Molly Haskell (born September 29, 1939) is an American feminist film
critic and author. She contributed to The Village Voice, first as a
theatre critic, then as a movie reviewer; and from there moved on to
New York magazine and Vogue. Her most influential book is From
Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies (1974; revised
and reissued in 1987). She co-hosted Turner Classic Movies's The
Robert Osborne in 2006 for one season. In 2013,
Haskell received an Athena Film Festival Award for her leadership,
creativity and the extraordinary example she sets for other women in
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
Molly Haskell was born on September 29, 1939, in Charlotte, North
Carolina, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She attended Sweet Briar
University of London
University of London and the
Collège de Sorbonne
Collège de Sorbonne before
settling in New York. While in Paris, she wrote a newsletter about
French films for the New York press. For the opening of new films in
America, within the newsletter she interpreted the directors that came
Haskell then worked at The Village Voice, and became a movie reviewer.
Haskell finally found a steady career with New York magazine and
In the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film
Criticism (2009), Haskell discusses her time at Village Voice in the
1960s when she looked at film dually, "both as a film lover and as a
feminist" and of how, at a young age, she was affected by the French
film, Les Diaboliques (1955). She is one of the main contributors to
the 2013 documentary "In Search of the Ideal Male: Made in Hollywood"
where she explores the evolution of gender roles in Hollywood.
The publications Haskell has written for include The New York Times,
The Guardian, Esquire, The Nation, Town and Country Magazine, the New
York Observer and The New York Review of Books. She was Artistic
Director of the Sarasota French Film Festival, has served on the
selection committee of the New York Film Festival, and been associate
Professor of Film at
Barnard College and Adjunct Professor of Film at
Haskell was married to fellow film critic Andrew Sarris, who died on
June 20, 2012.
From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies (1974;
revised and reissued in 1987); ISBN 0-226-31885-0.
Love and Other Infectious Diseases: A Memoir. New York: William
Morrow, 1990, ISBN 978-0-688-07006-9.
Holding My Own in No Man's Land: Women and Men and Films and
Feminists. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997,
Frankly, My Dear: "Gone with the Wind" Revisited. New Haven, Conn.:
Yale University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-300-11752-3.
Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies. Lexington, Kentucky: University
Press of Kentucky, 2012. ISBN 9780813136479
My Brother My Sister: A Story of Transformation. New York: Viking,
2013, ISBN 978-0-670-02552-7.
Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films (Jewish Lives). Yale University
Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0300186932
^ "2013 Athena Award Winners". Athena Film Festival. 2016-01-01.
^ "Biography". Mollyhaskell.com, accessed November 2, 2011.
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