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Molly Haskell visiting Barnes & Noble for a New York book signing
Molly Haskell (born September 29, 1939) is an American feminist film critic and author. She contributed to The Village Voice, first as a theatre critic, then as a movie reviewer; and from there moved on to New York Magazine and Vogue. Her most influential book is From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies (1974; revised and reissued in 1987). She co-hosted Turner Classic Movies's The Essentials with Robert Osborne in 2006 for one season. In 2013, Haskell received an Athena Film Festival Award for her leadership, creativity and the extraordinary example she sets for other women in the field.
Molly Haskell was born on September 29, 1939, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She attended Sweet Briar College, the University of London and the Collège de Sorbonne before settling in New York. While in Paris she wrote a newsletter about French films for the New York press. For the opening of new films in America, within the newsletter she interpreted the directors that came to America.
To begin her career as a critic she then went to The Village Voice, and became a movie reviewer. Haskell finally found a steady career with New York Magazine and Vogue.
She is an Adjunct Professor of Film at Columbia University.
Haskell appears in the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009), discussing how, in the 1960s at Village Voice, she looked at film dually, "both as a film lover and as a feminist" and of how, at a young age, she was affected by the French film, Les Diaboliques (1955).
Haskell has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, The Nation, Town and Country Magazine, The New York Observer and The New York Review of Books. She was Artistic Director of the Sarasota French Film Festival, has served on the selection committee of the New York Film Festival, and been associate Professor of Film at Barnard College and Adjunct Professor of Film at Columbia University.
Haskell was married to fellow film critic Andrew Sarris, who died on June 20, 2012.
- From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies (1974; revised and reissued in 1987); ISBN 0-226-31885-0.
- Love and Other Infectious Diseases: A Memoir. New York: William Morrow, 1990, ISBN 978-0-688-07006-9.
- Holding My Own in No Man's Land: Women and Men and Films and Feminists. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-19-505309-8.
- Frankly, My Dear: "Gone with the Wind" Revisited. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-300-11752-3.
- My Brother My Sister: A Story of Transformation. New York: Viking, 2013, ISBN 978-0-670-02552-7.