Before there was IMDb, there was Bruce Goldstein, with his infinite film database in his head–encyclopedic (almost scary) knowledge, fascinating (and frequently funny) anecdotes and he actually knew everyone in his vast network of movie friends.
In 1997, after 10 (of his now 25) years of must-see programming for Film Forum’s repertory screen, Bruce founded Rialto Pictures and was joined a year later by Adrienne Halpern. Rialto, now celebrating its 15th anniversary, has brought classic world cinema to Film Forum, a screen near you, and has produced top-quality DVDs.
Rialto has reissued (and often restored) major works including “The Third Man,” “Breathless,” “Diary of a Country Priest” and “Nights of Cabiria.” And has excavated missing masterpieces, never previously shown in this country. Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 film about the French Resistance during World War II, “Army of Shadows,” released by Rialto in 2006 was named that year’s best film by The New York Times critic Manohla Dargis and Premiere magazine and was cited by the New York Film Critics Circle as the best foreign film.
To celebrate the distributor’s anniversary, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present “15 For 15: Celebrating Rialto Pictures,” a weekday matinee series of 15 treasures from the Rialto Pictures library, including “Army of Shadows,” “Billy Liar,” “Rififi,” and “Diva.”
“15 For 15” will be shown at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater 165 W. 65th Street, from March 19-29.