David Sterritt is a film critic, author, teacher and scholar. He is most notable for his work on Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard, and his many years as the Film Critic for The Christian Science Monitor, where, from 1968 until his retirement in 2005, he championed avant-garde cinema, theater, and music. He has a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University and was, until 2105, chair of the National Society of Film Critics for ten years. He has also served two terms as chair of the New York Film Critics Circle and ten years as cochair of the University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation at Columbia University, where he taught for 25 years. He is now a film professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and professor emeritus of theater and film at Long Island University.
His writings on film and film culture have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Cahiers du cinéma, MovieMaker, The Huffington Post, Senses of Cinema, Cineaste, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Beliefnet, CounterPunch, Journal of the American Psychoanalytical Association, Journal of American History, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others. Sterritt has appeared on CBS Morning News, Nightline, Charlie Rose, Geraldo at Large, Catherine Crier Live, CNN Live Today, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The O’Reilly Factor, among many other television and radio shows, including the National Public Radio program All Things Considered, where he was film critic for two years. His 15 books include volumes on the film and culture of the 1950s, the Beat Generation, French New Wave cinema, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, and Terry Gilliam, rock’n’roll movies, and the TV series The Honeymooners.