Emanuel Levy studied sociology of culture at Columbia, where he received a Ph.D., at a time when there was M.A. but no doctorate in film studies. Levy belongs to a small group of film scholars who have juggled two careers: teaching and criticism. Over the years, he has taught film at Columbia University, the New School of Social Research, Wellesley College, Arizona State University, and UCLA Film School (since 2003).
As a film critic, Levy had a prominent voice at Variety, the bible of showbiz, for which he wrote throughout the 1990s. He then assumed the position of chief film critic for Screen International, which he eventually left to pursue more serious scholarship.
Over the past two decades, his film reviews and essays have appeared in a wide range of American and foreign-language publications, including the UK's Financial Times, L.A. Times, Box Office Magazine, New Woman, The Advocate, Paste Magazine, Out, Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, Italy's Ciak, Mexico's Cinemania, and Israel's Jerusalem Post, among others.
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