Film Comment
Cover of the May/June 2010 edition, celebrating the 50th year anniversary of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960)
EditorDevika Girish and Clinton Krute
Circulation17,626 (2018)
PublisherFilm at Lincoln Center
First issue1962
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Film Comment is the official publication of Film at Lincoln Center. It features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world.[1] Founded in 1962 and originally released as a quarterly, Film Comment began publishing on a bi-monthly basis with the Nov/Dec issue of 1972. The magazine's editorial team also hosts the annual Film Comment Selects at the Film at Lincoln Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, publication of the magazine was suspended in May 2020, and its website was updated on March 10, 2021, with news of the relaunch of the Film Comment podcast and a weekly newsletter.[2]



Film Comment was founded during the boom years of the international art-house circuit and the so-called New American Cinema, an umbrella term for the era's independently produced documentaries, narrative features, and experimental and underground works. By way of a mission statement, founder-publisher Joseph Blanco wrote in the inaugural issue: "With the increasing interest in the motion picture as an art form, and with the rise of the New American cinema, [Film Comment] takes its place as a publication for the independent film maker and those who share a sincere interest in the unlimited scope of the motion picture."[3]

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Gordon Hitchens, 1962–1970

The magazine's earliest publishers were Clara Hoover and Austin Lamont. By the third issue, the publishers transferred ownership to Lorien Productions, a corporation that Hoover "formed to cover investments in artistic enterprises" (35, Feb 1984).[citation needed] This period in the magazine's history was marked by a predisposition towards low-budget narrative features and cinéma vérité-style documentaries. Hitchens was inclined towards a dual rejection of Hollywood and of the avant-garde (despite being acquainted with Jonas Mekas and Gregory Markopoulos and being involved in New York's avant-garde scene).

Richard Corliss, 1970–1982

Harlan Jacobson, 1982–1990

Richard Jameson, 1990–2000

Gavin Smith, 2000–2015

Nicolas Rapold, 2016–2020


Notable contributors



See also


  1. ^ A. O. Scott (February 20, 2009). "Recovering Treasures From Below the Radar". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Film Comment Relaunch Announcement". Film Comment. The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  3. ^ Joseph Blanco in Vision: A Journal of Film Comment (1:1, Spring 1962): page 2.
  4. ^ A. O. Scott (February 12, 2004). "Critics notebook". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Winners of the 2007 Utne Independent Press Awards
  6. ^ "Author Spotlight: Nicolas Rapold". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved March 1, 2021.