Rialto Pictures has acquired U.S. theatrical and video/DVD rights to seven French and Italian arthouse classics from the StudioCanal library, including titles from Jean-Luc Godard, Vittorio De Sica, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais.
The deal was closed by Rialto co-presidents Bruce Goldstein and Adrienne Halpern with Michel Schmidt, executive VP of distribution and marketing for StudioCanal.
First of the package to hit theaters will be Godard’s “A Woman Is a Woman,” opening May 16 in New York and San Francisco and July 4 in Los Angeles. The 1961 feature was Godard’s first in color and starred his then-wife, Anna Karina, with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy. Rialto previously re-released Godard’s “Contempt” in 1997 and “Band of Outsiders” in 2001.
Other titles in the deal include De Sica’s “The Gold of Naples” with Sophia Loren; Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” starring Delphine Seyrig; Jacques Becker’s “Touchez-pas au Grisbi” with Jean Gabin; Alberto Lattuada’s “Mafioso” starring Alberto Sordi; and two films by Melville, “Le Doulos” and “Leon Morin,” both starring Belmondo.
Rialto will strike newly subtitled 35mm prints for each of the releases, in addition to creating new poster and advertising campaigns. StudioCanal’s chief film and video restoration officer, Brigitte Dutray, is undertaking restoration of the negatives on all seven titles.
Other films successfully reissued by Rialto since the New York-based company was founded in 1997 include Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria,” Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion” and Carol Reed’s “The Third Man.” Rialto this year re-released Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “Quai des Orfevres” and Melville’s “Le Cercle Rouge.”