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Arthur Knight
Born Arthur Rosenheimer
September 3, 1916(1916-09-03)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died July 25, 1991 (aged 74)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality American
Occupation Film critic
Film historian
TV host
Known for The Liveliest Art

Arthur Knight (1916 — 1991) was a movie critic, film historian, professor and TV host. [1]

His book The Liveliest Art, first published in 1957, is a history of the cinema used as a text book at colleges and universities throughout the world.


Early life

He graduated from City College of New York in 1940, and became an assistant film curator at the Museum of Modern Art. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945, becoming a first lieutenant.

Film teacher

Institutions at which he taught include

His former students at USC include George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Carpenter and Randal Kleiser.

Movie critic

He reviewed movies for many publications, principally

Host and producer

He wrote produced and hosted the 1985 cable TV series Sex in Cinema for Playboy Channel.

He was host of the syndicated radio series Knight at the Movies.

Personal life

His first wife was costume designer Mary Ann Nyberg, who died in 1979. He was survived by his wife, Anne.


  1. ^ Obituary Variety 29 July 1991

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