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SAVE THE ASTOR

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As you may already be aware, from the large outpour of vocal support online – The Astor Theatre and the building in which it inhabits is under threat. The Astor’s legacy of screening amazing films from all around the world, on one of the biggest screens in the Southern Hemisphere, projected by the most advanced [...]

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ORSON WELLES

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‘It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.’ In the opening scenes of Citizen Kane, newspaper mogul Charles Foster Kane’s life is being obituarised on a newsroom reel. Suddenly, the reel’s producer remarksthat it tells us nothing intimate about Kane, a character we shortly learn [...]

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JURASSIC PARK

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For as long as I can remember, Jurassic Park has been in my top five favourite films of all time. As a kid, I would fill my weekends re-watching the VHS in my room while my friends played outside- they could never understand what they were missing. But, of course, in growing up, I lost [...]

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TAXI DRIVER

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Travis Bickle edges onto the sofa, bloody, battered and obviously still reeling from the exhilaration of just killing three men. We hear crying; the thirteen-year-old Iris is huddled in the corner, traumatized over the violent scene displayed before her. Travis nurses his gun shot wounds and sits back in a state of calm psychosis as [...]

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THE ASTOR – 75 YEARS

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Lisa Dib takes us through the twists and turns of the Astor Theatre’s 75 year history, intricately intertwined with the history of Melbourne and cinema itself Stepping into the Astor Theatre in St Kilda, the pinky orange walls and rich parlor carpeting seep with local and cinematic history. The theatre’s foyer is decorated with old [...]