This probably looks like a local NY story, but it reaches more of you than you think.
Dan Talbot is more responsible than just about anyone else for keeping foreign-language films viable in the U.S. He ran a series of Upper West Side theatres that exhibited them -- from the New Yorker on 88th and Broadway to the Lincoln Plaza opposite Lincoln Center, which (as the obit notes) is sadly closing next month -- and also headed companies that distributed them. It's possible he tried to hang on too long without preparing a good line of succession (that's the opinion of a distributor friend of mine), but no one can deny his huge influence on the cinema we've seen over the past 50 years. I feel certain Damien would be crushed by this news.
Whether they are behind the camera or in front of it, this is the place to discuss all filmmakers regardless of their role in the filmmaking process.
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