North By Northwest at the Astor Theatre

Hitchcock at his most stylish, playful, and preposterous

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Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest (1959) doesn’t waste time. By the six minute mark - including the MGM lion and the opening credits - advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) has been mistaken for another man and has a gun pointed at his heart.
The film’s writer, the great Ernest Lehman, said he wanted this to be “the Hitchcock film to end all Hitchcock films”. It has glamorous stars, an oily villain, iconic set pieces familiar to avid Simpsons fans and a never-ending barrage of killer dialogue. (“How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?” “Lucky, I guess.”) Amongst all that, it even finds room to have James Mason wryly accuse Cary Grant of overacting. This version has been remastered in digital 4K and 5.1 surround sound.


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The Astor Theatre

1 Chapel St

St Kilda 3182

Nearby Stations: Windsor

Telephone 03 9510 1414

Price from $13.00 to $15.00

Date 14 Mar 2013-16 Mar 2013

Open Thu & Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2pm, 5pm, 8pm

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

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