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Happy Birthday Marty: Celebrating 80 Years of Mr Martin Scorsese

The Astor Theatre is paying tribute to a filmmaking icon with a month of movies, including rarely screened titles and select sessions on 35mm.
By Sarah Ward
November 17, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
November 17, 2022
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When the only and only Martin Scorsese turns 80, which he does on Thursday, November 17, every movie buff needs to celebrate. The iconic filmmaker's contribution to the medium he adores is epic, including help reinvent gangster flicks, thrusting Robert De Niro to fame, and never being afraid of taking risks — and cinema forever changed via his contributions.

It should come as no surprise that The Astor Theatre is marking the occasion. So is the fellow Palace Cinemas site at Pentridge, but The Astor is going all out for a month. Expect all of Scorsese's hits, plus rarely screened titles and select sessions on glorious 35mm. If you're a fan, expect to spend a lot of time at the St Kilda spot.

It all starts on Thursday, November 17, fittingly, with multiple sessions of music documentary The Last Waltz on 4K, but that genuinely is just the beginning. From there, Happy Birthday Marty: Celebrating 80 Years of Mr Martin Scorsese includes early titles like Boxcar Bertha and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the attention-grabbing Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, and even musical New York, New York and the family-friendly Hugo.

Screening until Sunday, December 18 — and ending with The Last Temptation of Christ just a week before Christmas — the season includes plenty of RDN, naturally, including the Joker-influencing The King of Comedy, Raging Bull, Cape Fear, Goodfellas and Casino.

Leonardo DiCaprio pops up in Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street, of course — and don't miss the chance to see 80s comedy After Hours, period drama The Age of Innocence and the sublime Nicolas Cage-starring Bringing Out the Dead on the big screen either.

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