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.
7:00pm – THE WILD CHILD
François Truffaut (1970) 85 mins PG
In a vein characteristic of Truffaut’s overall thematic focus on adolescence, this modest but profoundly eloquent film sympathises with the difficult and even ambivalent act of welcoming a child into the world. Based on an actual case from the late eighteenth century, the film stars Truffaut himself as the doctor who is central to the “wild” child’s upbringing, and in his dual role as actor and director he brings a patient, compassionate and gently complex relationship to life. Jean-Pierre Cargol gives a stunning performance as the untutored child gradually “born into” language. Exquisitely edited by nouvelle vague regular Agnès Guillemot. With Jean Dasté and Claude Miller.
Screening to be introduced by Professor Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), one of the world’s leading film scholars and the author of numerous books on various aspects of cinema including The Man Who Knew Too Much and Marnie (both in the BFI Classics series), The Eyes Have It: Cinema and the Reality Effect, Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue and The Horse Who Drank the Sky.
‘The Wild Child’ by Brad Weismann.
9:05pm – SMALL CHANGE
François Truffaut (1976) 104 mins M
“All that a child does on screen, he seems to do for the first time”, Truffaut once marvelled, reflecting on this magical, picaresque tragicomedy for which he returned to one of his most fruitful subjects – the lives, loves and laughter of children. In a novelistic collection of vignettes precisely observed from French provincial life, Truffaut captures the spirit of youth as only he could: innocently and honestly, but also in a manner as complex and richly detailed as any adult drama. One of Truffaut’s most successful films, it features a score sourced from the works of legendary 1930s film composer Maurice Jaubert.
“From the first bottle to the first kiss”: François Truffaut’s ‘Small Change’ by Danica van de Velde.
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 the Melbourne Cinémathèque.
Curatorial Committee: Michael Koller, Michelle Carey, Adrian Danks, Eloise Ross and Cerise Howard.
Supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.