The Cinémathèque program for the first half of the year is out, as usual lots of great stuff. If you’re not familiar with it, the Cinémathèque is a film society screening films on Monday & Thursday nights at the Mercury Cinema, usually grouped into themed programs. You can’t buy individual tickets, you can buy a pass for 4 films, 16 films, or an annual pass which lets you get into everything (this is because technically they only have rights to screen films for members). I usually get an annual membership, it’s a great chance to see old favourites on the big screen, as well as catching up on those classics I never got around to seeing before and being exposed to fantastic obscurities that I’d never even heard of.
The program so far looks great, here’s some highlights for me
- Alain Resnais! Last Year at Marienbad is one of my favourite films ever, even though I saw it not too long ago after buying the dvd I can’t miss a chance to see it on the big screen, I’ve never seen it in the cinema before. Look forward to the other films in the Resnais program as well (I’ve seen Hiroshama Mon Amour but it was quite a long time ago, haven’t seen Je T’aime, Je T’aime).
- They haven’t had Woody Allen for a while so good to see some of his films there. Most of them I’ve already got on dvd and know well, but I never get sick of Annie Hall so I’ll probably go see it, and it’s hard to miss Manhattan just to see the opening on the big screen.
- Brazil – I’ve only ever seen half of this, the video I was watching went bad halfway through so I’ll be keen to see this.
- 1970’s Conspiracy Films – great theme! The only one I’ve seen is The Parallax View, so I’ll be keen to check out the others.
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder – never seen any of his films, interested to check them out.
- Bill Murray – nice selection, it’s a hell of a long time since I’ve seen Ghostbusters (have seen it on the big screen before, remember watching it at the Roxy in Parramatta when it first came out).
It all starts with Five Easy Pieces on March 28th.