The inmate characters of Stalag 17 crowd together at a window
The inmate characters of Stalag 17 crowd together at a window
Stalag 17 (1953)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Stalag 17

Billy Wilder | United States of America | | G

Based on a successful Broadway play written by ex-inmates of Stalag 17B, Wilder’s exquisitely detailed and sardonic adaptation provides a fascinating insight into the camaraderie, treachery, comedy and tragedy of prison life.

Set during the intense 1944 Allied bombing campaign, Stalag 17 focuses on a group of American airmen and their attempts to uncover a spy in their midsts. A huge influence on films such as The Great Escape, it turns on the Oscar-winning performance by William Holden as a self-interested, widely distrusted recent arrival who must prove his innocence. With Otto Preminger.

Format: DCP, Black & White
Language: English, German and Russian
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 120 mins


3 & 5 May 2021


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101 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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(admission for 12 months of screenings from date of purchase)

Full $295 / Concession $265

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Melbourne Cinémathèque patrons can pre-book one session per week, either the Monday or Wednesday night screening. This booking entitles you to entry to both films on the night you have booked. Membership does not ensure admission. Members will not be allowed entry if they have not pre-booked a ticket and the session has reached capacity.

Bookings for this session will open at 12pm Thursday 22 April.

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