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

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

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a membership-based film society based in Melbourne, Australia.

We hold screenings at ACMI, Fed Square every Wednesday night for most of the year.

Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a short-term or yearly basis.

We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation.


Wednesday 28 February


Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1982) 107 mins

Amongst the most fondly remembered of the Tavianis’ films, this winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, recounting the dangerous trek of a group of Tuscan villagers trying to reach American forces during the final stages of the war in Italy, is a poetic, beautifully shot, fantastical and tragi-comic masterpiece. This mix of melodrama, deep-veined history, dramatic and magical realism presents a heightened portrayal of the memories, traumas and experiences of war and occupation. Starring Omero Antonutti (Padre padrone, El sur) and Margarita Lozano.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

The Night of the Shooting Stars
by Darragh O’Donoghue


Valentino Orsini, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1962) 90 mins – Unclassified 15+

The Tavianis’ first feature – co-directed, like all of their early work, by Orsini – provides an early role for Gian Maria Volontè as a real-life trade unionist, Salvatore Carnevale, returning to Sicily to organise peasant farmers against the malign influence of the Mafia. Developing upon the activist documentary shorts the trio had been directing for nearly a decade, critic Paolo Mereghetti notes that the film already shows evidence of attempts to overcome neorealism by introducing elements of political and existential reflection.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.


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.

Presented by The Melbourne Cinémathèque with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Curated by Michael Koller, Adrian Danks, Eloise Ross, Cerise Howard and Andréas Giannopoulos for the Melbourne Cinémathèque

Subtitling Logistics: Lorenzo Rosa

Music Synchronisation: Michael Koller

Supported by VicScreen & RMIT University.


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