The Info List - Richard Corliss

Richard Nelson Corliss (March 6, 1944 – April 23, 2015) was an American film critic and magazine editor for Time. As a publisher, he mainly focused on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects.[4] He was the former editor-in-chief of Film Comment
Film Comment
and author of several books, including Talking Pictures,[5] which, along with other publications, drew early attention to the screenwriter, as opposed to the director.


1 Personal life and background 2 Career 3 Conflict and criticism 4 Number Ones from Corliss' Top-Tens 5 Bibliography

5.1 Books 5.2 Articles

6 References 7 External links

Personal life and background[edit] Corliss was born in 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[6] the son of Elizabeth Brown (née McCluskey) and Paul William Corliss.[6] He attended St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia
(now Saint Joseph's University), obtaining a bachelor's degree, before progressing to Columbia University
Columbia University
to earn a master's degree in film studies. Corliss resided in New York City with his wife, Mary, whom he married on Sunday, August 31, 1969. Mary was formerly a curator in the Film Stills Archive of the Museum of Modern Art. In a 1990 article, Corliss mentions his mother clipping movie ads with quotes of his and posting them to her refrigerator door.[7] On April 23, 2015, Corliss died under hospice care in New York City after suffering a stroke.[8] Career[edit] Corliss wrote for many magazines— National Review
National Review
from 1966–1970, New Times, Maclean's and SoHo Weekly News in 1980. At Film Comment, Corliss helped draw attention to the screenwriter in the creation of movies. Corliss challenged Andrew Sarris's idea of the Director as author or auteur of this work. Corliss was one of Sarris' students at New York University
New York University
(NYU); the two remained friends until Sarris' death. Corliss brought Jonathan Rosenbaum to Film Comment
Film Comment
as a Paris correspondent. Despite working for National Review, a conservative magazine, Corliss was a self-described "liberal".[9] In 1980, Corliss joined Time. Although he started as an associate editor, he was promoted to senior writer by 1985. Corliss wrote for time.com as well as the print magazine including a retired column about nostalgic pop culture called That Old Feeling. He wrote occasional articles for Time. He was an occasional guest on Charlie Rose's talk show commenting on new releases, mostly during the 1990s with Janet Maslin and David Denby. His last appearance on the show was in December 2005 to talk about the year in film. Corliss also appeared on A&E Biography to talk about the life and work of Jackie Chan,[10] and appeared in Richard Schickel's documentary about Warner Brothers. Corliss attended the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
along with Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
and Todd McCarthy for the longest period of any US journalist. He also attended festivals in Toronto and Venice. Corliss used to work on the board of the New York Film Festival, but resigned in 1987 after longtime head Richard Roud was fired due to his challenging of editorial direction of the festival. Lolita, Corliss's third book, was a study of Vladimir Nabokov's book and Stanley Kubrick's film. Later Corliss has written an introductory essay for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of the Ang Lee Film.[11] Corliss also admired the Pixar
movies, including listing Finding Nemo as one of his and fellow Time critic Richard Schickel's 100 all-time greatest movies. With recent Pixar
releases Cars and Ratatouille Corliss had access into the studio's inner workings.[12] Pixar director Brad Bird
Brad Bird
has said of critics in general that he has "got nothing against critics." He also that he had "done very well with them, over the years."[13] In addition to writing for Time, Corliss had a lengthy association with Film Comment
Film Comment
magazine, serving as its editor from 1970 to 1990. Corliss covered movies for the magazine and for time.com simultaneously. Corliss along with Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
first came up with the idea for the issue on "guilty pleasures".[14] Corliss along with Richard Schickel made a 100 Greatest movies list. Corliss alone created lists of the 25 greatest villains, the 25 best horror films, and the 25 most important films on race. In addition Corliss was on the 2001 jury for AFI's 100 Greatest movies list. In a 1993 Time magazine
Time magazine
movie review of The Crying Game, Corliss subtly gave away the spoiler of the film, by spelling it out with the first letters of each paragraph of his review.[15] Conflict and criticism[edit] Corliss has had movies on his top ten lists that fellow Time critic Richard Schickel has rated the worst of the year. These included 2001's Moulin Rouge!, 2003's Cold Mountain and 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In August 2004, Stephen King, criticizing what he saw as a growing trend of leniency towards films by critics, included Corliss among a number of "formerly reliable critics who seem to have gone remarkably soft – not to say softhearted and sometimes softheaded – in their old age."[16] Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
appears in the 2009 documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, confessing that he was the film critic who, in the 1970s, coined the term "Paulettes" for the ardent followers of Pauline Kael, a label which has stuck. Despite challenging Siskel and Ebert in his Film Comment
Film Comment
article, "all thumbs", Corliss praised Ebert in a June 23, 2007 article "Thumbs up for Roger Ebert." Corliss later appeared in Ebert's book Awake in the Dark in discussions and debates with Ebert about film criticism where "all thumbs" was reprinted. Number Ones from Corliss' Top-Tens[edit] Best English language film in parentheses:

