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 – EVA
Joseph Losey (1962) 107 mins – PG
Without a conventional narrative or clearly motivated characters, Losey presents a misanthropic vision of sexuality and obsession, brilliantly shot by regular Fellini and Antonioni cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo. Moreau fearlessly inhabits the sultry, shameless gold digger who seduces, manipulates and torments a phoney Welsh writer (Stanley Baker). Relying on overt symbolism, Losey indulges in elaborate sets, flamboyant costumes and figurative objects to paint a picture of languid decadence in post-La dolce vita Italy. Based on James Hadley Chase’s 1945 bestselling novel and showcasing a great jazz score by Michel Legrand.
35mm print courtesy of the EYE Filmmuseum.
9:00pm – L’ADOLESCENTE
Jeanne Moreau (1979) 90 mins – Unclassified 15 +*
Moreau’s second feature as director is a warmly observant chronicle of three interconnected generations – daughter, mother (Edith Clever) and grandmother (Simone Signoret) – that traces the rapture and disenchantment of a young teenage girl’s romantic awakening on the eve of World War II, and allows Moreau to explore a distinctively feminist sensibility. The surrounding mountainous French countryside is captured with an intimate attention to its sensorial atmosphere, idyllic but for the approaching dark clouds of war. Features a movingly expressive score by Philippe Sarde.
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.