"The gold standard of reissue distributors" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times),
Rialto Pictures was founded in 1997 by Bruce Goldstein, who was joined a year later by partner Adrienne Halpern. In 2002, Eric Di Bernardo became the company’s National Sales Director.
Rialto’s past releases have included
Renoir’s Grand Illusion; Carol Reed’s The Third Man; Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (for the first time in its "director's cut"); Jules Dassin’s Rififi;
Godard’s Contempt, Band of Outsiders, and
Julien Duvivier’s Pépé
le Moko; Buñuel’s Discreet
Charm of the Bourgeoisie; Clouzot’s Quai
des Orfèvres; The Maysles’ Grey
Gardens; Jacques Becker’s Touchez Pas Au
Grisbi; Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar;
and the U.S. premiere of the complete, uncut version of Melville’s Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge.
Rialto's 2009 releases included the U.S. premiere of Godard's Made in U.S.A., the 40th anniversary re-release of Costa-Gavras' Oscar-winning political thriller Z,
Melville's wartime drama Léon Morin, Priest, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, and John Boulting's Noir classic Brighton Rock, adapted from Graham Greene's novel.
Rialto celebrated a record-breaking 2004 with the previously unreleased, original 1954
Japanese version of Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla;
Gillo Pontecorvo’s groundbreaking The
Battle of Algiers, which became one of
the year’s top-grossing foreign films.
In 2006, Rialto released Melville’s
1969 epic masterpiece Army of Shadows
for the very first time in the U.S.
Army of Shadows became the most critically
acclaimed film of the year, topping many Ten
Best lists and was named
Best Foreign Film of 2006 by the New York Film
Critics Circle. Rialto’s release of Alberto Lattuada’s Mafioso, a dark comedy starring Alberto Sordi, was a hit at the 2006 New York Film Festival.
Rialto’s re-release of Alberto Lattuada’s Mafioso, a dark comedy from 1962 starring Alberto Sordi, was the unqualified highlight of the 2006 New York Film Festival.
2007 re-releases included Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Jacques Beineix's "second wave" thriller Diva.
In 2008, the company had phenomenal success with Alain Resnais’ arthouse classic Last Year at Marienbad, along with Robert Hamer’s rediscovered masterwork of "Brit Noir," It Always Rains on Sunday.
Another successful re-release was a restoration of Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès, which was showcased to enormous acclaim at the Cannes, Telluride, and New York film festivals.
Rialto began 2010 with the 25th anniversary release of Ran in celebration of Akira Kurosawa's centennial and followed it with the release of the 50th anniversary restoration of Godard's Breathless,
Bresson's early masterpiece Diary of a Country Priest, and Cavalcanti's Went the Day Well?
2012/2013 releases include the 75th anniversary restoration of Grand Illusion, Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows, the U.S. theatrical premiere of Claude Sautet's
Max et les Ferrailleurs, Godard's rarely-seen Le Petit Soldat, Joseph Losey's The Servant (written by Harold Pinter), and Claude Autant-Lara's A Pig Across Paris (La Traversée de Paris), starring Jean Gabin and Bourvil.
This year, in collaboration with the British Film Institute and Park Circus Films, Rialto is touring "The Hitchcock 9" – Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films, all newly restored by the BFI.
In 1999, Rialto received a special Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics, and in 2000 received a special award from the New York Film Critics Circle, presented to Goldstein and Halpern by Jeanne Moreau.
The two co-presidents have each received the French Order of Chevalier of Arts and Letters. Earlier this year, Goldstein became the first person ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film from George Eastman House.
For its 10th anniversary in 2007, Rialto was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and similar tributes at George Eastman House in Rochester, the AFI Silver Theater in Washington, and the SIFF Theater in Seattle.
The Criterion Collection also issued a special gift box set, 10 Years of Rialto Pictures. Rialto's 15th anniversary was observed in 2012 with a Film Society of Lincoln Center series entitled "15 For 15: Celebrating Rialto Pictures."
In 2012, Rialto became the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical representative of the Studiocanal library of over 2,000 international classics. Upcoming Rialto releases will include Godard's Alphaville and Jacques Becker's Antoine and Antoinette.