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 – BOB LE FLAMBEUR
Jean-Pierre Melville (1956) 98 mins PG
Melville’s highly influential, playful gangster film lovingly sketches Montmartre as both a realistic geography and a cartoon milieu of two-bit criminal Paris. An homage to the mood and atmosphere of the American gangster film, its low-budget joie de vivre and existential world-weariness paved the way for the nouvelle vague in terms of its visual style, freewheeling approach to filming and dedication to the byways of cinema history. Evocatively shot and featuring a magnificently cool and knowing performance by Roger Duchesne as the compulsive title character.
8:50 – DEUX HOMMES DANS MANHATTAN
Jean-Pierre Melville (1959) 84 mins
“A personal odyssey which marries cultural pilgrimage with sexual narrative” (Ginette Vincendeau), this freewheeling low-budget work includes Melville’s only starring role and features his only appearance in one of his own films. Melville, aided by a dissolute photographer (Pierre Grasset), plays a journalist on the trail of a missing diplomat. Featuring exteriors shot in nighttime New York, the film’s stunning location photography (by Michael Shrayer and Melville, and overseen by Nicolas Hayer in Paris) captures a gritty, documentary reality that, accentuated by the smoky jazz score, makes this Melville’s most direct homage to the American film noir.
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.