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Rialto at 25

April 19, 2023 – May 22, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1997 by Bruce Goldstein, who was joined a year later by partner Adrienne Halpern, New York–based Rialto Pictures has become a leading theatrical distributor of classic foreign and American films in the US, with a catalog that ranges from Alfred Hitchcock’s silent The Ring (1927) to John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (1981)—including generous selections of French New Wave and poetic realism, British and French film noir, Ealing comedies, British social realism, American cult classics, and commedia all’italiana in between.

Rialto specializes in relaunching venerable classics in new 35mm prints or 4K digital restorations—after decades of being circulated only in inferior copies—with updated subtitles and creative new posters and trailers. But it’s also known for rediscovering overlooked, undistributed, and underappreciated films like Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows, Claude Sautet’s Classe tous risques, Robert Hamer’s It Always Rains on Sunday, Jean Renoir’s The Crime of Monsieur Lange, and Dino Risi’s Una vita difficile. And, as the US theatrical representative of the vast Studiocanal library, the company now handles such unexpected titles as Ted Kotcheff’s First Blood, Joe Dante’s The Howling, James Cameron’s Terminator 2, and Mel Brooks’s The Producers. This monthlong series features both audience favorites and under-seen gems from Rialto’s 25-year history, beginning with the world premiere of a new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 science-fiction provocation Alphaville.

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film


Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and Karen and Gary Winnick.


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Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville). 1965. France. Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Courtesy of Photofest

Army of Shadows. 1969. France. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Courtesy Rialto Pictures.

Breathless. 1960. France. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Christ Stopped at Eboli. 1979. Italy/France. Directed by Francesco Rossi. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Crime of Monsieur Lange. 1936. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Escape from New York. 1981. USA. Directed by John Carpenter. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Grand Illusion. 1937. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

 It Always Rains on Sunday. 1947. Great Britain. Directed by Robert Hamer. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Kind Hearts and Coronets. 1949. Great Britain. Directed by Robert Hamer. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

La Piscine. 1969. France/Italy. Directed by Jacques Deray. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Le Jour Se Lève. 1939. France. Directed by Marcel Carnè. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Metropolitan. 1990. USA. Directed by Whit Stillman. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Mr. Klein. 1976. France/Italy. Directed by Joseph Losey. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Nights of Cabiria. 1957. Italy/France. Directed by Federico Fellini. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Panique. 1946. France. Directed by Julien Duvivier. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Quai Des Orfèvres. 1947. France. Henri-Georges Clouzot. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Ran. 1985. France/Japan. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Rififi. 1955. France. Directed by Jules Dassin. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Conversation. 1974. USA. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. France. 1972. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Howling. 1981. USA. Directed by Joe Dante. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Runner. 1984. Iran. Directed by Amir Naderi. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Third Man. Great Britain. 1949. Directed by Carol Reed. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The Trial. 1962. France/Italy/West Germany. Directed by Orson Welles. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

The White Sheik. 1952. Italy. Directed by Federico Fellini. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi. 1954. France. Directed by Jacques Becker. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Went the Day Well? 1942. Great Britain. Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Courtesy Rialto Pictures

Kind Hearts and Coronets. 1949. United Kingdom. Directed by Robert Hamer. Courtesy Rialto Pictures