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 DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU
Cristi Puiu (2005) 153 mins M
Initially pegged as a practitioner of social realism in line with the work of other key contemporary Romanian filmmakers, Puiu’s second feature slyly undermines such simple descriptions. Using the pretext of a sparse narrative – a slowly dying man is shunted, untreated, from hospital to hospital – Puiu advances formal experiments in long-take staging and extreme time distension, slowly accreting a thoroughly caustic, bitingly funny dissection of the widespread social malaise that characterises everyday life in the post-Ceaușescu era. Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
‘The Death of Mr. Lazarescu’ by Rahul Hamid.
Often lauded as starting the Romanian New Wave, Puiu’s debut feature sees a small-town slacker, Ovidiu (Alexandru Papadopol), tasked with transporting a satchel of “medical supplies” to the Romanian capital. Almost everything that can go wrong does; the film focusing on Ovidiu’s impatience as the world closes in around him. Calling to mind both the greasy, high-octane thrill of Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop and the downbeat affect of Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law, Puiu’s deadpan caper is ultimately representative of a Europe where the line between enterprise and crime is profoundly blurred.
Off the Road Again: ‘Stuff and Dough’ by Kenta McGrath.
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 and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Curated by the Melbourne Cinémathèque.
Curatorial Committee: Michael Koller, Michelle Carey, Adrian Danks and Eloise Ross with assistance from Cerise Howard.
Supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.