“Steven Spielberg and Molly Haskell—the great producer-director of modern film and one of the most intelligent and sensitive film writers we have ever had. The result is as rich and intriguing as the meeting of Elliott and E.T. We know the Spielberg films, or we think we do, until they come under the cool yet warming gaze of Ms. Haskell. As a result, we are the more fascinated with Spielberg and the more encouraged by the principle of essential and enlightening film commentary.”
—David Thomson, author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film
MOLLY HASKELL, author and critic, grew up in Richmond, Va., went to Sweet Briar College, the University of London and the Sorbonne before settling in New York. She has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian UK, Esquire, The Nation, Town and Country, The New York Observer and The New York Review of Books. She has served as Artistic Director of the Sarasota French Film Festival, on the selection committee of the New York Film Festival, as associate Professor of Film at Barnard and as Adjunct Professor of Film at Columbia University. She won a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010 and was featured in the Library of America's 2006 American Movie Critics edited by Philip Lopate.
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The gracious Molly Haskell, author and well-known film critic, visited Kinokuniya New York to discuss her new book, Steven Spielberg: A Life In Film.
Molly gave us a look at Spielberg that was at once surprising, critical and at the same time re-assuring to fans of the most iconic filmmaker of our time and perhaps of all time. We also learned from a critic whose eye can almost see into the soul of an artist through their work, how Spielberg matured and gained critical stature as his work took on more depth and perspective. And yet, looking back, we see Spielberg’s values even in his earlier films which were distinctly more ‘popular’ in nature. As Molly said, “even looking back at ‘Jaws’ today, we almost see it as a humanistic masterpiece.”
There is a lot more in the book and more of the discussion which will be made available on Kinokuniya’s YouTube channel. We have copies signed by Molly Haskell but only while supplies last.