The Info List - Richard Corliss

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RICHARD NELSON CORLISS (March 6, 1944 – April 23, 2015) was an American film critic and magazine editor for Time . As a publisher, he mainly focused on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects.

He was the former editor-in-chief of Film Comment and author of several books, including Talking Pictures, which, along with other publications, drew early attention to the screenwriter, as opposed to the director.


* 1 Personal life and background * 2 Career * 3 Conflict and criticism * 4 Number Ones from Corliss\' Top-Tens

* 5 Bibliography

* 5.1 Books * 5.2 Articles

* 6 References * 7 External links


Corliss was born in 1944 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth Brown (née McCluskey) and Paul William Corliss. He attended St. Joseph\'s College, Philadelphia (now Saint Joseph\'s University ), obtaining a bachelor 's degree, before progressing to Columbia University to earn a master 's degree in film studies . Corliss resided in New York City with his wife, Mary, whom he married on Sunday, August 31, 1969. Mary was formerly a curator in the Film Stills Archive of the Museum of Modern Art .

In a 1990 article, Corliss mentions his mother clipping movie ads with quotes of his and posting them to her refrigerator door.

On April 23, 2015, Corliss died under hospice care in New York City after suffering a stroke.


Corliss wrote for many magazines— National Review from 1966–1970, New Times , Maclean\'s and SoHo Weekly News in 1980. At Film Comment, Corliss helped draw attention to the screenwriter in the creation of movies. Corliss challenged Andrew Sarris 's idea of the Director as author or auteur of this work. Corliss was one of Sarris' students at New York University (NYU); the two remained friends until Sarris' death.

Corliss brought Jonathan Rosenbaum to Film Comment as a Paris correspondent. Despite working for National Review, a conservative magazine, Corliss was a self-described "liberal". In 1980, Corliss joined Time . Although he started as an associate editor, he was promoted to senior writer by 1985.

Corliss wrote for time.com as well as the print magazine including a retired column about nostalgic pop culture called That Old Feeling. He wrote occasional articles