David DenbyFIlm Critic
David Denby participated in the World Leaders Forum event, Seen From Abroad: International Film Critics Look at American Film Today, in March 2006.
David Denby was born in New York in 1943 and went to Columbia College, graduating in 1965, and then to the Columbia Journalism School. He began writing film criticism while a student in Stanford's Communication Department, and has served as film critic of the Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Phoenix, New York magazine, and since, 1998, The New Yorker. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New Republic and The New York Review of Books. He has written two books, Great Books, his account of returning to Columbia for the academic year 1991-92 in order to take its core curriculum courses for the second time; and American Sucker, which chronicled his misadventures in the stock market during the tech bubble. He is married to Columbia's Associate Provost Susan Rieger and has two sons.
No other form of art or entertainment today could be said to have cast as wide a net or have had a greater impact than American cinema. It dominates 60 percent of the world's film market. Distinguished film critics from around the world each present a recent U.S. film, discuss its influence on their countries, and showcase new films from their countries. Some films are featured at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.