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 – IDENTIFICATION
OF A WOMAN
Michelangelo Antonioni (1982) 128 mins R
Antonioni’s final incontestable masterpiece recalls his epochal films of social alienation and infuses their themes with a startlingly frank sexuality. In a daring and risky move, the main character is a film director himself, and the story of his ensuing affairs is a discomfortingly ambiguous expose of masculine desire and creative obsession. With surprising comic moments and typically audacious visual set pieces, the film is both a summation and development of Antonioni’s thoughts on modernity and the entropy in human relations. Brilliantly shot by Carlo Di Palma.
35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.
9:20PM – ZABRISKIE POINT
Michelangelo Antonioni (1970) 110 mins M
Antonioni’s most visionary work is a massively expensive, impressionistic view of late ’60s American materialism culminating in one of the most extraordinary explosions ever captured on film. Featuring several audacious set pieces including a rhapsodic lovemaking sequence in Death Valley and an ambiguously staged university shooting, Antonioni’s characteristically abstract anti-establishment reflection on tumultuous times was co-written by Sam Shepard, Antonioni, Tonino Guerra and Clare Peploe and memorably scored by such acts as Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and John Fahey. With Rod Taylor.
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.