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 – FLAVOUR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE
Yasujirō Ozu (1952) 116 mins G
Showing remarkable depth, Ozu and co-writer Kōgo Noda present a character study of a childless middle-class couple struggling to reconcile their relationship with the awakening of their independent emotional desires. The result is a delicate melodrama, graceful and restrained in its depiction of romantic and domestic dissolution. While an intimate portrait of an unhappy marriage, this film is compassionate also for its commentary on the trauma of Japan’s postwar struggle towards modernisation. With Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure and Chishū Ryū.
“A Happy Sense of Solitude”: Exterior Space in Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice by Joanna Di Mattia.
9:05pm – FLOATING WEEDS
Yasujirō Ozu (1959) 119 mins PG
Ozu transforms his own black-and-white silent, 1934’s A Story of Floating Weeds, into an elegiac late-career masterpiece about an ageing actor (the great Ganjirō Nakamura) who returns to a seaside town and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, enraging his current mistress (Machiko Kyō). Working in colour with acclaimed cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Shin Heike Monogatari), Ozu creates an atmospheric, deeply humanistic and heartbreaking observation of romantic entanglement, personal foibles and the rhythms of everyday life.
DCP restoration courtesy of the Japan Foundation.
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, Adrian Danks, Eloise Ross and Cerise Howard, with Associate Curator Michelle Carey
Supported by Film Victoria, RMIT University & The City of Melbourne