Melbourne Cinémathèque

Dedicated to screening rare and significant films from the history of international cinema.

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May be subject to variation. Additional charges apply to some events. All films are unclassified 18+ unless otherwise indicated. Pass may not guarantee admission. Presented by Melbourne Cinémathèque and ACMI.

The Cinema Of Jan Svankmajer

Dialogue and Resistance (Jan Svankmajer Shorts, Part 1)

A program of astonishing short films in celebration of Jan Svankmajer's 80th birthday.


Jan Svankmajer's second feature is a heady mixture of live action and multiple forms of animation.

Alice (Neco z alenky)

Jan Svankmajer's first feature film is a free interpretation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

Conspirators of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti)

Jan Svankmajer's hilarious third film features six characters participating blithely in an elaborate autoerotic roundelay.

Militant Surrealism (Jan Svankmajer Shorts, Part 2)

Five more shorts of astonishing virtuosity in their admixture of various forms of animation and live action.

Little Otik (Otesánek)

Jan Svankmajer's fourth feature is a tale of an infertile couple raising a tree stump as the child they could otherwise never have.

Sam Peckinpah and the Fading of the West

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Warren Oates is perfectly cast as an under-employed piano player who goes on a wild ride through the Mexican underworld.

The Getaway

Steve McQueen stars in Sam Peckinpah's violent and bracingly modern crime action classic based on a novel by Jim Thompson.

The Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah's elegiac and brutal revisionist Western is one of the seminal works of late-1960s cinema.

Ride the High Country

Sam Peckinpah's second feature is an autumnal end-of-the-West film that provides a moving meditation on the passing of an era.

Major Dundee

Charlton Heston stars as Amos Dundee in this key early work of Sam Peckinpah's feature film career.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue

A gold prospector and a prostitute try to build a life for themselves in a desert outpost of the old West.

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