Ep 602: American Zoetrope's James Mockoski

Mar 12, 2020

[8 mins. 50 secs.] James Mockoski, head of production and archives at American Zoetrope. Award-winning New York-based specialty distributor Rialto Pictures is bringing Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" back to theaters. The 1974 thriller, starring Gene Hackman and winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, opens March 20 at New York’s Film Forum and Landmark's Nuart Theatre in L.A., with newly struck 35mm prints personally supervised by Coppola. The rollout also offers theaters an alternate DCP restoration remixed in Dolby 5.1 by legendary sound designer Walter Murch, along with a brand new poster and trailer. The astonishing supporting cast includes such future luminaries as John Cazale ('Fredo' of Coppola’s first two "Godfather" films), Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, and Harrison Ford (three years before "Star Wars"). In 1995, "The Conversation" was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

For the full up-to-date schedule of screenings around the country, visit the Rialto Pictures website. 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.

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