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 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 short-term or yearly basis.

All Melbourne Cinémathèque annual memberships valid when we closed in March 2020 are being extended by 13 months, matching the period we were closed. Mini passes with either one or two weeks remaining at the time of our 2020 closure will also be honoured.

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


August 25

Jean Cocteau (1946) 93 mins Download (+KDM) – PG

This ageless gothic fairy-tale comes fully to life in Cocteau’s magically surreal romantic spectacle. With a dreamlike tone, complete with fantastical inventions, cinematic trickery, and smoke and mirrors, Cocteau’s opus is one of the true landmarks of French cinema. The beautifully detailed costume designs, Henri Alekan’s extraordinarily opulent and fluid cinematography, and Georges Auric’s memorable score are coupled with highly influential effects (René Clément was technical advisor). Jean Marais, Cocteau’s long-time partner and muse, stars as “The Beast”.

Once Upon a Time…: Beauty and the Beast by Jeremy Carr

Jean Cocteau (1960) 80 mins DCP JORR. StudioCanal (+KDM) – PG

Mixing life and death, present and future, nightmare and dream, the third part of Cocteau’s “Orphic trilogy” is a summation of the artist’s works and preoccupations. Cocteau as The Poet wanders weightlessly through a dream landscape peopled by his friends, collaborators, characters and images from his films, including María Casares, Jean Marais, Pablo Picasso, Françoise Sagan, Charles Aznavour, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Brigitte Bardot, Edouard Dermithe and Yul Brynner.

“An Artist Always Paints His Own Portrait”: Jean Cocteau’s Testament of Orpheus by Wheeler Winston Dixon


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 and Cerise Howard for the Melbourne Cinémathèque

Subtitling Logistics: Lorenzo Rosa

Music Synchronisation: Michael Koller

Supported by Film Victoria, RMIT University & The City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.


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