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Arthur Knight, American educator, author. Named Outstanding Film Critic, Directors Guild, 1957, Outstanding Film Critic, Screen Publicists Guild, 1963, to Hall of Fame, City of Birmingham, Alabama, 1981; recipient Eastman Kodak/Society Motion Picture and television Engineers Gold medal, 1987.


Knight, Arthur was born on September 3, 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Arthur and Claudia (Oppenheimer) Rosenheimer.


He graduated from City College of New York in 1940, and became an assistant film curator at the Museum of Modern Art.


His book The Liveliest Art, first published in 1957, is a history of the cinema used as a textbook at colleges and universities throughout the world. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945, becoming a first lieutenant. Institutions at which he taught include:\r\nBrooklyn Academy of Music\r\nCity College of New York Institute of Film Techniques\r\nNew School for Social Research\r\nHunter College\r\nColumbia University\r\nUCLA\r\nUniversity of Southern California\r\nAustralian Film Television and Radio School\r\nHis former students at USC include George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Carpenter and Randal Kleiser.His former film history students at the City College of New York Institute of Film Techniques include Donald Swerdlow (now Don Canaan), an award-winning journalist and film editor.

He reviewed movies for many publications, principally:\r\nThe Saturday Review (1949 — 1973)\r\nThe Hollywood Reporter (1973 — 1986)\r\nHe wrote, produced and hosted the 1985 cable TV series Sex in Cinema for the Playboy Channel. He was also the host of the syndicated radio series Knight at the Movies.


Served to 1st lieutenant infantry, United States Army, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Writers Guild American (chair film society 1961-1986), American Film Institute (trustee 1967-1971), Filmex (trustee 1969-1985), Australian Writers Guild, American Federation of television and Radio Artists.


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Married Anne Elizabeth Hall, September 25, 1981.

Arthur Rosenheimer

Claudia (Oppenheimer) Rosenheimer

Anne Elizabeth Hall