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.

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


December 8

7:00pm ORPHÉE
Jean Cocteau (1950) 95 mins JORR. DCP Unzero (+KDM) – PG

This intensely personal reworking of the Orpheus legend is probably Cocteau’s most influential cinematic achievement. He uses reverse slow-motion and negative images to suggest the Underworld, while the ordinary domestic life of Mr and Mrs Orpheus is filmed realistically, elaborating the theme of the poet caught between real and imaginary worlds. This haunting and visually striking
film is amongst the most remarkable attempts to fuse poetry and cinema. Stars Jean Marais, María Casares, François Périer and Juliette Gréco.

Between Dreams and Death: Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus by Jeremy Carr

Jean Cocteau (1948) 105 mins 35mm print – Unclassified 15 +

Described by Time Out as a “gut-wrenching tale of emotional rivalries” and by The Guardian as an “Oedipal farce”, Cocteau’s claustrophobic adaptation of his own play invites a wide spectrum of responses. Five characters, two sets, astonishing close-ups and metronomically precise editing highlight the story of a young man (Jean Marais) who finds himself battling both his parents (Yvonne de Bray and Marcel André), each for vastly different reasons, when he announces that he’s fallen in love. Gabrielle Dorziat and Josette Day round out the ensemble of heightened, stylised performances.

Family Matters: Les Parents terribles by Donovan Renn


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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