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.
Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1982) 109 mins
At the outbreak of World War I, a group of refugees, Jews and aristocrats take shelter at an Austro-Hungarian inn near the Russian border. There seems to be a shocking contrast between the peacefulness of the countryside and the constant sounds of distant combat threatening the safeguard of the inn. But the former is threatened from within, and Kawalerowicz delves deeply into the hidden chaos that’s just as destructive as the warfare surrounding it. Photographed with a lyrical brutality by Zygmunt Samosiuk.
9:00PM MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS
Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1961) 110 mins
Kawalerowicz’s loose adaptation of the events that took place in the French town of Loudon in 1634 (which formed the basis for Huxley’s novel and inspired Ken Russell’s The Devils), transposes the action to a Polish convent, where a priest investigates demonic possession among nuns. However, he also finds himself involved in unavoidable mutual attraction with the Mother Superior (Lucyna Winnicka, in the title role). Rich in symbolism, this film is above all anti-dogma in its message and has emerged over time as Kawalerowicz’s most widely known and celebrated work.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
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.