Rialto Pictures was launched by film programmer extraordinaire Bruce Goldstein in 1997. Rialto has reissued over 70 films and manages the Studiocanal library of over 2,000 titles.
Indelible classics such as ‘Grand Illusion,’ ‘The Third Man,’ ‘Nights of Cabiria,’ ‘The Battle of Algiers,’ 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’ and such neglected masterworks as the British films ‘Went the Day Well?’ and ‘It Always Rains on Sunday.’
Rialto Pictures: 20 Films for 20 Years, runs November 17 through December 29. All of the films will be shown in the Museum’s majestic Redstone Theater, some with special presentations and guest speakers.
“Rialto’s work reveals a true cinephile’s attention to detail,” said Chief Curator David Schwartz, who organized the series. “Its 35mm prints and new digital restorations are lustrous and pristine, and international films are given fresh 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,” Schwartz added.
The screening schedule can be found at movingimage.us/rialto.
Highlights Nights of Cabiria (Le notte di Cabiria)
Preceded by a presentation of Rialto trailers by Bruce Goldstein
Friday, November 17, 7 p.m.
Dir. Federico Fellini. 1957, 117 mins. 35mm. With Giulietta Masina. Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film. In what Pauline Kael called “Fellini’s finest film,” Masina gives a heartwarming performance as a tough Roman streetwalker. In the decades before its 35mm reissue in 1998 by Rialto, the film had only been seen in dreary 16mm dupe prints. Rialto also restored a seven-minute sequence that had been cut before its original release. Prior to the screening, Rialto Pictures founder Bruce Goldstein, who oversees the company’s marketing, will present a selection of Rialto trailers.
The Fallen Idol
With Robert Henrey in person
Saturday, December 9, 3 p.m.
Dir. Carol Reed. 1948, 95 mins. DCP. With Ralph Richardson, Robert Henrey. The first collaboration between Graham Greene and Carol Reed, before they made The Third Man, is a gripping and somewhat overlooked thriller. Phillipe, the young son of an ambassador in London, idolizes his only friend, the household butler. When the boy discovers a dark secret about Baines, he tries to protect him. Robert Henrey, the French-born actor who played Phillipe will have a conversation with Bruce Goldstein after the screening, sharing his amazing stories of living in London as a small child during the Blitz.