Robert Aldrich


Robert Aldrich emerged as one of the most distinctive and forceful filmmakers among the new generation who helped transform American cinema in the 1950s with their defiantly individual vision. His work was marked by a pessimistic iconoclasm, increased in intensity by an often-elaborate cinematic style which sometimes verged on the melodramatic.


Robert Aldrich | USA | 1954 | 91 min

Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer. This ground-breaking Western casts a sympathetic eye on the struggles of Native Americans.

Sunday, 14 February at 4.30pm

Vera Cruz

Robert Aldrich | USA | 1954 | 94 min

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emperor Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Sunday, 21 February at 4.30pm

Kiss Me Deadly

Robert Aldrich | USA | 1955 | 106 min

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls private investigator Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious ‘great whatsit.’

Sunday, 28 February at 4.30pm

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Robert Aldrich | USA | 1962 | 134 min

A former child star torments her crippled sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion in this nightmarish psychodrama. The film plays on the notoriously bitter rivalry between the film’s two stars, Hollywood acting legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Sunday, 6 March at 4.30pm

The Killing of Sister George

Robert Aldrich | USA | 1968 | 138 min

An ageing lesbian actress (Beryl Reid) finds her life falling apart after she both loses her job playing Sister George in a long-running television soap opera and discovers that her lover (Susannah York) has fallen for a TV executive (Coral Browne). This leads to a great deal of taboo-busting melodramatics. Sister George remains a lesbian cult classic that has the distinction of being the first ‘serious’ film to receive an X rating.

Sunday, 13 March at 4.30pm