Dan Sallitt (born July 27, 1955) is an American filmmaker and film critic. He is known for his microbudget filmmaking and cinephile film criticism.

Early life

Sallitt was born on July 27, 1955 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Harvard College in 1976 and a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979.

Film criticism

Sallitt moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he served as first-string film critic for The Los Angeles Reader from 1983 to 1985. He has written film criticism for outlets such as ''Slate (magazine), Slate'', ''The Chicago Reader'', MUBI, Masters of Cinema, and ''The Village Voice''. He maintains a film blog called ''Thanks for the Use of the Hall''. When ''Sight & Sound'' published its list of the greatest films of all time in 2012, Sallitt was asked to submit a list of his top-ten films. His selections consisted of ''Angel (1937 film), Angel'', ''Daisy Kenyon'', ''Diary of a Country Priest'', ''The General (1926 film), The General'', ''The Mother and the Whore'', ''Morocco (1930 film), Morocco'', ''Notorious (1946 film), Notorious'', ''Rio Bravo (film), Rio Bravo'', ''Ruggles of Red Gap'', and ''The Searchers''.


In 1986, Sallitt wrote and directed his first feature film, ''Polly Perverse Strikes Again'', which he financed solely from his work as a film critic. He moved to New York City in 1992. There, he wrote and directed ''Honeymoon'' (1998), followed by ''All the Ships at Sea'' (2004). He released ''The Unspeakable Act'' in 2012. It played at several major international film festivals, including the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Vienna International Film Festival, Viennale, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, and BAMCinemaFest. The film won the Independent Visions Competition prize at the Sarasota Film Festival, and was acquired for U.S. distribution by The Cinema Guild. The film appeared on year-end top ten lists by Amy Taubin, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Adrian Martin, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and was included in the afterword to the South Korea, Korean edition of Rosenbaum's ''Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons''. His fifth feature film, ''Fourteen (film), Fourteen'', premiered in 2019 at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, and was picked up for U.S. distribution by Grasshopper Film.

Retrospectives and recognition

In 2013, Anthology Film Archives hosted a retrospective of his work in conjunction with the theatrical release of ''The Unspeakable Act''. In ''Film Comment'', Jonathan Robbins noted that Sallitt's work was "rooted in the films of Robert Bresson, Eric Rohmer, Jean Eustache, John Cassavetes, and Maurice Pialat". Later that same year, additional Sallitt retrospectives were held at the Cineuropa Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and the CGAI Cinematheque in A Coruña, Spain. In 2014, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, Rochester, New York (state), New York held a retrospective called "Three Weekends with Dan Sallitt." In 2019, Filmadrid hosted a retrospective of Sallitt's work.



External links

Thanks for the Use of the Hall

A Mikio Naruse Companion
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