Arthur Knight (film critic)

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Arthur Knight
Arthur Rosenheimer

(1916-09-03)September 3, 1916
DiedJuly 25, 1991(1991-07-25) (aged 74)
OccupationFilm critic
Film historian
TV host
Known forThe Liveliest Art
Spouse(s)Mary Ann Nyberg (?-?) (divorced)

Arthur Knight (1916–1991) was a movie critic, film historian, professor and TV host. [1]

His book The Liveliest Art, first published in 1957, is a history of the cinema used as a textbook at colleges and universities throughout the world.

Early life[edit]

He graduated from City College of New York in 1940, and became an assistant film curator at the Museum of Modern Art. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945, becoming a first lieutenant.

Film teacher[edit]

Institutions at which he taught include:

His former students at USC include George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Carpenter and Randal Kleiser.His former film history students at the City College of New York Institute of Film Techniques include Donald Swerdlow (now Don Canaan), an award-winning journalist and film editor.

Movie critic[edit]

He reviewed movies for many publications, principally:

Host and producer[edit]

He wrote, produced and hosted the 1985 cable TV series Sex in Cinema for the Playboy Channel. He was also the host of the syndicated radio series Knight at the Movies. In 1974, he was a member of the jury at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

Personal life[edit]

His first wife was costume designer Mary Ann Nyberg, who died in 1979. He was survived by his wife, Anne.


  1. ^ Obituary Variety 29 July 1991
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1974: Juries". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02.

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