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Rialto Anniversary Series: 20 films for 20 years

Image: "Army of Shadows" directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Rialto Pictures was launched by film programmer extraordinaire Bruce Goldstein in 1997. Goldstein, best known as the Director of Repertory Programming at Film Forum in Manhattan, was inspired by the dearth of decent 35mm prints of foreign language classics then in U.S. distribution, as well as a long-held philosophy that classics should be freshly marketed for new audiences. A year later, Goldstein was joined by business partner Adrienne Halpern, with Eric Di Bernardo soon after joining the company as National Sales Director. In the twenty years since, Rialto has firmly established itself as “the gold standard of reissue distributors” (according to Kenneth Turan in The Los Angeles Times). Rialto, whose team now includes Marketing and Distribution Manager Dave Franklin, has reissued over 70 films and manages the Studiocanal library of over 2,000 titles.

Remarkable classics such as Grand Illusion, Le Trou, and Breathless are available in beautiful prints thanks to Rialto’s efforts, and the company has been responsible for major rediscoveries, including Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows. Rialto’s work reveals a true cinephile’s attention to detail. Its 35mm prints and new digital restorations are lustrous and pristine, and international films are given new subtitles, improving on the titles from their original releases. With flair and showmanship, Rialto has made—and continues to make—a tremendous contribution to film culture in the United States, and the Museum is pleased to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a selection of twenty of their finest pictures, that include some iconic titles like The Battle of Algiers or The Fallen Idol, with Robert Henrey attending the screening in person.

From Jean-Luc Godard's Le Mépris to Alain Resnais' Hiroshima, Mon Amour, this anniversary series will show seven screenings of indelible French films, as well as some French-related films (Jeanne Moreau in La Notte ; The Trial shot by Orson Welles at the abandoned Gare d’Orsay).


Organized by Chief Curator David Schwartz.

All screenings are in French language with English subtitles.


SCREENINGS

Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum.

Breathless (A bout de souffle)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Year: 1960
Duration: 90 min
> Saturday, November 18, 2:30pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

Contempt (Le mépris)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Year: 1963
Duration: 102 min
> Saturday, November 18, 4:30pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

Army of Shadows (L’armée des ombres)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Year: 1969
Duration: 145 min
> Sunday, November 26, 4:00pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

Grand Illusion (La grande illusion)
Directed by Jean Renoir
Year: 1937
Duration: 113 min
> Friday, December 1, 7:00pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

Le Trou
Directed by Jacques Becker
Year: 1960
Duration: 132 min
> Sunday, December 3, 5:30pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Followed by a presentation on the art of subtitling by Bruce Goldstein

Rififi
Directed by Jules Dassin
Year: 1955
Duration: 118 min
> Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

Hiroshima, Mon Amour
Directed by Alain Resnais
Year: 1959
Duration: 90 min
> Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Introduced by Annette Insdorf, author of Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes

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