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Emanuel Levy is an American film critic and professor who has taught at Columbia University, New School for Social Research, Wellesley College, Arizona State University and UCLA Film School. Levy currently[when?] teaches in the department of cinema studies at New York University.
Levy has taught at Columbia University, New School for Social Research, Wellesley College, Arizona State University and UCLA Film School. Levy currently[when?] teaches in the department of cinema studies at New York University.
He is the only critic in the U.S. who's a voting member of eight groups: Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA, Golden Globes), Los Angeles Film Critics (LAFCA), Broadcast Film Critics (BFCA), National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), Gay and Lesbian Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society and the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).
His first book, The Habima—Israel's National Theater, 1917–1977, launched his writing career. His critical chronicle of the Oscar Awards, And the Winner Is was published in 1986. He has published updated editions of the book, including Oscar Fever in 2000, and All About Oscar in 2003.
Of his nine books, his magnum opus is considered to be 1999's Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film'. the most widely read film book in the history of NYU Press. The book examines the various social, political, economic and artistic forces that have shaped the emergence of low-budget American indies as a distinct institutional cinema, operating parallel to and against Mainstream Hollywood Cinema.
Levy wrote the first comprehensive biography of Vincente Minnelli, Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer in 2009. In this book, he argued that Minnelli's sexual identity is a crucial variable in understanding the kinds of narratives and visual styles of his films, particularly his melodramas, such as The Bad and The Beautiful, and the more personal and intimate Tea and Sympathy.
In 2000, he co-organized with the Film Department of the Los Angeles County Art Museum a tribute weekend to the influential critic Andrew Sarris, coinciding with the publication of Citizen Sarris: American Film Critic, Essays in Honor of Andrew Sarris. On that occasion, Sarris chose to screen The Shop Around the Corner and Shoot the Piano Player, films that were followed by panels headed by noted critics Richard Schickel and Oscar-winning director Curtis Hanson.
Levy has written for various newspapers and magazines, including 'American Film', 'The Advocate', 'Out', Jerusalem Post', 'New York Times Magazine', The Los Angeles Times. Over the past 15 years, he has been a regular contributor to the film section of 'The Financial Times'. While in Arizona, he ran the ASU Film Society, and then the Scottsdale Independent Film Festival. He was a senior critic at Variety for over a decade, and the chief film critic of the UK publication Screen International for 3 years. Levy established a website of film reviews and essays in 2003, www.EmanuelLevy.com Cinema 24/7, which has global appeal. As of 2020[update], the site contained over 25,000 film reviews, profiles, interviews and commentaries, written by Levy and a staff of writers.
- The Habima, Israel's National Theater: A Study of Cultural Nationalism (1979) (winner of the 1980 National Jewish Book Award)
- And the Winner Is: The History and Politics of the Oscar Awards (1987)
- John Wayne: Prophet of the American Way of Life (1988)
- Small-Town America in Film: The Decline and Fall of Community (1991)
- George Cukor: Master of Elegance (1994)
- Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film (1999)
- Citizen Sarris, American Film Critic: Essays in Honor of Andrew Sarris (2001)
- Oscar Fever: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards (2001)
- All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards (2003)
- Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer (2009)
- Gay Directors/Gay Films: Pedro Almodóvar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters (hardcover 2015, paperback 2016)
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