Dedicated to screening rare & significant films in their original format.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society.

We hold screenings at The Australian Centre for the Moving image every Wednesday night for most of the year.

Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a monthly or yearly basis.



Luchino Visconti
 (1963) 187 mins PG

A Sicilian aristocrat—Burt Lancaster in a towering and beautifully modulated performance—wistfully reflects on the passing of the old order collapsing around him. Visconti’s opulent and earthy masterwork (breathtakingly shot by the great Giuseppe Rotunno) perfectly captures the depth and cogent melancholy of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s widely celebrated novel of the Risorgimento. A profound work of historical filmmaking, the extended ball sequence is one of the great “end of an era” passages in the cinema.

The stellar supporting cast includes Terence Hill, Pierre Clémenti and Serge Reggiani as well as Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon as the film’s almost impossibly beautiful young romantic couple. Score by Nino Rota.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

CTEQ Annotation
‘The Contiguous World of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (1963)’ by John Edmond.

‘The Incompossible Language of Natural Aristocracy: Deleuze’s Misreading of Visconti’s The Leopard’ by Lucio Angelo Privitello.



The Melbourne Cinémathèque started out as the Melbourne University Film Society (MUFS) in 1948 and changed its name to Cinémathèque in 1984.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque aims to present films in the medium they were created and as closely as possible to screen films the way they would have originally screened (i.e. big screen, celluloid prints, not video or DVD).

Programmes include a diverse selection of classic and contemporary films showcasing director retrospectives, special guest appearances and thematic series including archival material and new or restored prints.

We have on occasion hosted numerous seminars featuring renowned film scholars such as David Bordwell, Adrian Martin and Ian Christie. We are also dedicated to providing new annotations on the films we screen via the CTEQ annotations, hosted as a part of the quarterly online film journal Senses of Cinema.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered and membership-driven relying on support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government funding to maintain its high standard of excellence. If you would like to be involved, or to offer donations or sponsorship, please contact us.


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MARCH 16, 7:00PM Douglas Sirk’s ALL I DESIRE to be replaced by Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY as part of the Barbara Stanwyck program.