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Astor Pictures

Astor Pictures
Industry Film distributor
Fate Went out of business
Founded 1930
Defunct 1963
Headquarters New York City
Key people Robert M. Savini (1886–1956)

Astor Pictures was a motion picture distribution service in operation from 1930 to 1963, founded by Robert M. Savini (29 August 1886 - 29 April 1956). Astor, located at 130 West 46th Street in New York City, initially acquired the rights to other motion pictures for profitable re-release. A Billboard magazine article of 8 Jun 1946 stated Astor had 26 offices in the United States.

In 1947, the motion picture periodical Boxoffice reported that the number of reissued films for that year were four times that of the previous year.[1] Many smaller cinemas wished to show double features to attract audiences with a reissued film being the cheapest type of release.

Types of Astor releases

Astor Pictures--

Subsidiaries

  • Started a subsidiary, Atlantic Television, to distribute films to television in the late 1940s.
  • Operated a subsidiary, Comedy House, which released cut-down versions of Bing Crosby and other Educational Pictures comedy shorts for 16mm home movie use.

Art House releases

After Savini's death, Astor and Atlantic Television were acquired by George M. Foley, Jr. and Franklin Bruder, who released European films in the USA. It is probably here the Astor name is best remembered, for in three years they brought several cinematic classics to theaters in the early 1960s. Astor's biggest success was undoubtedly Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960), which was a huge box-office hit for the company, and allowed it to continue to release foreign films such as Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960), François Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad (1961) and Orson Welles' The Trial (1962). However, despite its success with such important films, Astor went bankrupt in 1963.[5]

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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