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The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society. We hold screenings at The Australia 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.

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“TIMES HAVE CHANGED”: SAM PECKINPAH AND THE FADING OF THE WEST

September 24

7.00PM – THE WILD BUNCH
Sam Peckinpah (1969) 145 mins R

Peckinpah’s elegiac and brutal revisionist western is one of the seminal works of late ’60s cinema. A Vietnam-era allegorical tale of a bunch of American outlaws who journey across the Mexican border, it features an extraordinarily vivid cast of ageing stars and character actors (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson).

Breathtakingly shot by Lucien Ballard, and highlighting Peckinpah’s influential combination of violent action and slow-motion cinematography, it reeks of death, decadence and the palpable taste of things coming to an end.

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‘The Wild Bunch’ by Tony Williams.

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9.35PM – RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
Sam Peckinpah (1962) 94 mins PG

When two ageing ex-lawmen (Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott in his last film) are contracted to transport gold from a remote mining camp, the idealism of one makes an uneasy bedfellow with the opportunistic pragmatism of the other. Peckinpah’s second feature – now regarded as one of the great Westerns of the post-classical era – is an autumnal end-of-the-West Western that provides a moving meditation on the passing of an era and the stoic restoration of dignity and morality within a less than mythical West.

With Mariette Hartley, Warren Oates and L. Q. Jones.

Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

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‘Ride the High Country’: The Once and Future Sam by Tony Williams.

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Melbourne Cinémathèque’s top picks for MIFF 2014

The Melbourne Cinémathèque team is taking a break for a few weeks because our equivalent of Christmas starts on the 1st of August this year. We resume screenings on the 27th of August so until then, you’ll be able to find us at The Melbourne International Film Festival. So, while we’re busy frantically planning our schedules, we thought we’d share our top picks! Check out our list over at our Facebook page.