Movie Preview Course



Be your own film critic and among the first to see the spring's new films and discuss them with William Wolf, noted professor, critic, author, lecturer. On occasion there may be a guest.

Class dates: 10 a.m. Saturdays March 21, April 4, 18, 25, May 2 and May 16 at the state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Center, Lincoln Center, 144 West 65th Street, Manhattan.


1. On line by credit card on the Film Society of Lincoln Center website as follows:

(Please note: Tickets will not be issued through the theater box office for this class. You will receive registration confirmation from Professor Wolf)

2. By telephone with credit card. Please call TheaterMania's Ovation Tix at 212-352-3101.

Rate for the course: $305

$190 for age 62 and over and for students

For further information email William Wolf as follows:

Participants have the opportunity to critique films before reviews appear, allowing original insights and independent, spirited analysis.

PROFESSOR WOLF, who has taught Cinema and Literature at NYU, is now Visiting Scholar at NYU. He has written for many publications, including Cue, New York Magazine, the Gannett chain, the New York Observer etc. He is the author of Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century and The Marx Brothers. He served two terms as Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and is currently a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online. He is an Executive Board member and Past President of the Drama Desk, and his film and theater criticism can be read online at

Films shown during past semesters include Clemency, Portrait of a Woman on Fire, By the Grace of God, Shooting the Mafia, Feast of the Seven Fishes, Olympic Dreams, Non-Fiction, Woman at War, Ash Is Purest White, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Hugh Hefner's After Dark, Photograph, Cold War, Becoming Astrid, Happy as Lazzaro, Olympia, The Last Supper, and On the Basis of Sex. Films shown in previous semesters have included Chappaquiddick, The Death of Stalin, Godard Mon Amour, I, Tonya, The Divine Order, The Other Side of Hope, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, The Insult, Lives Well Lived,Submission, Graduation, The Ticket, I, Daniel Blake, Harold and Lillian, Jackie, After the Storm, Afterimage, Neruda, Things to Come, The Pickle Recipe, The Salesman, Marguerite, The Measure of a Man, Louder Than Bombs, Mia Madre, Art Bastard, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, 45 Years, The Art Dealer, Difret, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Mustang, Effie Gray, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, 24 Days, Gemma Bovery, In the Name of My Daughter, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, Force Majeure, Viva La Liberta, Flamenco Flamenco, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, Two Days, One Night, Belle, Le Chef, Chinese Puzzle, A Short History of decay, Liv and Ingmar, Aftermath, Everyday, The Great Beauty, The Central Park Five, The Angels' Share, Stories We Tell, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Attack, You Will Be My Son, A Royal Affair, La Rafle, On the Road, Barbara, Blancanieves, The Artist, The Kid with a Bike, We Have a Pope, Your Sister's Sister, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Women on the 6th Floor, Into the Abyss, Win Win,Certified Copy, The First Grader, The Trip, My Afternoons With Marguerite, 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Company Men, Today's Special, Wild Target, Applause, Vincere, Mother, The Greatest, The City of Your Final Destination, Barking Water, Looking for Eric, The Messenger, The Young Victoria, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Ricky, Cruzando, Paris 36, Il Divo, Summer Hours, Easy Virtue, Spinning Into Butter, I've Loved You So Long, How About You, The Dukes, I Can't Think Straight, Nothing But the Truth, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Married Life, My Brother Is an Only Child, A Previous Engagement, Elsa and Fred, Brick Lane, The Children of Huang Shi, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Love in the Time of Cholera, Cassandra's Crossing, La Vie en Rose, Pierrepoint--the Last Hangman, Becoming Jane, Pan's Labyrinth, Water, Black Book, The Valet, Catch a Fire, Copying Beethoven, Off the Black, Flannel Pajamas, The Italian, Russian Dolls, Wordplay, Find Me Guilty, A Prairie Home Companion, Heading South, Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Brokeback Mountain, The Matador, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Go For Zuckor!, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Dear Frankie, Kung Fu Hustle, Look at Me, Happily Ever After, 3-Iron, Heights, Kinsey, The Sea Inside, The Merchant of Venice, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Conspiracy of Silence, Lost Embrace, The Chorus, Bon Voyage, Broken Wings, Saved, Since Otar Left, The Story of the Weeping Camel, The Door in the Floor, Sylvia, The Triplets of Belleville, Shattered Glass, 21 Grams, The Cooler, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Calendar Girls, Laurel Canyon, The Guys, Bend It Like Beckham, Winged Migration, Confidence, Far From Heaven, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Pianist, Chaos, Gosford Park, Sunshine State, Nine Queens, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Business of Strangers, Lantana, Monsoon Wedding, Beijing Bicycle, State and Maine, Life is Beautiful, The Insider, The Hurricane, Pollock, Small Time Crooks.

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William Wolf, critic, author, educator and lecturer, has written extensively on film and theater. He served two years as Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and is currently a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the Online Film Critics Society, P. E. N., the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, and the American Association of University Professors. He is a former President of the Drama Desk, an organization of critics and writers on the theater, and previously served for two years on its nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards and is on the Drama Desk Executive Board.

In 1998 he founded and began publishing the Wolf Entertainment Guide on the Internet ( ) containing his reviews of theater, film and other cultural events.

At New York University, where he is currently Visiting Scholar, he was an Adjunct Professor and taught Film as Literature in the English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department. Professor Wolf is particularly known for his Movie Preview course, now presented independently at Lincoln Center in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center.

Mr. Wolf was for many years film critic and film editor for Cue Magazine (1964-1980), and when Cue was merged into New York Magazine, he became a critic and contributing editor, writing the magazine’s On Film column (1980-1983). He subsequently became the syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain (1984-1988). Mr. Wolf's articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States, publications abroad, and various national and international magazines and prestigious annuals.

During the course of his career, Mr. Wolf has interviewed hundreds of film and theater notables and has covered the world's major film festivals. Among he many he has interviewed are Ingmar Bergman and Charlie Chaplin. Audio tapes of his interviews with directors, actors, producers, and others in the world of cinema and the stage constitute the William Wolf Film and Theater Interview Collection (1972-1998), part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, that he has donated to the New York Library of the Performing Arts.

Mr. Wolf is the author of Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century , which he wrote in collaboration with his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of The Marx Brothers. He has contributed chapters on "Easy Rider" and "Duck Soup" to "The A List: 100 Essential Films" a collection of reviews by members of the National Society of Film Critics, and “The Eroticism of Words” and “Kinsey” chapters in the National Society’s sequel, “The X List.”

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