The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

Online ISBN: 9780470671153

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153

Editor(s): Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann, and Art Simon

Bob Sklar: In Memoriam


The editors, in their Acknowledgement, have dedicated the volumes of The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film to their New York University mentor, their colleague, and their friend—Robert Sklar, a pioneering scholar in the field of American film history and film historiography. His two essays in these volumes: “Writing American Film History,” in volume one, and “Authorship and Billy Wilder,” in volume three, are emblems of his uniquely incisive, engaging, and influential scholarship. Bob pioneered a socio-cultural approach to film history in his seminal work, Movie–Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies, first appearing in 1975. He continued to do so in Film: An International History of a Medium (in its later edition titled A World History of Film). And his City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield, garnered high praise for its perceptive insights based on intensive archival research—as so many of his essays in various anthologies and journals have. His contributions to Cineaste magazine are provocative pieces of film criticism, and his work as a member of the National Film Preservation Board will, like his scholarship, continue to contribute to the field of cinema studies for many generations into the future.

You can read Bob's essay Authorship and Billy Wilder for free, here.

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