Molly Haskell is an author and film critic living in New York City. Her latest book, Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films, part of Yale University Press’s Jewish Lives series, came out in January 2017. In the fall of 2016, University of Chicago Press published the third edition of her landmark From Reverence to Rape: the Treatment of Women in the Movies with a new introduction (and a foreword by Manohla Dargis).
Other books include two memoirs, Love and Other Infectious Diseases (1990) and My Brother, My Sister: Story of a Transformation (2013); a 1997 collection of essays and interviews, Holding My Own in No Man’s Land: Women and Men and Films and Feminists; and Frankly My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited (2009), which was part of Yale University Press’s American Icon series.
Haskell went to Sweet Briar College, the University of London and the Sorbonne before settling in New York. She worked at the French Film Office in the 1960s, writing a newsletter about French films for the New York press and interpreting when directors came to America (this was the height of the Nouvelle Vague) for the opening of their films. She then went to The Village Voice, first as a theater critic, then as a movie reviewer; and from there to New York Magazine and Vogue.
She has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian UK, Esquire, The Nation, Town and Country, Sight & Sound, 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 has written numerous essays for Criterion and has appeared as a commentator on TCM.
Among her awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010, the Athena Award for criticism in 2012 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Film Critics Circle in 2018. She is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and was featured in the Library of America’s 2006 American Movie Critics edited by Philip Lopate.
She was married for 43 years to the film critic Andrew Sarris, who died in 2012.