Myron Meisel

Myron Meisel has been a LAFCA member since 1979. Former editor and publisher of the auteurist magazine FOCUS!, he was the founding film critic for both the Los Angeles READER (1978) and the Chicago READER (1971) and was longtime west coast editor and film critic for The Film Journal. His essays on film have appeared in sixteen books, including MOVIES ON TV, AMERICAN DIRECTORS, DATELINE: HOLLYWOOD, THE MOVIE STAR BOOK and KINGS OF THE B'S: WORKING WITHIN THE HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM, and in Rolling Stone, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, American Film, Film Comment, Village Voice, Hollywood Reporter, Boston Phoenix, Los Angeles magazine and Movieline, among many others. He has written monographs for the Museum of Modern Art on Blake Edwards, as well as on John Cassavetes and Michael Curtiz. In 1980 Cahiers du Cinema called Meisel "the best film critic in America", and the Village Voice wrote he was "one of the three best film critics in the U.S. outside New York".

MYRON co-directed, wrote and produced “IT'S ALL TRUE: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles" for Paramount Pictures release in 1993 which was awarded "Best Documentary" by the Los Angeles Film Critics and special citations from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the National Society of Film Critics. His other movie documentary projects have included the features I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF: A PORTRAIT OF NICHOLAS RAY, THE CHAPLIN PUZZLE (which reconstructed Chaplin’s unreleased first feature) and SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: HAROLD ARLEN. He produced the laserdisc restoration of Orson Welles' OTHELLO for Criterion. In addition, he has worked in many different capacities on dozens of feature films.

 

 

     
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