Sony Pictures Classics

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Sony Pictures Classics
Division of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Industry Entertainment
Founded Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. (1992)
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Key people
  • Michael Barker (Co-President)
  • Tom Bernard (Co-President)
Products Motion pictures
Owner Sony
Number of employees
25[1]
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment
Website www.sonyclassics.com

Sony Pictures Classics is an art-house, "independent" film division of Sony Pictures Entertainment founded in 1992 by former Orion Classics heads Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom (similar to Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features).[2] It distributes, produces and acquires specialty films (especially of documentaries, independent films and art films) from the United States and around the world. As of 2015, Barker and Bernard are Co-Presidents of the division.

History[edit]

Sony Pictures Classics was founded on January 1, 1992, by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom, set up as an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.[2] The model of the company is to produce, acquire and/or distribute independent films from the United States and internationally.[3]

Sony Pictures Classics has a history of making reasonable investments for small films, and getting a decent return.[2][4][5] It has a history of not overspending.[2][6] Its largest commercial success in recent years is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011), which grossed over $56 million in the U.S., becoming Allen's highest-grossing film ever in the United States.

Occasionally, Sony Pictures Classics agrees to release films for all other departments of Sony; However, under Sony Pictures Classics' contract with Sony, all other departments of Sony (including the parent company) cannot force Sony Pictures Classics to release any film that the division does not want to release.[2][7]

Select releases[edit]

1990s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
March 13, 1992 Howard's End
September 25, 1992 Danzon
October 30, 1992 Van Gogh
December 23, 1992 Indochine
March 3, 1993 Olivier, Olivier
April 16, 1993 The Story of Qiu Ju
May 28, 1993 The Long Day Closes
June 9, 1993 Orlando
June 25, 1993 Jacquot de Nantes
August 6, 1993 House of Angels
December 21, 1993 Faraway, So Close!
December 23, 1993 The Accompanist
February 25, 1994 Belle Époque
March 31, 1994 Germinal
April 15, 1994 In Custody
June 3, 1994 The Slingshot
July 15, 1994 Mi Vida Loca
October 19, 1994 Vanya on 42nd Street
October 21, 1994 I Don't Want to Talk About It
December 22, 1994 A Man of No Importance
February 17, 1995 Window to Paris
March 8, 1995 Martha & Ethel
March 17, 1995 Farinelli
April 21, 1995 Burnt by the Sun
April 28, 1995 Crumb
May 19, 1995 Amateur
May 26, 1995 A Pure Formality
June 8, 1995 Anne Frank Remembered
June 16, 1995 Wings of Courage (IMAX)
June 23, 1995 Love & Human Remains
June 30, 1995 Safe
July 21, 1995 Living in Oblivion
September 15, 1995 Mute Witness
September 27, 1995 Persuasion
October 20, 1995 Across the Sea of Time
December 15, 1995 The City of Lost Children
December 22, 1995 Shanghai Triad
January 24, 1996 Caught
February 16, 1996 A Midwinter's Tale distribution; produced by Castle Rock Entertainment
now owned by Warner Bros.
March 8, 1996 The Flower of My Secret
March 15, 1996 The Celluloid Closet
March 29, 1996 Denise Calls Up
May 3, 1996 Madame Butterfly
May 17, 1996 Ashes of Time
May 24, 1996 Welcome to the Dollhouse
June 21, 1996 Lone Star distribution; produced by Castle Rock Entertainment
now owned by Warner Bros.
July 26, 1996 Manny & Lo
September 13, 1996 Brother of Sleep
October 9, 1996 Beautiful Thing
December 20, 1996 The Whole Wide World
December 25, 1996 Thieves
January 31, 1997 Waiting for Guffman distribution; produced by Castle Rock Entertainment
now owned by Warner Bros.
February 7, 1997 Suburbia distribution; produced by Castle Rock Entertainment
now owned by Warner Bros.
April 23, 1997 A Chef in Love
May 2, 1997 Broken English
June 20, 1997 Dream with the Fishes
When the Cat's Away
August 1, 1997 In the Company of Men
September 17, 1997 The Myth of Fingerprints
October 3, 1997 Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
November 14, 1997 The Tango Lesson
December 26, 1997 Afterglow
Ma vie en rose
February 6, 1998 Nil by Mouth
March 27, 1998 Character
Men with Guns
April 3, 1998 The Spanish Prisoner
May 1, 1998 A Friend of the Deceased
Wilde
May 22, 1998 The Opposite of Sex
June 19, 1998 Henry Fool
Marie from the Bay of Angels
July 2, 1998 Mark Twain's America in 3D (IMAX)
July 10, 1998 Whatever
July 31, 1998 The Governess
November 13, 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa
November 20, 1998 Central Station
December 18, 1998 The General
February 12, 1999 Tango
April 2, 1999 The Dreamlife of Angels
April 16, 1999 SLC Punk
The Winslow Boy
May 7, 1999 This Is My Father
May 28, 1999 The Loss of Sexual Innocence
June 18, 1999 Run Lola Run
July 30, 1999 Twin Falls Idaho
October 22, 1999 One Day in September
November 5, 1999 American Movie
December 17, 1999 The Emperor and the Assassin
December 29, 1999 The Third Miracle

2000s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
February 18, 2000 Not One Less
February 25, 2000 Mifune's Last Song
March 10, 2000 Sweet and Lowdown
March 31, 2000 All About My Mother
The Color of Paradise
April 7, 2000 Me Myself I
May 5, 2000 Est - Ouest
May 26, 2000 Kikujiro
July 7, 2000 Shower
August 25, 2000 Solomon & Gaenor
September 15, 2000 Goya in Bordeaux
October 13, 2000 Just Looking
June 15, 2001 The Road Home

2010s[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Mongrel Media, the exclusive Canadian distributor for Sony Pictures Classics

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Bosses Shop Cannes Quality". ABC News. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Thompson, Anne (October 17, 2006). "Sony Pictures Classics at 15". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2010. They stay behind the films and manage to find a significant core audience for a large number of them, with the occasional $130 million blowout like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' [former United Artists president Bingham] Ray says. 'But they spend a fraction of what a major studio would spend to get the same number. Their philosophy is not to pile a lot of money on everything. They run a tight ship; they don't have an army of people working for them. They keep things simple. 
  3. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics - About Us". SonyClassics.com. 
  4. ^ Pond, Steve (November 16, 2009). "Sony Classics' Embarrassment of Oscar Riches". The Wrap. Retrieved July 28, 2010. It doesn't release blockbusters or Best Picture winners, but its understated business plans reduce risk and keep it in business. 
  5. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (January 29, 2008). "PARK CITY '08 | Sundance Buying Spree Stirs Talk; Sony Classics Adds "Baghead," "River," and "Wackness" to '08 Slate". Indiewire. Retrieved February 9, 2012. As Bernard explained, 'We're not looking for home runs; we're looking for singles and doubles.' [...] The tortoise-rather-than-the-hare strategy helped the company capture movies that were under the radar of buyers, and as Bernard argued, even sellers. 
  6. ^ "Duncan Jones is Unhappy About Moon - Thompson on Hollywood". Indiewire. April 1, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2010. SPC had nothing to do with the DVD release, which Jones is unhappy about. 
  7. ^ Ross, Matt (February 6, 2006). "Translating foreign pix to U.S. hits: SPC finds creative solutions to bring home best in overseas fare". Variety. 
  8. ^ Hopewell, John; Barraclough, Leo (2014-05-24). "CANNES: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Palme d'Or Frontrunner 'Leviathan' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 

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