1969: Midnight Cowboy 1980: Mon Oncle d'Amerique (The Elephant Man) 1981: The Mystery of Oberwald
The Mystery of Oberwald
(Thief) 1982: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1983: Berlin Alexanderplatz (The Big Chill) 1986: The Fly 1988: The Singing Detective 1989: Distant Voices, Still Lives 1990: L'Atalante
(re-release) (Internal Affairs) 1991: My Father's Glory
My Father's Glory
and My Mother's Castle
My Mother's Castle
(The Simpsons: Lisa's Substitute) 1992: The Simpsons: Black Widower 1993: The Age of Innocence 1994: Pulp Fiction 1995: Persuasion 1997: Ponette
(Chasing Amy) 2001: Kandahar (Moulin Rouge!) 2002: Talk to Her (Gangs of New York) 2003: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2004: Hero and House of Flying Daggers
House of Flying Daggers
(Sideways) 2005: The White Diamond
The White Diamond
(The Squid and the Whale) 2006: Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth
(Borat) 2007: No Country For Old Men 2008: WALL-E 2009: The Princess and the Frog 2010: Toy Story 3 2011: The Artist (Hugo in second place) 2012: Amour (Beasts of the Southern Wild) 2013: Gravity 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Bibliography[edit] This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Books[edit]

Corliss, Richard (1974). Talking pictures : screenwriters in the American cinema, 1927-1973. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press.  Greta Garbo (1974) Lolita
(1995) Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate) (2014)


Corliss, Richard (April 20, 2015). "Date with an android : two guys and a robot square off in Alex Garland's Ex Machina". The Culture. Reviews. Time (South Pacific ed.). 185 (14): 45. 


^ Corliss, Richard (1974). Talking Pictures : Screenwriters in the American Cinema, 1927–1973 (1st ed.). Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press. ISBN 978-0879510077.  ^ Corliss, Richard (1974). Sennett, Ted, ed. Greta Garbo (1st ed.). New York: Pyramid Publications. ISBN 978-0515034806.  ^ Richard, Corliss (August 11, 1980). "TV's Dallas: Whodunit?". Time Magazine.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Villanova University Proquest search list of 2596 articles, 2009-2005. ^ Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
(1974), Talking Pictures: Screenwriters in the American Cinema, 1927–1973 ^ a b Profile, filmreference.com; accessed September 6, 2014. ^ Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
(1990) "All Thumbs, Or, Is There a Future for Film Criticism?" Film Comment, March/April. Reprinted in Roger Ebert (2006), Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, p. 394. ^ Weber, Bruce (April 24, 2015). "Richard Corliss, 71, Longtime Film Critic for Time, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2015.  ^ Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
(August 17, 2007). "Superbad: A Fine Bromance". Time.  ^ Jackie Chan: From Stuntman to Superstar on IMDb ^ "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of Ang Lee's Epic Film". Barnes & Noble. January 23, 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2015.  ^ Corliss/Emeryville, Richard (June 7, 2007). "Savoring Pixar's Ratatouille". Time.  ^ Blogsite, orlandosentinel.com; accessed September 6, 2014. ^ "Mail Page". Entertainment Weekly. October 3, 1997.  ^ Corliss, Richard (January 25, 1993). "Queuing for the Crying Game". Time magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-12.  ^ " Stephen King
Stephen King
on summer film's four-star follies". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. February 1, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
on IMDb In Memoriam – Time Magazine Biography – from Allmovie Corliss's Top Ten Picks – a yearly breakdown of Corliss's favorite movies. Top 100 Movies Ever – Corliss and fellow Time critic Richard Schickel's list of the greatest movies ever made Richard Corliss, 1944-2015: Everywhere At Once by Matt Zoller Seitz, Editor-in-Chief, RogerEbert.com

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