Harlan Jacobson

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Harlan Jacobson
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BornHarlan Marshall Jacobson
(1949-02-15) February 15, 1949 (age 69)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materHaverford College
OccupationFilm critic, editor
Notable credit(s)Variety Film Journalist (1973-1980)
Film Comment Editor-In-Chief (1982-1990)
USA Today correspondent
WFUV On-Air Film Critic
WBGO On-Air Film Critic
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009)
Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
Spouse(s)Susan Jacobson

Harlan Marshall Jacobson (born February 15, 1949) is an American film critic and scholar.


Harlan Jacobson received a Bachelor's Degree in English from Haverford College in 1971.[1]


Harlan Jacobson is an established film critic who has interviewed numerous actors, musicians, directors, and producers over his 30 year career, some of whom include Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola [2], Robin Williams and Mia Farrow.

Jacobson's interview with Michael Moore ("Michael & Me") in the December 1989 edition of Film Comment Magazine for the film Roger & Me sparked an international debate over the methodology of Moore's misrepresentation of then General Motors CEO Roger Smith in the film.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, USA Today [3], Newsday, The Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe and many other national news publications.

From 1982 to 1990 Harlan Jacobson was the Editor in Chief of Film Comment Magazine. He continues to contribute articles and interviews to this day.

From 1995 to 2010 Jacobson was the on-air film critic for WFUV-FM. Jacobson currently reports on film for WBGO-FM [4] for the WBGO Journal hosted by Doug Doyle.

Jacobson was a contributing author in Variety's History of Show Business (Abrams, 1993), Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise (Univ. Mississippi Press / 2001) as well as Steven Soderbergh's The King of Cannes: Truth or Consequences (Univ. Mississippi Press / 2002).

In 1992, Jacobson and his wife Susan created the national sneak preview and discussion program Talk Cinema [5], a multi-city film discussion series for film lovers, which has early showings of new films with comments by a local critic and audience participation. Talk Cinema Travels hosts guided tours to international film festivals in Cuba, Iceland, Israel, Spain, California and to a variety of other regional and international festivals.


Harlan Jacobson's Interview with Francis Ford Coppola for Film Comment Magazine. [6]

List of Harlan Jacobson's USATODAY articles. [7]

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