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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum, born in northwestern Alabama in 1943, grew up in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as the son and grandson of movie exhibitors. He moved to Paris from New York in 1969, then to London in 1974 to work at the British Film Institute on two of its magazines, Monthly Film Bulletin and Sight & Sound.

In 1977 he returned to the U.S. to briefly replace Manny Farber as a film teacher at the University of California, San Diego, and then moved to New York and Hoboken, New Jersey, where he completed his first book (Moving Places, 1980). In 1983 he moved to California to teach at the University of California--first in Berkeley, then in Santa Barbara. In 1987, he moved to Chicago to become film reviewer for the Chicago Reader, where he remained for twenty years.

His other books include Midnight Movies (with J. Hoberman, 1983), Film: The Front Line (1983), Greed (1991), This is Orson Welles (as editor, 1992), Placing Movies (1995), Movies as Politics (1997), Dead Man (2000), Movie Wars (2000), Abbas Kiarostami (with Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa), Movie Mutations (coedited with Adrian Martin, 2003), Essential Cinema (2004), Discovering Orson Welles (2007), The Unquiet American (2009), and Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia (2010).

He was consultant in 1997-98 on a new version of Touch of Evil (1958) based on Orson Welles’ postproduction memos, and in 2008 he established his own web site at


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