Dedicated to screening rare & significant films in their original format.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a membership-based film society based in Melbourne, Australia.

We hold screenings at ACMI, Fed Square every Wednesday night for most of the year.

Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a short-term or yearly basis.

We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation.


Wednesday 29 May


Luchino Visconti (1976) 129 mins – M

Cecchi d’Amico was a key Visconti collaborator working with him many times between Bellissima in 1951 and this, his final film, released only a couple of months after his death. Italy’s high society near the turn of the 19th century serves as a backdrop for a searing critique of aristocratic hypocrisy and self-deluded, fragile masculinity. Gorgeously shot by Pasqualino De Santis, this sumptuous mélange of luxury, class, history and death is a sublime synthesis of the themes that forever interested Visconti, a haunting portrayal of a world clinging to its fading, spectral glory. Starring Giancarlo Giannini and Laura Antonelli.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Luchino Visconti’s L’innocente
by Shari Kizirian


Michelangelo Antonioni (1953) 101 mins – Unclassified 15+

A backstage, film-on-film melodrama partly built around Antonioni’s association with various actresses, Cecchi d’Amico’s first collaboration with the director (on his second feature) was also co-written with Francesco Maselli and Pier Maria Pasinetti. Lucia Bosè plays a newly discovered starlet weighed down by the travails of fame and confronted by fawning, aggressive crowds of her own adoring fans. Featuring a dynamic score composed by Antonioni regular Giovanni Fusco (L’eclisse, Hiroshima mon amour), this is the director’s first fully characteristic and truly modern work. With Gino Cervi and Andrea Checchi.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

La signora senza camelie
by Adrian Danks


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.

Presented by The Melbourne Cinémathèque with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Curated by Michael Koller, Adrian Danks, Eloise Ross, Cerise Howard and Andréas Giannopoulos for the Melbourne Cinémathèque

Subtitling Logistics: Lorenzo Rosa

Music Synchronisation: Michael Koller

Supported by VicScreen & RMIT University.


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