Monday, February 23, 2009

New Yorker Films shuts down

A combination of a small market and tough times have done in New Yorker Films, an indie mainstay for 43 years. The great and challenging titles it handled included Claude Lanzmann's legendary nine-hour Holocaust documentary Shoah (1985), the Dardennes brothers' La Promesse (1996), and Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, pictured). Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, operated by distributor founder Dan Talbot, is unaffected by the closing, small consolation for a historical loss.

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