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 Olivier Courson, Chairman of STUDIOCANAL, "Rialto has already been our partner for the past fifteen years, brilliantly marketing re-releases of many of the jewels in our library: Renoir's Grand Illusion, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Godard's Contempt, Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad, Kurosawa's Ran, and many others. Their phenomenal release of Melville's Army of Shadows in 2006 gave it a new life worldwide. No one knows this very specialized marketplace better, so we think it makes perfect sense that Rialto should represent our library in the U.S."
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 recently restored by the BFI. (Rialto now has theatrical rights to five of them from the STUDIOCANAL library, Park Circus the other four under license from Granada.)
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.