Author Spotlight

Molly Haskell

Molly Haskell is a critic and author whose books include From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies; Love and Other Infectious Diseases; Frankly, My Dear: “Gone with the Wind” Revisited; and Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films. She won the 2017 career achievement award from the New York Film Critics Circle.

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The Awful Truth: Divorce, McCarey Style
The Awful Truth: Divorce, McCarey Style

With a mix of improvisation, balletic physicality, and slapstick humor, Hollywood master Leo McCarey crafted the most sublime of screwball comedies.

By Molly Haskell

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iClouds of Sils Maria
iClouds of Sils Maria

In Olivier Assayas’s 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart play out a story centered on the complexities of female relationships, the making and undoing of boundaries between people, and our anxieties about the passag

By Molly Haskell

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The Soft Skin: Love and Betrayal on the Lecture Circuit
The Soft Skin: Love and Betrayal on the Lecture Circuit

François Truffaut’s adultery drama is at times corrosively funny and at others frighteningly tense, but it’s always incisive and humane.

By Molly Haskell

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Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight

Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight

Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole almost requires an honorary expansion of the term film noir. There are no private eyes in seedy offices or femmes fatales lurking in the shadows of neon-lit doorways, no forces of evil arrayed against a relatively hon…

By Molly Haskell

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Nashville: America Singing
Nashville: America Singing

With its dazzling array of characters, acerbic take on American entertainment and politics, and innovative approach to sound, this is the ultimate Robert Altman movie.

By Molly Haskell

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The Earrings of Madame de . . . :The Cost of Living

The Earrings of Madame de . . . :
The Cost of Living

For those of us who rank The Earrings of Madame de . . . at the top of our list of all-time favorite films, the mystery is why our passion isn’t universally shared. Every year, thanks to committed revival houses, new members are recruited to our cu…

By Molly Haskell

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The Life and Death and Life of Colonel Blimp
The Life and Death and Life of Colonel Blimp

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s adroit masterpiece is war film, dark comedy, historical drama, poignant romance, and a portrait of the modern woman.

By Molly Haskell

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That Hamilton Woman: Real Love/Reel Love
That Hamilton Woman: Real Love/Reel Love

Is That Hamilton Woman, starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier at their most heart-stoppingly beautiful and mutually enraptured, one of the most romantic movies ever made because or in spite of the fact that it was designed as propaganda? It was …

By Molly Haskell

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Claire’s Knee: Rohmer’s Women

It’s both hard and not so hard to believe that Eric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” were conceived—indeed, written initially—as a novel. On the one hand, he’s the grand master of dialogue as an instrument of narrative. His characters muse, …

By Molly Haskell


À nos amours: The Ties That Wound

The teenage girl on the cusp of sexual awakening is a beloved icon of French cinema. Part child, part femme fatale, innocent and dangerous in equal proportions, these schoolgirl seductresses, born to blossom under the eye of the camera, have exerted …

By Molly Haskell


Cléo from 5 to 7
Cléo from 5 to 7

Agnes Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7, the first fully-achieved feature by the woman who would become the premiere female director of her generation, dazzled when it opened, and looks even more timely today in its tackling of the fashionable subject of f…

By Molly Haskell

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