- John Russell Taylor
John Russell Taylor (born
June 19, 1935) is an English criticand author. He is the author of critical studies of British theatre; of critical biographies of such important figures in Anglo-American filmas Alfred Hitchcock, Alec Guinness, Orson Welles, Vivien Leigh, and Ingrid Bergman; of "Strangers in Paradise: The Hollywood Emigres 1933-1950" (1983); and some books on art.
Born in in Dover, Kent, England, the son of Arthur Russell and Kathleen Mary (Picker) Taylor ("
filmreference.com" biography), John Russell Taylor is a graduate of Dover Grammar Schooland the University of Cambridge.Facts|date=May 2008 He lives in London("filmreference.com" biography).
In the 1960s he wrote on cinema for "
Sight and Sound" and the " Monthly Film Bulletin", on the theatrein "Plays and Players", on televisionfor "The Listener", and on various subjects relating to the artsfor the " Times Literary Supplement". From the late 1950s he began writing anonymously on television and theatre for " The Times", and by 1962 he had become the paper's film critic, initially anonymous but later named after the paper abandoned its "anonymity rule" in January 1967 when William Rees-Moggbecame editor. During this era he wrote a number of books including "Anger and After: A Survey of the New British Drama" (1962), revised and expanded and published in paperback as "The Angry Theatre: New British Drama" (1969); "Anatomy of a Television Play" (1962), concerning the " Armchair Theatre" production "Afternoon of a Nymph"; "Cinema Eye, Cinema Ear: Some Key Film-Makers of the Sixties" (1964); and "The Art Nouveau Book in Britain" (1966). In 1969 he was a member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival( IMDb"filmography").
In the early 1970s Taylor wrote the book "Second Wave: British Drama for the Seventies", a follow-up to "Anger and After". In 1972, he moved to
California, to become a lecturer on film at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, serving as a Professor of Cinema from 1972 to 1978 ("John Russell Taylor" at the "Encyclopædia Britannica Online"), while continuing to contribute to "The Times" and to " The New York Times", and " The Los Angeles Times". During this period, he wrote "Directors and Directions: Cinema for the Seventies" (1975).
Having developed a friendship with
Alfred Hitchcockduring the 1970s, he became Hitchcock's official biographer.Facts|date=May 2008 In 1978, after publishing "Hitch", Taylor returned to the UK, becoming the art critic for " The Times", a post that he held until 2005.
Since 2005 he has contributed occasionally to "The Times" and was also editor of the magazine "
Films and Filming" from 1983 until its closure in 1990.
*Taylor, John Russell. "The Angry Theatre: New British Drama". 1962. Rev. ed. New York: Hill & Wang, 1969. ISBN 9780809026630. (Revised and expanded edition of "Anger and After: A Guide to the New British Drama".)
* [http://www.britannica.com/oscar/author?id=2924 "John Russell Taylor"] at "Encyclopædia Britannica Online", "All about Oscar". Accessed
May 7, 2008.
May 7, 2008. ("Filmography".)
* [http://www.filmreference.com/film/71/John-Russell-Taylor.html "John Russell Taylor Biography (1935– )"] at "
filmreference.com". Accessed May 7, 2008.
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