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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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CRIMINAL LIVES AND DIFFICULT LOVES: THE CINEMA OF JACQUES BECKER

November 26

7.00PM – CASQUE D’OR
Jacques Becker (1952) 94 mins

Becker’s most famous work is a seemingly uncharacteristic period film rich with Parisian criminal lore and a love of (low) life. Simone Signoret and Serge Reggiani, as the doomed lovers, riff on the chemistry developed in Ophuls’ La Ronde, revelling in their nuanced and sensually frank performances. Every aspect of the film is lavish and sumptuous, from the evocative sets and intoxicating black-and-white cinematography to the scintillating dialogue of the script and the panoply of fully drawn supporting characters. The film was a particular favourite of François Truffaut and Jacques Rivette.

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8.45PM – ÉDOUARD ET CAROLINE
Jacques Becker (1951) 88 mins

This comedy of manners in the vein of Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges revolves around a pair of quarrelling newlyweds (Daniel Gélin and Anne Vernon) who make up as quickly as they squabble. Making the most of a sharp script, tight budget and only two sets, Becker uses an astute observational style to focus on the richness of small details, such as the gestures and glances between the couple, showing a true affection for his youthful characters. Filled with delightful music and a few jibes at the bourgeoisie.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

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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.