Rialto Secures Seven Classics for Re-Release
by Eugene Hernandez
Rialto Pictures release of Jean-Luc Godard's "A Woman Is A Woman," in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco is the first of seven classic film releases that will be handled by the company in theaters and on home video/DVD. The outfit has acquired the classics from the StudioCanal library. "Woman" will debut in New York City at Film Forum and at the Castro in San Francisco on May 16, followed by a July 4 opening at The Nuart in Los Angeles.
Also acquired by Rialto were Vittorio de Sica's film "Gold of Naples," Alain Resnais's "Last Year at Marienbad," Jacques Becker's "Touchez-Pas Au Grisbi," Alberto Lattuada's "Mafioso," and two films by Jean-Pierre Melville, "Le Doulos" and "Leon Morin."
Godard's "Woman," his first film in color and CinemaScope, stars Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, and Jean-Paul Belmondo. It is described in an announcement as "a light-hearted New Wave homage to the Hollywood movie musical." It features music by Michel Legrand and Charles Aznavour. This marks Rialto's third re-release of a Godard film, following "Band of Outsiders" in 2001 and "Contempt" in 1997.
Among the other re-releases from Rialto in the U.S. have been Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria," Renoir's "Grand Illusion," Carol Reed's "The Third Man," Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Quai des Orfevres," and Melville's "Le Cercle Rouge."