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Saddle Up for Adelaide Cinémathèque 2016

Cowboys and cowgirls, Germanic filmmakers and auteurs are celebrated in Adelaide Cinémathèque’s first program for 2016 at the Mercury Cinema.

Cowboys and cowgirls, Germanic filmmakers and auteurs are celebrated in Adelaide Cinémathèque’s first program for 2016 at the Mercury Cinema.

In a season called Ranch Nights, Adelaide Cinémathèque launches with a bang at 6pm on Thursday, 4 February with classic western Forty Guns, starring Barbara Stanwyck. To keep all of the cowboys and cowgirls well-watered and fed, there will be Tex Mex BBQ, drinks specials, as well as prize for the best dressed cow poke.

Ranch Nights’ 1950s Western spotlight continues with John Ford’s The Searchers, starring John Wayne (8 Feb), Nicholas Ray with Johnny Guitar (18 Feb), Henry King’s The Gunfighter (15 Feb) and Aussie-made 1936 western Rangle River (aka Men with Whips).

MarleneFrom the old west to the old world and somewhere in between, Adelaide Cinémathèque presents two seasons of screen works from Germanic filmmakers.

Austrian American filmmaker, Josef von Strenberg, turned Marlene Dietrich into a star. Discover the six great films he made with her during the 1930s including Blue Angel (7 Feb), Shanghai Express (14 Feb) and Blonde Venus (17 Feb). The season starts on 3 March with the Maximillian Schell documentary, Marlene.

In April, another great German female screen figure is featured, this time the great director Margarethe Von Trotta who was a key figure of the New German Cinema 1970s movement. Films include Marianna and Julianne (14 April) and The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (18 April).

Other highlights of the program include a celebration of auteur directors who expressively used the potential of the extended screen provided by cinema scope entitled Wide Screens-Long Takes: Elia Kazan, East of Eden (24 March); Nicholas Ray, Bigger Than Life (28 March); Otto Premiger, Bunny Lake Is Missing (31 March); and George Cuckor, A Star Is Born (4 April).

A spotlight on the films of Hirokazu Kore-eda showcases the work of arguably the best Japanese director in the world today. The season includes Maborosi (22 Feb), Still Walking (25 Feb), Like Father, Like Son (29 Feb).


Also included in this season are two films structured around a single shot, Albie Thomas’s AFI-nominated Sydney surf and drug drama with a very young Bryan Brown, Palm Beach (7 April) and Jerzy Skolimowski’s Walkover (11 April).

A series of special events are peppered throughout Adelaide Cinémathèque including a Sunday Silent Remaster screening of King Vidor’s The Crowd with a improvised jazz soundtrack by the Poetry and Music Ensemble and an off the record session with Phillip Gwynne on his making of the SA feature, Australian Rules (2 May).

For a quarter century the Adelaide Cinémathèque has celebrated cinema in all its forms offering audiences a program of classic, cult, foreign language, experimental, documentary, independent, silent, short and premiere films had to find elsewhere.

The Media Resource Centre is proud to present the finest cinema from around the world right here in Adelaide. They offer a variety of memberships to the Adelaide Cinémathèque films society, which can be purchased anytime online, at the cinema or by phone. A Cinémathèque Annual Membership can be purchased for $135 FULL | $109 Concession, with other options being:

  • 16 session membership: $89 full | $69 Concession
  • 8 session membership: $55 full | $45 Concession
  • 4 session membership: $40 full | $30 Concession

Tickets to the Silent Remasters with a live, improvised jazz soundtrack by The Poetry and Music Ensemble on 17 April will cost $15 | $13 conc | $7 seniors

For more information or to purchase a Cinémathèque membership, visit the Media Resource Centre website, visit the Mercury Cinema box office, or contact (08) 8410 1934 or [email protected].

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