February 10

OPENING NIGHT 2016

7:00PM – HEAVEN CAN WAIT
Ernst Lubitsch (1943) 112 mins G

Lubitsch’s first colour film is a remarkably gentle and deeply humanistic fantasy featuring Don Ameche as an inveterate ladies’ man who calmly accepts he has lived a life of sin and debauchery while recounting his past and requesting admission to hell. Poking sly fun at
the manners, décor, costumes and naughtiness of the turn of the century and beyond, the film’s locales shift luminously between highly stylised and boldly Technicolor renditions of old New York, Kansas City and the modern streamlined waiting room of perdition.

Features pitch perfect performances by Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, Laird Cregar and the breathtaking Gene Tierney.

The film has recently been restored by the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox in collaboration with The Film Foundation; it comes to Melbourne very soon after its unveiling at a Hollywood premiere in late 2015.

Please join us downstairs at Optic Kitchen and Bar after the film to celebrate the launch of the Melbourne Cinémathèque’s 2016 program.

Trailer

CTEQ Annotation
‘Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch, 1943)’ by Eloise Ross.

23 February
OPENING NIGHT 2022

2 March – 16 March
“THIS COCKEYED CARAVAN”: THE COMIC UNIVERSE OF PRESTON STURGES

23 March – 4 April
FEARLESS VULNERABILITY: THE FILMS OF JULIETTE BINOCHE

12 April – 27 April
WILDFLOWERS: DANCING, DESIRE AND FREEDOM IN THE FILMS OF GILLIAN ARMSTRONG

4 May – 18 May
MORE THAN NIGHT: THE FATAL VISION OF FRITZ LANG

25 May – 1 June
FACING MODERNITY: A TRIBUTE TO MONICA VITTI

8 June – 22 June
REACHING BEYOND THE FRAME: THE POETIC CINEMA OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

29 June – 13 July
HIROSHI SHIMIZU: FORGOTTEN MASTER

20 July – 3 August
MASTERPIECES OF UKRAINIAN CINEMA

24 August – 7 September
"LIFE’S PARADE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS": DOUGLAS SIRK

14 September – 28 September
OSCILLATING WILDLY: CÉLINE SCIAMMA’S INCLUSIVE CINEMA

5 October – 12 October
GALLOWS BACCHANALIAS, FRACTIOUS FAIRY-TALES AND THE RULE OF THREE: THE CINEMA OF JURAJ JAKUBISKO

19 October
AT HOME IN THE WORLD: CECIL HOLMES, ACTIVIST FILMMAKER

26 October – 2 November
QUEERING THE ARCHIVE: THE CINEMA OF BARBARA HAMMER

9 November – 23 November
THE BRINK OF LIFE: F. W. MURNAU, CINEMATIC VISIONARY

30 November
SHIFTING THE FOCUS: JOAN MICKLIN SILVER IN THE SEVENTIES

7 December – 21 December
GENRE NONCONFORMITY AND EAST SIDE STORIES: DECENTRING THE MUSICAL PART I