Welcome Cinephiles,

Here’s a peek into our vast archives where you can find all things Pressman: news articles, ticket stubs, photo negatives, invitations, etc. The timeline below celebrates the story of Edward R. Pressman’s maverick career, marked by originality and eclecticism, which began in the late 1960s and continues to this day. Stay tuned, as we post more unique elements.

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August, 2014

A Cinematic Wraith That Just Won’t Die! Quick, name a movie from the 1970s that’s full of bawdy rock tunes, cartoon gore and camp humor, one that offers a big flirty wink at its knowing devotees and just feels more appropriate when screened at midnight?If you guessed “Phantom of the Paradise” Brian De Palma’s 1974 satire of the music business, you’d be correct.  Check out the New York Times Article below!

May 14, 2010

Twenty-three years after he first appeared in the Oliver Stone-directed Wall Street, Michael Douglas reclaims his role as ‘Gordon Gekko’ in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  The film is directed by Oliver Stone and stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan and Susan Sarandon. On May 14, 2010 it premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

November/December 2005:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s filmcomment magazine covers the 30th Toronto Film Festival. Mark Olsen’s article “Big Deals and Little Movies” cites the bidding war that occurred after a packed screening of Jason Reitman’s directorial debut: Thank You for Smoking starring Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, William H. Macy, and Katie Holmes. Fox Searchlight would soon acquire the distribution rights and subsequently release the film on March 17, 2006.

February 9 – March 11, 2001

BAMcinématek celebrates 25 of Pressman’s most notable films to date in a month-long retrospective that includes screenings of Wall Street, Badlands, American Psycho, Bad Lieutenant and many more. After a screening of Reversal of Fortune there is a Q&A featuring actor Jeremy Irons and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan. Fans of True Stories are treated to a Roger Ebert-hosted Q&A featuring director David Byrne, and Phantom of the Paradise has Jeffrey Lyons to host a Q&A with stars William Finley and Jessica Harper.

August 23 & August 30, 1996

Two of Pressman’s films are #1 at the box office two weeks in a row (August 23: The Island of Dr. Moreau starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer takes in $9,101,987 opening weekend. August 30: The Crow: City of Angels starring Vincent Perez takes in a record-breaking $9,785,111 on it Labor Day opening).


Warner Bros. releases the Pressman-produced Reversal of Fortune written by Nicholas Kazan and directed by Barbet Schroeder with performances by Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver. The film would go on to win 13 awards including an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for Best Actor (Jeremy Irons) and a Best Screenplay award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.


Pressman reteams with Oliver Stone for the third time to make Talk Radio, the film adaptation of Eric Bogosian’s Pulitzer Price-nominated play.  The film premieres at The Public Theater with Bogosian portraying the shock jock, ‘Bary Champlain’ on the eve of his radio show’s national syndication. Alec Baldwin, John C. McGinley, and Ellen Greene co-star and the film would go on to receive the Silver Bear at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. Almost 20 years later, the play would make its Broadway premiere in a production starring Liev Schreiber, Sebastian Stan, Stephanie March and Peter Hermann.

September 20, 1987

Thomas Carney explains how “Pressman’s creative financing lets him make the quirky films that studios refuse to touch” in his profile on Pressman, “The Maverick Producer” for The New York Times Magazine.

 “In a sense, films are the cathedrals of our age. Years from now, people are going to look back at all the time and money and artistry that went into making them, and be amazed.” —Edward R. Pressman


More than 200 years after its musical stage exhibition in New York, The Pirates of Penzance by William Schwenck Gilbert and Arthur Seymour Sullivan, is adapted for the screen marking Wilford Leach’s film directorial debut starring Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Rondstadt and Angela Lansbury.


Pressman teams with writer/director Brian De Palma for the second time on Phantom of the Paradise, the silver screen’s first horror-rock musical comedy about a meek and mild-mannered rock composer and his fateful encounter with an evil record tycoon who long ago has sold his soul to the devil. The film stars Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, and Gerrit Graham.

October 21-30, 1966

Pressman’s first produced film, Girl, a short based on the Beatles’ song and directed by Paul Williams, screens at the Tenth Annual San Francisco International Film Festival. That same year, Girl won the 1966 Golden Eagle Award for non-theatrical films. Pressman and Williams would work together on five more films including Out of It, The Revolutionary, Dealing, Sisters and Badlands.

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