Bruce Goldstein

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Bruce Goldstein
Born (1952-07-05) July 5, 1952 (age 66)
Known forRepertory film programming, distribution, and history
AwardsNew York Film Critics Circle Awards, Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters, Mel Novikoff award

Bruce Goldstein (born July 5, 1952)[1] is a New York City repertory film programmer, producer, archivist, and historian.


Bruce Goldstein, the son of Murray and Betty (Horowitz) Goldstein, was born in Amityville, New York, on Long Island and raised in nearby Hicksville.[1] He attended Hicksville High School and went on to Boston University, dropping out to run a movie theater in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. He later moved to New York City to work for Sid Geffen, owner of the Bleecker Street Cinema and Carnegie Hall Cinema.[1] He went on to program for the Thalia.[2]

Goldstein became the director of repertory programming for New York's Film Forum in 1986. At Film Forum he presented series on film noir, silent comedy, classic 3-D, Pre-Code movies, science fiction and "gimmick movies" of the 1950s, Westerns, and French crime films.[3]

In 1990 Goldstein was awarded the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for "visionary programming."[citation needed]

In 1997, Goldstein founded Rialto Pictures, which has been described as "the gold standard of reissue distributors" by Los Angeles Times/NPR film critic Kenneth Turan. Rialto's releases include Murderous Maids, the original 1954 Japanese version of Godzilla, a restored print of the 1974 documentary Hearts and Minds, The Battle of Algiers, Mafioso, Lola Montès, and the first U.S. release of Made in U.S.A., and Z. In 2007, the Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective tribute to Goldstein's company, entitled "Rialto Pictures: Reviving Classic Cinema."[4]

In 2004, the government of France named Goldstein a Chevalier (knight) of the Order of Arts and Letters for his work releasing, promoting, and screening classic French Cinema.[5]

In 2009 Goldstein was awarded the Mel Novikoff award by the San Francisco International Film Festival, an award given annually "to an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public's knowledge and appreciation of world cinema."[6]

In 2010 Goldstein was nominated by James Billington, Librarian of Congress, to the Board of the National Film Registry.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Tallmer, Jerry (March 24–30, 2004). "Film Forum programmer has had an award-winning run". The Villager. 73 (47). Greenwich Village. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum". Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  3. ^ "Film Forum Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  4. ^ Coyle, Jake (2007-07-24). "Rialto honored for revival of cinema classics". Associate Press, USA Today. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  5. ^ "Film Forum programmer has had an award-winning run". Downtown Express. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  6. ^ Hoberman, J. (2009-04-23). "The Indispensable Man". San Francisco International Film Festival. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  7. ^ "Members of the National Film Preservation Board". 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-02-08.

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