Arthur Knight (film critic)

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

Arthur Knight
Arthur Rosenheimer

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

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 lifeEdit

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 teacherEdit

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, Producer Michael Hertzberg, DGA-First AD - Frank Capra Award Recipient Alex Hapsas, Writer-Director David Saperstein (Cocoon).

Mehdi Tehrani (professor of film studies at the University of Tehran Fine Arts Campus and film critic) was one of his last students in 1990.[2]

Movie criticEdit

He reviewed movies for many publications, principally:

Host and producerEdit

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.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

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. ^ "درباره آرا و نظریه‌های سینمایی آخرین نسل پیرو مکتب ورتوف، پودوفکین و سینمای مطبخی". همشهری آنلاین (in Persian). 2022-03-14. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1974: Juries". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02.

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