|RIALTO PICTURES ACQUIRES U.S. THEATRICAL RIGHTS TO VAST STUDIOCANAL LIBRARY|
RIALTO WILL DISTRIBUTE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS FROM THE 2,000+ FILM CATALOGUE OF MEDIA GIANT STUDIOCANAL
FOR AVAILABILITY AND TERMS FOR TITLES IN THE RIALTO STUDIOCANAL LIBRARY,
RIALTO PICTURES, the New York-based pioneer in classic film re-releases, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, has signed a 3 year agreement with STUDIOCANAL to handle the U.S. theatrical distribution of over 2,000 international classics owned by the French media giant.
The STUDIOCANAL film library, one of the largest in the world, includes classic films by Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Claude Chabrol, Abel Gance, Vittorio De Sica, Alain Resnais, Mike Nichols, Jacques Tati, Akira Kurosawa, Bertrand Tavernier, Orson Welles, and many others. The company’s diverse catalogue includes everything from Hitchcock’s early sound masterpiece Blackmail to Sam Raimi’s cult classic Evil Dead II.
Says Bruce Goldstein, Rialto’s founder and co-president, “Taking on the STUDIOCANAL library is not only a great opportunity, but also a great responsibility. In effect, we’ll be the curators and guardians of some of the world’s great film classics. One of our goals is to make it easier for American programmers and curators to access films from the library. And we plan to promote touring packages of films selected from this library.”
Rialto has already begun releasing some STUDIOCANAL titles under the new deal, including a reissue of Paul Verhoeven’s original Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which opened at New York’s Film Forum a week after the national release of the new remake. Rialto is also releasing Claude Sautet’s Max et les Ferrailleurs, starring Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider.
This fall, Rialto will release STUDIOCANAL’s new restoration of Marcel Carne’s Port of Shadows. In 2013, Rialto, in association with the BFI and Park Circus Films, will distribute “The Hitchcock Nine” – nine Alfred Hitchcock silent films
The STUDIOCANAL library includes some of the top titles from the former Carolco and DEG (Dino de Laurentiis) libraries, including Terminator 2, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Rambo, and classics like Crimes of the Heart, Escape From New York, Lion in Winter, The Graduate, and This is Spinal Tap. The company also owns hundreds of British films from the Anglo Amalgamated and Ealing libraries (including classics like Alexander Mackendrick’s The Man in the White Suit, starring Alec Guinness, which Rialto will re-release this winter with a new STUDIOCANAL restoration) and countless French masterpieces including Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion and Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.
ABOUT RIALTO PICTURES
Rialto’s past releases have included Renoir’s Grand Illusion; Carol Reed’s The Third Man; Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria; Jules Dassin’s Rififi; De Sica’s Umberto D; Godard’s Breathless, Contempt, Band of Outsiders, Masculine Feminine, A Woman is a Woman, and Made in USA; Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le Moko; Luis Buñuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Phantom of Liberty, The Milky Way and That Obscure Object of Desire; John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar; Clouzot’s Quai des Orfèvres; Mel Brooks’ The Producers; Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar, Mouchette and Diary of a Country Priest; Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le Flambeur, Le Cercle Rouge, Léon Morin, Priest, Le Doulos, and Army of Shadows; Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès; Claude Berri’s The Two of Us; Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers; Alberto Lattuada’s Mafioso; and the previously unreleased, original 1954 Japanese version of Godzilla.
In 2006, Rialto released Melville’s 1969 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, including The New York Times, and was named Best Foreign Film of 2006 by the New York Film Critics’ Circle.
Rialto’s 2012 releases include the U.S. premiere of Claude Sautet’s Max et Les Ferrailleurs, starring Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli; new reissues of Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers; the 75th anniversary restoration of Renoir’s Grand Illusion; and STUDIOCANAL's new restoration of Marcel Carné’s 1938 Port of Shadows, starring Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan. In a change of pace, Rialto is currently re-releasing Paul Verhoeven’s original 1990 Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
STUDIOCANAL’s production ambitions have recently included TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, based on John le Carré’s bestseller, directed by Tomas Alfredson, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy and produced by Working Title. The film was number one at the UK box-office for 3 weeks and grossed over $85 million worldwide.
STUDIOCANAL also has an exclusive deal with Belgian company nWave, a European leader in 3D production. In 2012, STUDIOCANAL will release the sequel to SAMMY’s adventures. SAMMY’s first film, released in 2010, grossed $85 million worldwide. A documentary, AFRICAN SAFARI 3D will also follow.
Finally, in January 2012 STUDIOCANAL became a major shareholder in Tandem Communications, one of the leading European companies for international primetime Event TV productions and worldwide distribution of quality television programs (PILLARS OF THE EARTH, LABYRINTH, WORLD WITHOUT END...).
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