A beginner’s guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a single continuity of feature films and other media based on characters and stories from Marvel’s sprawling comic book history, released in ‘phases’. Though each film is self-contained, their thematic threads, recurring characters and subplots create a deep interconnectedness, which invites fans to identify hidden links and speculate feverishly on…

The wrath and reveries of Werner Herzog

For nearly half a century, Werner Herzog (b. 1942) has crafted films with audacity and fearless vision. First emerging as part of the groundbreaking German New Wave in the late 1960s, Herzog has continued to consistently produce mesmerising tales of obsession, conquest and the sublime. His films and documentaries blur the line between fact and…

Silent masterpieces brought to life

Two silent masterpieces are presented with live musical accompaniment at the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA as part of ‘Film Noir’ (31 March – 21 May 2017). Watch Joseph von Sternberg’s thrilling Underworld 1927, a forceful prototype for the American gangster film genre and Friedrich W. Murnau’s beloved The Last Laugh 1924, an emotionally powerful treasure of Weimar…

Film Noir rises from the ashes

Cynical and seductive, film noir was born in the ashes of the Great Depression and fuelled by disillusionment and the paranoia of the postwar era. In March-April, the Australian Cinémathèque presents a curated program exploring the classics as well as their modern counterparts. Film noir is one of the most visually seductive and enduring cinematic…

Xiu Xiu plays the music of Twin Peaks

Xiu Xiu return to the Gallery of Modern Art for the final performance of their acclaimed concert series on Saturday 24 June at 8.00pm. In 2015 the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque commissioned Xiu Xiu to reinterpret the music of TV series Twin Peaks for the exhibition ‘David Lynch: Between Two Worlds’. Compositions and songs by composer Angelo Badalamenti…

Through a Glass, Darkly: The Films of Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman is one of the true luminaries of post-war European cinema. In a career lasting more than half a century, he crafted films with a passion and potency matched by few other directors. His films are known for their explication of deep religious concerns, their heartfelt understanding of the intricacies of human relationships, and…