Rialto Pictures to Release Five Classics By Francis Ford Coppola

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New York-based specialty distributor Rialto Pictures will now handle theatrical distribution of five classics by director Francis Ford Coppola: Dementia 13, Twixt Now and Sunrise, Tucker: The Man And His Dream, Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, and The Conversation.

THE CONVERSATION, Coppola's 1974 thriller starring Gene Hackman, winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, opens January 14 at New York's Film Forum and January 28 at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in L.A., with newly struck 35mm prints personally supervised by Coppola. The rollout also offers theaters a DCP remixed in Dolby 5.1 by legendary sound designer Walter Murch, along with the new poster and trailer.

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"I've always been especially proud of THE CONVERSATION, partly because it was from my own original story and screenplay" says Coppola. "I count it among the most personal of all my films and I'm happy the movie became the very thing it was about — invasion of privacy and its erosive impact on both victims and perpetrators. This was my goal when I conceived it over 40 years ago, and to my surprise, the idea still resonates today. I'm glad Rialto is bringing the film back to theaters so people can experience it the way it was first presented, on the big screen."

THE CONVERSATION stars Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman in one of his greatest roles -- as an enigmatic, repressed surveillance expert who finds himself caught up in a possible murder plot. It features an astonishing supporting cast, including John Cazale, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Harrison Ford, and, in an unbilled cameo, Robert Duvall.

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Other Coppola classics to be handled by Rialto for future theatrical release include:

DEMENTIA 13 (1963): Coppola's 2021 recut of his 1963 mainstream feature debut, a horror movie for producer Roger Corman.

TWIXT NOW AND SUNRISE:  2021 re-cut of Coppola's 2011 film Twixt, a supernatural murder mystery which takes a very personal turn with Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Alden Ehrenreich.

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TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM (1988): Coppola's Oscar-nominated biopic of the visionary and maverick automaker, starring Jeff Bridges and Martin Landau.

APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT (2019): the director's definitive version of his 1979 Oscar-winning epic war spectacle, starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne, and Dennis Hopper. 

For more information on Rialto Pictures' re-release of THE CONVERSATION, please visit: http://www.rialtopictures.com/catalogue/the-conversation.

Founded in 1998 by Bruce Goldstein and joined by partner Adrienne Halpern a year later, Rialto Pictures is a pioneer in distributing restored classics. The company has been honored with retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, Film at Lincoln Center, and the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. Most recently, Rialto Pictures received the 2020 Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics for distributing restorations of classic pictures. Rialto's catalogue includes films by Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Luis Buñuel, Carol Reed, Alain Resnais, Federico Fellini – and now Francis Ford Coppola.

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For more information about Rialto Pictures, please visit www.rialtopictures.com or follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @RialtoPictures.

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