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.
7:00 – UN FLIC
Jean-Pierre Melville (1972) 98 mins PG
Melville’s last film is an ideal, if bracingly pessimistic, final testament. Opening with one of the great sequences of the director’s career, a brilliantly atmospheric and typically elemental seaside heist, it provides a distillation of Melville’s career and his characteristically obsessive preoccupations. A melancholic and metallic blue sheen imbues the film and its characters with a death-like pallor fully appropriate to this fatalistic and often-oneiric tale focusing on the relentless pursuit of criminals and the close bond between the almost somnambulistic detective (Alain Delon) and the chief suspect (Richard Crenna). With Catherine Deneuve.
8:50 – LE SILENCE DE LA MER
Jean-Pierre Melville (1949) 88 mins
Melville’s first feature is an intense, compelling and poetic drama focusing on the “plight” of a cultured and sympathetic German officer (Howard Vernon) who is billeted in the home of a French farmer and his daughter (Nicole Stéphane), who has sworn to never speak to the invader. A work of images, gestures and silences rather than movement and action, Melville’s great portrait of resistance was a significant influence upon Robert Bresson and remains a definitive representation of the Occupation. It opens the way for Léon Morin, prêtre and the director’s masterwork, L’armée des ombres. Based on the celebrated wartime novel by Vercors.
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.