Forbidden Hollywood: The Wild Days of Pre-Code Cinema

This spring, the Gallery’s Australian Cinematheque at GOMA presents a curated cinema program which focuses on the pre-Code films of early Hollywood. Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound cinema in the early 1930s delivered some of the most risque films seen onscreen until 1934, when the Hollywood studios were forced to adopt a code of…

Louise Brooks: Prix de Beauté 1930

Augusto Genina’s Prix de Beauté (Beauty Prize) 1930 features the luminous Louise Brooks in her last major role. It tells the story of bored Parisian typist Lucienne, who enters a newspaper beauty contest as a lark only to find herself the winning contestant. Glamour and romance beckon, including a royal suitor, Lucienne is caught between…

Optical Poetry: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective

From the 1920s to the 1950s, avant-garde filmmaker and artist Oskar Fischinger brought together abstract art, cinema and music to create his highly innovative moving-image works. Fischinger participated in Germany’s period of artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation following World War One, when artists were developing ideas about light, cinema and abstract art, including German Expressionism’s…

A Place At The Table: Food On Film

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Harvest’, the Gallery’s major winter exhibition, the Australian Cinémathèque presents a free program ‘Harvest: Food on Film’. Included are some 40 features and documentaries, showcasing the production, consumption and presentation of food as a vivid motif in contemporary filmmaking across four strands: the dinner table, culture and tradition, food and…

Dante, early cinema and the creation of national identity in Italy

It’s Italy’s National Day on Monday June 2, and you can immerse yourself in Italian culture the day prior at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque with two sumptuous Italian silent epics: La Cineteca di Bologna’s 2006 restoration of Inferno 1911 (screening 11.00am Sunday 1 June, free), and followed by Carmine Gallone and Amleto Palermi’s Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (The Last Days of…

The Lady from Shanghai: Welles is Speaking Sense

‘Orson Welles: A Retrospective‘ showcases one of the most influential and charismatic figures in North American cinema. An acclaimed filmmaker, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, Orson Welles worked extensively in radio, theatre, film and television. The program presents all 12 features as well as his documentary F for Fake 1973, and a selection of…