Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Ozu's Tokyo Story was one of the many foreign films that New Yorker Films brought to audiences. (New Yorker Films)
Log on to the New Yorker Films website and here's what you find:
"After 43 years in business, New Yorker Films has ceased operations. We would like to thank the filmmakers and producers who trusted us with their work, as well as our customers, whose loyalty has sustained us through the years."
What?! How could New Yorker Films -- the boutique label that brought the works of Ozu, Fassbinder, Godard, Herzog, Almodovar, Antonioni and more to American audiences -- be shutting its doors? The answer, as one might expect, has to do with the shrinking theatrical market and the shift in home video to video on demand and downloads. But the closure of New Yorker Films, which has been distributing foreign and independent films & for more than forty years, is a truly sad event that should be marked with a moment of silence followed by deep appreciation for all the great films New Yorker brought to us.