Free Movies on Macquarie

Enjoy free movies from the extensive film and documentary collection of the State Library of New South Wales. The movies are screened regularly on Thursdays at 12.00 in the Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing.

Movies or dates may be subject to change. Up to date information can be found on our website or by calling our bookings officer on 9273 1770. 

Videos screened are available for viewing in the State Reference Library or for viewing in your local library through interlibrary loan.

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Sunday 10 May 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Documentaries of the Silent era: Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

Milestone Films “Legong: Dance of the Virgins was filmed entirely on location in Bali in 1935 by the Marquis Henry de la Falaise, World War I hero, the ex-husband of movie star Gloria Swanson and the current spouse of screen siren Constance Bennett. The film is a tragic tale of love denied — Poutou, a respected Legong dancer, falls in love with young musician, Nyoung. Her father is delighted with Poutou's choice and wants to help her to conquer Nyoung's heart. But Poutou's half-sister Saplak wants pines for the musician. When Nyoung chooses Saplak, Poutou drowns herself. 

Legong's real theme is much more than mere melodrama — it is the delineation of Balinese culture. de la Falaise captured religious rituals including frenetic dances and mystical parades, everyday dealings at the local marketplace, a cockfight (which was cut out of the British version) and, in the final scene, a mass cremation.

Small details chronicling the life of the villagers make Legong an absorbing and mesmerizing quasi-documentary in gorgeous Two-Color Technicolor!”

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Silent Enemy Image

Sunday 14 June 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Documentaries of the Silent era: The Silent Enemy (1930)

TCM Jay Carr “The Silent Enemy (1930) not only seems influenced by Robert Flaherty's milestone docudrama, Nanook of the North (1922); it is in several important respects a companion piece to it, unfolding on much the same turf. While Nanook depicted the lives of Inuits living north of the ever-shifting tree line of Canada's Hudson Bay region, The Silent Enemy is a serious attempt to depict Ojibwa Indians living below that same line in Quebec and northern Ontario before their lives were forever changed by Caucasian incursions. Given the film's respect for their tribal life and ways, it's perhaps the first revisionist Western, before the genre veered off into depicting Native Americans as target practice for cowboys and colonizing armies. It is, in short, a major rediscovery.“

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

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