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 – THE STRANGE CASE OF
DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE
Walerian Borowczyk (1981) 95 mins
Unclassified 15+ Unless accompanied by an adult
In this macabre re-invention of Robert Louis Stevenson’s endlessly generative classic, Dr. Jekyll (the immortal Udo Kier) suckles the deep, sickly ecstasies of co-dependent, conspiratorial amour fou. Miss Osbourne (Marina Pierro) is here positioned as a “Surrealist Woman, one in a long line of ‘heroines of evil’ that Borowczyk celebrated” (Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin). Between these twin pillars of performative hysteria, Borowczyk works to find the correct temperature for a “contagion of delirium”, one that steeps its audience in the peculiarly feverish, fragmentary power of Euro-hybrid poetics. With Patrick Magee and Howard Vernon.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne by Alison Taylor.
8:45PM – THE STORY OF SIN
Walerian Borowczyk (1975) 124 mins M
Borowczyk’s adaptation of Polish writer Stefan Zeromski’s 19th-century novel makes obsessive use of lavish period detail in evoking fin de siècle Warsaw. The film is an ecstatically dark fantasy of an initially virginal woman pursuing a faithless love, while pursued herself by sexual predators across Europe—the more sordid details transcended by Grazyna Dlugolęcka’s psychologically plausible performance. Passionate, melodramatic and struck through with an unusual degree of menace, it was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
The Story of a Sin by Simon Strong.
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.
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MARCH 16, 7:00PM Douglas Sirk’s ALL I DESIRE to be replaced by Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY as part of the Barbara Stanwyck program.