May 10

WATER RITES: A COLLABORATION WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

“Artists and creatives have always been at the vanguard of social change – we rely on them to hold a mirror to the uneasy truths of our times and reflect our stories,” the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival’s mission statement reads. The same reasoning and commitment could be said to underlie the Melbourne Cinémathèque’s undertaking to screen significant and provocative works from the complete history of world cinema; from the earliest silent films to recent digital experimentations, cinema is a bellwether of our connection to and direction in the world.

In a continuation of an important partnership formed in 2014, this screening profiles cinema as a truly global art form. It features two films restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project which is “dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world.” The screening begins with Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann’s truly committed and proto-neo-realist docu-drama of fishermen trying to survive and make a living on the Gulf of Mexico. Beautifully shot by photographer Paul Strand it was the first complete film directed by Zinnemann, an Austrian-born filmmaker who would go on to a stellar career as a socially and politically progressive director in Hollywood (The Seventh Cross, High Noon, Julia). The program concludes with the beautiful and heartbreaking A River Called Titas, an epic social drama of the everyday lives of people living on the River Titas directed by one of the towering figures of Bengali cinema, Ritwik Ghatak.

Presented in conjunction with:

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

The Film Foundation.

World Cinema Project.

May 10

7:00pm REDES
Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann (1936) 65 mins
Unclassified 15 + (unless accompanied by an adult)

This pearl of dramatic concision is one of the great works of galvanising agitprop filmmaking. A swift-paced narrative of the political awakening of a group of poor and disenfranchised Mexican fisherman, the film is the collaborative fruit of Gómez Muriel and Zinnemann (The Sundowners, From Here to Eternity), the great photographer Paul Strand and composer Silvestre Revueltas (Aaron Copland favourably compared his score to Shostakovich’s cinema work). With a non-professional cast, it represents a crucial precursor to neo-realism.

CTEQ Annotation:
Modernist Realism: Redes by Parichay Patra.

Restored in 2010 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. In association with Filmoteca de la UNAM. Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways and Qatar Museum Authority.


8:20pm A RIVER CALLED TITAS
Ritwik Ghatak (1973) 159 mins
Unclassified 15 + (unless accompanied by an adult)

This multi-faceted “network narrative” set in 1930s Bangladesh examines the intertwining lives and fates of people who live amongst the fisheries on the River Titas. Dedicated to “the myriad of toilers of everlasting Bengal,” Ghatak’s critically acclaimed film is a beautifully detailed and epic social melodrama incorporating elements of bildungsroman, synthesised into a restless whole through the bold use of mise en scène and eruptions of tense Soviet-style montage. Based on the autobiographical novel by Advaita Mulya Barman.

CTEQ Annotation:
In Defence of A River Called Titas by Parichay Patra.

Restored in 2010 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna /L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Ritwik Memorial Trust and the National Film Archive of India. Additional film elements provided by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv. Restoration funding provided by the Doha Film Institute.

February 8 - February 22
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI: 20TH-CENTURY MAN

March 1 - March 15
PLAYING WITH CONTRADICTION: THE INDOMITABLE ISABELLE HUPPERT

March 22 - March 29
WORKING WOMEN, SHOWGIRLS AND TRANGRESSIVE DESIRES: THE FILMS OF DOROTHY ARZNER

April 5
BROKEN TRAIL: WALTER HILL IN THE 1970s

April 12 - April 26
“I’LL SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF THE MIND”: THE INTOXICATED CINEMA OF JOEL AND ETHAN COEN

May 3
BOLD ASPIRATIONS: HAROLD LLOYD AND 1920s AMERICA

May 10
WATER RITES: A COLLABORATION WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

May 17
FILMS FROM THE CO-OPS PART 2: MELBOURNE

May 24-June 7
“BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH”: ROBERT MITCHUM, HOLLYWOOD’S HARDBOILED SOUL

June 14 - June 28
DOUBLE AGENT: THE PERIOD FILMS OF ERIC ROHMER

July 5 - July 19
DREAMS OF EVERYDAY LIFE: THE QUIXOTIC CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KOREEDA

July 26
LUBITSCH: THE CHAPLIN TOUCH

August 23 - September 6
SHOCK TROOPS: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN

September 13 - 20
DELIRIUM AND DECADENCE: THE GIDDYING GOTHIC CINEMA OF JURAJ HERZ

September 27 - October 11
UNRULY WOMEN AND UNDISCIPLINED DESIRES: THE SUBLIMELY DECENTRED VISIONS OF JANE CAMPION

October 18 - November 1
STORIES FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF BUCHAREST: THE DARK REALISM OF CRISTI PUIU

November 8 - November 22
RAOUL WALSH, THE GREAT TRAFFIC COP OF THE MOVIES

November 29
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: THE COLLABORATIONS OF DARYL DELLORA AND SUE MASLIN

December 6 - December 13
OF THE WORLD AND ITS THINGS: THE MATERIALIST CINEMA OF DANIELE HUILLET AND JEAN-MARIE STRAUB