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Thursday 9 June - Tuesday 14 June 2005

Holy men in tights! Feature films, TV episodes, animations and introductory talks featuring all your action-packed favourites.

Whether human or god, born or created, product of nature or creature of science, superheroes and supervillains have existed as cultural icons for centuries. Why have they endured? How have they transformed over the decades? What is their cultural or mythic function?

The program coincides with a major international conference hosted by the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Melbourne (Thursday 9 June - Sunday 12 June) including a fancy dress ball (Saturday 11 June).

Curated by Lisa Pieroni, with assistance from Angela Ndalianis, Lucy Wright and Malcolm Turner.

Full $13   Concession $10
Season pass (any 6 sessions) Full $60    Concession $48

Presented with the Cinema Studies Program, University of Melbourne.

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double dare

Action-packed documentary following two delightful, tough-as-nails Hollywood stuntwomen who kick ass for a living.

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the new original wonder woman

Series pilot starring Lynda Carter as the first, and most popular, female superhero.

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clash of the titans

Grand and glorious romantic adventure, based on heroic tales from Greek mythology.

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Roger Vadim's camp, sexy, silly and outrageously enjoyable tale of a 'five-star double-rated astronautical aviatrix'.

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superman: the movie

Dynamic, grandly entertaining saga of the Man of Steel, featuring Christopher Reeve in his most renowned role.

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animation program one

Program of short animations in affectionate homage to superheroes everywhere.

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Sam Raimi revives Stan Lee's classic Marvel comic creation with great gusto. Starring Tobey Maguire.

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harvey birdman, attorney at law

Hilarious, third-rate superhero, who files motions, cross-examines and occasionally blasts opposing counsel with solar rays.

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santo vs. the martians

Mexico's 60s silver-masked wrestling superhero confronts Martian invaders intent on destroying Planet Earth!

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forum > superheroes: holy men in tights!

Share your opinions with visiting authorities on the Superhero genre.

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Tim Burton's dark, haunting and poetic reworking of Bob Kane's comic book creation.

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caped crusaders: fighting the good fight

Traces the early development of the superhero screen serial from Judex to Batman!

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animation program two

Episodes from some of the most popular animation superhero serials, from the 60s to the 90s.

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Complex adaptation of Marvel Comics' mutant superheroes, starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.

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thunderbirds are go

Lavish and colourful feature version of Gerry Anderson's 60s puppet TV series.

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flash gordon conquers the universe

Six episodes of the 1940 serial chronicling the daring adventures of Flash Gordon.

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the crow

Alex Proyas' visually stylish tale stars Brandon Lee as an undead avenger.

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