Robert Anthony Sklar (December 3, 1936 – July 2, 2011)[1] was an American historian specializing in the history of cinema.

Sklar began his career as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He received a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University in 1965. In 1968, he signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2]

He was a history professor at the University of Michigan and since 1977 was a professor of cinema in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.[3]


  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Last Laocoon (London: Oxford University Press, 1967)
  • Film: An International History of the Medium (1990)
  • City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield (1992)
  • Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies (1975; revised 1994)
  • Silent Screens : The Decline and Transformation of the American Movie Theater (2000)
  • A World History of Film (2003)


  1. ^ J. Hoberman Village Voice blog (July 5, 2011) Archived August 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" January 30, 1968 New York Post
  3. ^ William Grimes (July 6, 2011). "Robert Sklar, Film Scholar, Is Dead at 74". The New York Times.

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