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Leonard Quart

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Leonard Quart is Professor Emeritus of Cinema — CUNY and COSI; Contributing Editor, Cineaste; Columnist for Berkshire Eagle; and co-author of American Film and Society Since 1945 —4th Edition (Praeger).

Articles by Leonard Quart

LEONARD QUART: On politics and films

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020 - I’m struck by how different the very personal and deeply felt Akerman film is from the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated “Joker.”

Dark times are upon us

Thursday, 2 Jan 2020 - "I still live with a faint sense of possibility that public life can progress, and that the forces of liberalism and social democracy (and hopefully decency, but that’s never guaranteed) will take power."

LEONARD QUART: Coming home to squalor

Saturday, 16 Nov 2019 - The original Penn Station occupied two city blocks and featured, according to the New York Preservation Project, “an ornate exterior, arcade, waiting room, concourse and carriage-ways.”


Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 - In fact, the wing keeps on shifting some of its paintings, which gives museumgoers a chance to see pieces of the immense collection that the Met has been warehousing for years.

BOOK REVIEWS: Two writers on growing up black

Saturday, 12 Oct 2019 - Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book . . . appeared at just the right moment, when the media was saturated with cases of police acting unprofessionally, destructively and sometimes murderously in their dealings with young black men.


Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 - When I am in the city l still try to walk a great deal, closely observing the people who pass by me on the street.

LEONARD QUART: Looking at paintings

Friday, 15 Mar 2019 - Rackstraw Downes' paintings would best be described as realist with his sustained, meticulous and intensive outdoor working process, and paintings that draw attention to what is characteristic of the 21st-century cityscape.

Leonard Quart: Three New York memories

Saturday, 19 Jan 2019 - I wanted to leave my parochial Bronx and take greater risks, care less about a secure future, and act out some of the wilder dreams I harbored.

New York Sketches: A walk in NoHo

Sunday, 9 Dec 2018 - Predictably, once the artists settled on these streets, this small neighborhood with cobbled streets slowly gentrified.

LEONARD QUART: A momentous election

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 - One result of the election is that the country is even more divided between rural and suburban, big-city America—not so different than Europe where right wing parties have their support in small towns and rural areas outside cities like Warsaw, Berlin and Budapest.

LEONARD QUART: Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKKKlansman’ shows political passion

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 - Spike Lee's new film "BlacKKKlansman" contains some flaws but, though set in the 1970s, often transcends its weaknesses to heavy-handedly but powerfully evoke our current Trump-dominated era, one in which an unembarrassed racist is in power and the alt-right, including neo-Nazis, has been resurrected.

LEONARD QUART: Resurrecting boyhood memories

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 - When I feel the need, I often invoke images of my prosaic East Bronx neighborhood, which was then an intact, primarily Jewish working-class and lower-class/middle-class mix of a few Art Deco apartment buildings, a few private homes, and many five-story red brick walk-ups and gray tenements.

LEONARD QUART: Midsummer New York

Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 - My encounter is the kind that you could easily have in the city if you ask the right questions, and have the patience to sit and listen closely to another person’s revelations.

LEONARD QUART: A day in Central Park

Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018 - I like the way the city and Central Park interact — the feeling that one can find both seclusion and peace as well as communal excitement.

LEONARD QUART: Oscar Night 2018

Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - “I think that the greatest thing that our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper." -- Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro