The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska play flesh-eating mermaid sisters Silver and Golden. Singing sensations in a seedy nightclub in 1980s Poland, they are subject to differing temptations of the flesh when mixing undetected with humankind, with existential implications for one and all. One of the most audacious feature debuts of recent years, Smoczyńska’s “Daughters of Dancing” (when translated literally from the Polish) is a lurid and dank coming-of-age, synth-pop song-and-dance spectacular drawing on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and steeping it in strong feminist undercurrents with horror flourishes.
Also screening on Wed 14 December
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – Wed 7 Dec, 7pm
City of Lost Souls (1983) – Wed 7 Dec, 8.50pm
The Lure (2015) – Wed 14 Dec, 7pm
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985) – Wed 14 Dec, 8.45pm
The Hop Pickers (1964) – Wed 21 Dec, 7pm
Singing on the Treadmill (1974) – Wed 21 Dec, 8.40pm
The movie musical, while intermittently revived in the mainstream affections, has long been associated with the golden age of Hollywood between the 1930s and the 1960s. This season demonstrates that the musical has also flourished away from this perceived American “centre” – while still existing in dialogue with it – throughout the subsequent decades.
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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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