Movie Preview Course



Be your own film critic and among the first to see the Fall'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 Feb.23, March 2, April 6, 13, May 4 and 11.

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 scheduled during the Fall, 2018 semester include 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, journalist and lecturer, writes extensively on film and stage and has taught film courses at New York University. He was formerly film critic for the Gannett newspaper chain, a critic and contributing editor for New York Magazine and the film critic of Cue Magazine. His articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the country, national magazines and prestigious annuals.

His reviews can currently be read on his internet site,

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The William Wolf Film and Theater Interview Collection (1972-1998) is part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York Library for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Wolf served two terms as chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Critics Online, and the Online Film Critics Society. He formerly served four years as President of the Drama Desk, a society of writers on the Broadway and off-Broadway theater, and is a member of The American Theatre Critics Association, The Internatioanl Association of Theatre Critics, P.E.N., and the American Association of University Professors. He has covered film festivals throughout the world, including those in Cannes, Moscow, Budapest, Berlin, Toronto and New York, and has served on the juries of the Chicago and Miami film festivals. During his career he has interviewed many luminaries of film, theater and the world of entertainment.

At New York University, he was known for his courses on Film as Literature in the English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department, and is now Visiting Scholar at NYU. He currently teaches independently The William Wolf Movie Preview Course at Lincoln Center's Francesca Beale Theater.

Mr. Wolf is the author of two books, Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century, written in collaboration with Lillian Kramer Wolf, and The Marx Brothers.

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