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King of the Gypsies

Released 1978
Distributor Paramount Pictures

A modern-day folk tale about the criminal ways of a close-knit gypsy clan, Frank Pierson’s 1978 film boasts a stellar cast including Eric Roberts as a Michael Corleone-like character who reluctantly takes the reins of the family “business” from his grandfather played by Sterling Haydn. Co-starring Shelly Winters and Susan Sarandon, the film was shot by Bergman’s favorite cinematographer Sven Nykvist.

About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.