July 25th at 6pm


Featuring a Q&A with Toby Talbot, followed by a book signing


SAG HARBOR — Sag Harbor Cinema celebrates the life and legacy of one of the most influential figures of arthouse cinema, Dan Talbot, who passed away in December 2017, and the recent publication of his memoir, In Love with Movies (Columbia University Press).

Mr. Talbot and his wife, Toby, founded the distribution company New Yorker Films and ran the legendary Upper West Side’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema, a staple arthouse theater for nearly four decades. When the couple loved a film that they had seen at New York Film Festival (NYFF) by a young, as-of-yet unknown Bernardo Bertolucci, the only way they could screen it was by agreeing to distribute it. They founded New Yorker Films in 1965. Since then, their company has become synonymous with the best of international cinema. They championed filmmakers such as Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Ousmane Sembene, Yasujirō Ozu, Wim Wenders, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, and Agnès Varda. Some of their most notable endeavors include introducing the likes of Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Tampopo (1985), and My Dinner With Andre (1981) to an English-speaking, American audience.


“Dan and Toby Talbot’s love affair with film is a fantastic story. And an exemplary one, which deeply resonates with the community wide effort that has made possible today’s Sag Harbor Cinema and inspires its mission. It will be a poignant evening,” says  Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.


To celebrate the release of In Love with Movies, Sag Harbor Cinema will host a special screening of one of the films distributed and loved by the Talbots, Juzo Itami’s Tampopo. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and book signing with Toby Talbot, who edited the memoir.


Film critic Molly Haskel calls the book, “A vivid, boisterous, unputdownable memoir that offers a unique triple-headed perspective: the joys and travails of a theater owner, memories of movies and their directors from a sophisticated cinephile, and an inside look at the swashbuckling world of film distribution. You wouldn’t know from Dan’s funny meditative style that these are the ruminations of a hero.”


See below for more information on the film:



Dir. Juzo Itami

Japan, 1985; 114 mins, in Japanese with English subtitles

Not Rated

Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.


Sag Harbor Cinema

As a not-for-profit 501(c)3, community-based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving and educating about films, filmmaking, and the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image – from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016, SHC continues a long historic tradition of entertainment in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise and can purchase food and drink at our concession stand, cafe, as well as our member-only rooftop lounge, The Green Room.



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