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Rialto Pictures specializes in old movies, but not old-seeming movies. In its first 10 years, the New York–based company has reissued the work of such prescient and influential filmmakers as Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean-Luc Godard, along with many genre pieces that are far more vivid than their contemporary counterparts. Typically, a Rialto release is restored to sparkling clarity—most are in black and white—and outfitted with new subtitles that better capture the dialogue’s pungency. The first three offerings in this 11-film series reveal Rialto’s range. Adapted from a Graham Greene spy tale, The Third Man treats postwar Vienna as a shadowy fun house, rendering a ride on a Ferris wheel as ominous as a chase through the sewers. Carol Reed directed, in a style that recalls 1920s German Expressionist cinema, but star Orson Welles seized control of his scenes, writing himself some classic noir lines. Just as dark, but to a rather different purpose, Mouchette is the story of a provincial 14-year-old who can be either benevolent or sulky. Director Robert Bresson was an austere Catholic mystic, yet Mouchette can be seen as a Christlike figure or simply as an everyday girl in an unusually crushing environment. A 2007 revival that deserved more attention, Mafioso is a parable of innocence in a place it cannot prevail: Sicily. Alberto Lattuada’s film is a satire, but one that suddenly lurches into existential drama. The series runs to Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.75. (301) 495-6700; see Showtimes for this week’s films; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.