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.


August 24


Masaki Kobayashi
 (1967) 128 mins PG

After two years of marriage to a vassal, a lord demands the return of his concubine. The vassal’s family (led by Toshiro Mifune) rebels, forcing them into conflict with an old friend (played by Tatsuya Nakadai). Kobayashi uses the form of the period film to universalise his recurring theme of dissidence. The unbending ritual of the samurai code, richly entrenched in legend and historical lore, is stylishly realised and questioned through his use of cool, reticent movement and elegant composition. Score by Toru Takemitsu. With Yoko Tsukasa.

35mm print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.


Masaki Kobayashi
 (1957) 114 mins
Unclassified 15+ Unless accompanied by an adult

Combining existential and humanistic themes garnered from his own personal and reluctant wartime experience as a private in the Japanese army, Kobayashi surveys the immediate post-WWII social problems in a community adjacent to an American military base. Within a sordid and pitiless world seemingly devoid of optimism, Kobayashi explores innocence, purity and the loss of dignity, as a young woman (Ineko Arima) is tempted into prostitution by a local petty criminal (Tatsuya Nakadai). With Fumio Watanabe.

35mm print 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.


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