Daniel Talbot, iconic independent film distributor and operator, has died

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Influential independent film distributor and operator Daniel Talbot died Friday morning in New York City, his longtime Lincoln Plaza Cinemas director Ewneto Admassu said.

Talbot, who was in the early 90s, interrupted his routine trips to the annual Cannes and Toronto film festivals this year because his health was reportedly in decline.

Talbot ran the New Yorker Theater in Manhattan in the early 1960s and in 1965 launched his own independent distribution company, New Yorker Films, to manage the US release of Bernardo Bertolucci’s first film “Before the Revolution”.

Over the next 40 years he distributed some of the best international films from directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Claude Lanzmann (which was widely acclaimed for his 1985 documentary Over Nine Hours. “Shoah”).

He has also released landmark American independent films such as Errol Morris’ 1978 debut documentary “Gates of Heaven”, Louis Malle’s 1981 two-handed film “My Dinner With Andre” and Wayne Wang’s 1982 drama. “Chan Is Missing”.

New Yorker Films closed in 2009.

In 1981, Talbot helped open the six Lincoln Plaza movie theaters on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a premier arthouse film destination for generations of New York moviegoers.

Closure scheduled before the end of January 2018 for structural work.

He is survived by his wife and business partner, Toby Talbot.

His memorial will take place on Sunday, December 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Memorial Chapel.


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