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The Chauvel Cinémathèque

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
Published March 1st 2011
If you want to watch some of the greatest feature films of all time in style, you cannot go past the current film program being offered by Sydney's Chauvel Cinémathèque.

Screen capture from Carnival of Souls (1962).


Curated by Sam Fielder, the upcoming film program includes diverse masterpieces from celebrated directors such as Nicolas Roeg, Peter Greenway, Alfred Hitchcock, Herk Harvey and Samuel Fuller. The eclectic film program is presented every Monday at 6:30pm. To attend a Cinémathèque screening, you will need to become a member.

There are three membership options on offer;

Mini Membership (4 screenings/1 guest): Full $20/Concession $16.50

Quarterly Membership (12 screenings/3 guests): Full $40/Concession $35.50

Annual Membership (52 screenings/12 guests) Full $99/Concession $82.

You can purchase any of these memberships at the door or online.

View the full film program here or browse some of the highlights below.

Walkabout (1971) (Monday 14 March)

This Australian/British feature directed by British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, stars Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg and David Gulpilil. Walkabout was in competition as the British entry at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971. The film continues to be embraced by modern audiences and was described by Paul Ryan in the essay Walkabout: Landscapes of Memory as "... an astonishing visual poem, by turns violent, innocent, and elegiac. Above all, it is truthful."



A Zed and Two Noughts (1986) (Monday 28 March)

This is a curious feature written and directed by Peter Greenaway, which Nathan Lee of Village Voice described as "... an enjoyably decadent, ridiculously convoluted thingamajig."




Dial M for Murder (1954) (Monday 4 April)

A classic Hitchcock feature, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings. If you have only seen the Hollywood remake A Perfect Murder (1998), directed by Andrew Davis, starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen, check out the original. Dial M for Murder also inspired a Bollywood remake in 1985 entitled Aitbaar.




Carnival of Souls (1962) (Monday 18 April)

For a change of pace see this low budget 1962 horror flick produced and directed by Herk Harvey and starring Candace Hilligoss. This cult classic was also remade in 1998, under the banner of Wes Craven Presents 'Carnival of Souls'.



Shock Corridor (1963) (Monday 25 April)

Directed Samuel Fuller Shock Corridor is a personal favourite and an exquisite dark and twisted film. The Martin Scorsese directed Shutter Island (2010) shares the same thematic concerns of Shock Corridor and also the same pulp tone. The 1963 psychological drama stars Peter Breck, Constance Towers and James Best.



Also you may be interested in the regular Cult Fridays film program. Tickets are priced at just $12 and screenings start at 8:30pm.

For both the Cinémathèque and Cult Fridays events, you may purchase membership/tickets online or at the door.

Also join the mailing list for the very latest on the film program.
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Why? See Great Films in Style
When: Every Monday
Where: Paddington Town Hall Cnr Oxford St & Oatley Rd Paddington, NSW, 2021
Cost: Membership Only
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