Monday, September 26, 2011

Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum at the Cleveland Cinematheque October 3rd

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of America’s most prominent film critics, will appear in person on Monday, October 3, at 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle.

Rosenbaum will introduce and discuss one of his favorite films, WARSAW BRIDGE, a 1990 feature by Catalan underground filmmaker Pere Portabella. Rosenbaum describes the movie as  an “opulent post-Franco color film [that] threads its own dazzling anthology of attractions (including operas, concerts, a lecture, a novel, a swank party, a forest fire, and sex) into something resembling (though never quite arriving at) a single narrative.” Tickets, at the door only, cost $9; Cinematheque members and CIA and CWRU I.D. holders $7; ages 25 & under $5 (with proof of age).

Rosenbaum (b. 1943) was the lead film critic for The Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008. He is the author of numerous books, among them Moving Places: A Life in the Movies (1980); Midnight Movies (1983, with J. Hoberman); Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Conspire to Limit What Films We Can See (2000); and Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture in Transition (2010). Likened by Jean-Luc Godard to legendary film critics James Agee and André Bazin, Rosenbaum is a regular contributor to the world’s major film magazines and a longtime blogger at He has always been a tireless advocate for overlooked and underseen movies—not just foreign-language films and experimental cinema, but lesser known works by great and famous American directors. A selection of Rosenbaum’s “top 100” movies (as listed in his 2004 book Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons) is being shown by the Cinematheque during the weeks before and after his visit.

Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Cinematheque appearance comes courtesy of the Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CWRU. Special thanks is due to CWRU professor Linda Ehrlich. For further information, call (216) 421-7450 or go to

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