Frank Moreno, who was known to screen films in Cannes for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures to buy and distribute in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Florida on Wednesday. He was 82 and died after a brief battle with cancer, according to his daughter.
Moreno was a promoter of fine art films such as Ingmar Bergman Screams and whispers and Federico Fellini’s Amarcord, both the biggest American photos of the directors’ career to date.
He also touted Volker Scholondorff’s The pewter drum, which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1980; Bruce beresford Morant Breaker; Fantastic planet, the winner of many lively awards; and Bergman’s The magic flute.
In addition, Moreno has acquired and distributed numerous mainstream commercial images, including Private eyes, with Tim Conway and Don Knotts; has managed theater tours, including one in Florida; and has been a consultant to film producers, including Andrew Vajna.
Moreno grew up in Spanish Harlem in New York and lived in Los Angeles for many years until his retirement in Florida several years ago.
The survivors include two children. His wife, Susie, died before him.