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Vincent Canby

Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – October 15, 2000) was an American film and theatre critic who served as the chief film critic for The New York Times from 1969 until the early 1990s, then its chief theatre critic from 1994 until his death in 2000. He reviewed more than one thousand films during his tenure there.

Vincent Canby
Canby in 1977
Born(1924-07-27)July 27, 1924
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedOctober 15, 2000(2000-10-15) (aged 76)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationCritic
Alma materDartmouth College
Period1948–2000
Subject
  • Film
  • theatre
PartnerPenelope Gilliatt

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Canby was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Katharine Anne (née Vincent) and Lloyd Canby. He attended boarding school in Christchurch, Virginia, with novelist William Styron, and the two became friends. He introduced Styron to the works of E. B. White and Ernest Hemingway; the pair hitchhiked to Richmond to buy For Whom the Bell Tolls.

He became an ensign in the United States Navy Reserve on October 13, 1942, and reported aboard the Landing Ship, Tank 679 on July 15, 1944. He was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on January 1, 1946 while on LST 679 sailing near Japan. After the war, he attended Dartmouth College, but did not graduate.

He obtained his first job as a journalist in 1948 for the Chicago Journal of Commerce. In 1951, he left Chicago for New York and was employed as a film critic by Variety for six years before beginning to work for The New York Times. In February 1969, he was designated The New York Times' film critic, succeeding Renata Adler.

Canby was an enthusiastic supporter of only specific styles of filmmakers; notably Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Jane Campion, Mike Leigh, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, James Ivory and Woody Allen, who credited Canby's rave review of Take the Money and Run as a crucial point in his career. On the other hand, Canby was also highly critical of some otherwise acclaimed films, such as Rocky, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Night of the Living Dead, After Hours, Blazing Saddles, A Christmas Story, Witness, Mask, The Natural, Rain Man, The Exorcist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Deliverance, The Godfather Part II, Alien and The Thing. Among the best-known texts written by Canby was an extremely negative review of the movie Heaven's Gate by Michael Cimino.

In December, 1994, Canby was replaced as the chief film critic by Janet Maslin and switched his attention from film to theatre, being named the Sunday theatre critic.

Canby, was also an occasional playwright and novelist, penning the novels Living Quarters (1975) and Unnatural Scenery (1979) and the plays End of the War (1978), After All (1981) and The Old Flag (1984), a drama set during the American Civil War.

The career of Vincent Canby is discussed in the film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism by contemporary critics such as The Nation's Stuart Klawans, who talks of Canby's influence.

Canby never married, but was, for many years, the companion of English author Penelope Gilliatt, whom he survived in 1993. He died from cancer in Manhattan on October 15, 2000. Almost three years later, upon the death of Bob Hope, the late Canby's byline appeared on the front page of The New York Times. Canby had written the bulk of Hope's obituary for the newspaper several years before.

A resident of Brooklyn Heights in the 1960s and 1970s, he later moved to Manhattan's Upper West Side, where he frequented the now-defunct Perretti’s Italian Cafe on Columbus Avenue.

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  2. Janet Maslin (October 16, 2000)."Vincent Canby, Prolific Film and Theater Critic for The Times, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. p. B 6. RetrievedDecember 5, 2020.
  3. "Vincent Canby Biography (1924–2000)". Filmreference.com. RetrievedMay 14, 2010.
  4. Carvajal, Doreen (November 11, 2000). "Recalling the Civilized Voice of a Critic, Vincent Canby". The New York Times. RetrievedFebruary 21, 2011.
  5. United States Navy NAVPERS 605-B "Commissioning Report Officers Report of Changes of U.S.S. LST 679", July 15, 1944, page 1. Note: Service Number 360 047.
  6. United States Navy NAVPERS 605-B "Officers Sailing Report, Report of Changes of U.S.S. LST 679, 10th day of January, 1946, date of sailing from Yokohama, Japan to Kure, Japan", February 7, 1946, page 1.
  7. Maslin, Janet (October 16, 2000). "Vincent Canby, Prolific Film and Theater Critic for The Times, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. p. 6. RetrievedFebruary 25, 2019.
  8. "Vincent Canby Gets 'Times' Film Critic Post; Exit Renata". Variety. March 5, 1969. p. 7.
  9. Canby, Vincent (August 19, 1969). "Take the Money and Run (1969)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. RetrievedFebruary 25, 2019.
  10. Anderson, John (November 22, 1976). "Film: 'Rocky,' Pure 30's Make-Believe". NY Times. The New York Times Company. RetrievedMay 14, 2010.
  11. "New Assignments for 3 Times Critics". The New York Times. October 27, 1993. p. C18. RetrievedFebruary 7, 2021.
  12. Malcolm, Derek (October 17, 2000). "Obituary: Vincent Canby". The Guardian. London: Guardian News & Media Limited. RetrievedOctober 15, 2010.
  13. Canby, Vincent (July 28, 2003). "Bob Hope, Comedic Master and Entertainer of Troops, Dies at 100". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. RetrievedFebruary 25, 2019.
  14. Besonen, Julie (December 17, 2020). "Will a Famous Critic's Desk Cure My Writer's Block?". The New York Times.

Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby Language Watch Edit Vincent Canby July 27 1924 October 15 2000 was an American film and theatre critic who served as the chief film critic for The New York Times from 1969 until the early 1990s then its chief theatre critic from 1994 until his death in 2000 He reviewed more than one thousand films during his tenure there 1 2 Vincent CanbyCanby in 1977Born 1924 07 27 July 27 1924 Chicago Illinois U S DiedOctober 15 2000 2000 10 15 aged 76 Manhattan New York U S OccupationCriticAlma materDartmouth CollegePeriod1948 2000SubjectFilmtheatrePartnerPenelope Gilliatt Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External linksEarly life EditCanby was born in Chicago Illinois the son of Katharine Anne nee Vincent and Lloyd Canby 3 He attended boarding school in Christchurch Virginia with novelist William Styron and the two became friends He introduced Styron to the works of E B White and Ernest Hemingway the pair hitchhiked to Richmond to buy For Whom the Bell Tolls 4 He became an ensign in the United States Navy Reserve on October 13 1942 and reported aboard the Landing Ship Tank 679 on July 15 1944 5 He was promoted to lieutenant junior grade on January 1 1946 while on LST 679 sailing near Japan 6 After the war he attended Dartmouth College but did not graduate Career EditHe obtained his first job as a journalist in 1948 for the Chicago Journal of Commerce In 1951 he left Chicago for New York and was employed as a film critic by Variety for six years before beginning to work for The New York Times 7 In February 1969 he was designated The New York Times film critic succeeding Renata Adler 8 Canby was an enthusiastic supporter of only specific styles of filmmakers notably Stanley Kubrick Spike Lee Jane Campion Mike Leigh Rainer Werner Fassbinder James Ivory and Woody Allen who credited Canby s rave review of Take the Money and Run as a crucial point in his career 9 On the other hand Canby was also highly critical of some otherwise acclaimed films such as Rocky The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi Night of the Living Dead After Hours Blazing Saddles A Christmas Story Witness Mask The Natural Rain Man The Exorcist One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest 10 Deliverance The Godfather Part II Alien and The Thing Among the best known texts written by Canby was an extremely negative review of the movie Heaven s Gate by Michael Cimino In December 1994 Canby was replaced as the chief film critic by Janet Maslin and switched his attention from film to theatre being named the Sunday theatre critic 11 7 Canby was also an occasional playwright and novelist penning the novels Living Quarters 1975 and Unnatural Scenery 1979 and the plays End of the War 1978 After All 1981 and The Old Flag 1984 a drama set during the American Civil War 11 The career of Vincent Canby is discussed in the film For the Love of Movies The Story of American Film Criticism by contemporary critics such as The Nation s Stuart Klawans who talks of Canby s influence Personal life EditCanby never married but was for many years the companion of English author Penelope Gilliatt whom he survived in 1993 12 He died from cancer in Manhattan on October 15 2000 12 Almost three years later upon the death of Bob Hope the late Canby s byline appeared on the front page of The New York Times Canby had written the bulk of Hope s obituary for the newspaper several years before 13 A resident of Brooklyn Heights in the 1960s and 1970s he later moved to Manhattan s Upper West Side where he frequented the now defunct Perretti s Italian Cafe on Columbus Avenue 14 References Edit Canby Vincent Vincent Canby Reviews Best Movie Reviews Movies New York Times Movies nytimes com Retrieved May 14 2010 Janet Maslin October 16 2000 Vincent Canby Prolific Film and Theater Critic for The Times Is Dead at 76 The New York Times p B 6 Retrieved December 5 2020 Vincent Canby Biography 1924 2000 Filmreference com Retrieved May 14 2010 Carvajal Doreen November 11 2000 Recalling the Civilized Voice of a Critic Vincent Canby The New York Times Retrieved February 21 2011 United States Navy NAVPERS 605 B Commissioning Report Officers Report of Changes of U S S LST 679 July 15 1944 page 1 Note Service Number 360 047 United States Navy NAVPERS 605 B Officers Sailing Report Report of Changes of U S S LST 679 10th day of January 1946 date of sailing from Yokohama Japan to Kure Japan February 7 1946 page 1 a b Maslin Janet October 16 2000 Vincent Canby Prolific Film and Theater Critic for The Times Is Dead at 76 The New York Times p 6 Retrieved February 25 2019 Vincent Canby Gets Times Film Critic Post Exit Renata Variety March 5 1969 p 7 Canby Vincent August 19 1969 Take the Money and Run 1969 The New York Times Archived from the original on July 15 2012 Retrieved February 25 2019 Anderson John November 22 1976 Film Rocky Pure 30 s Make Believe NY Times The New York Times Company Retrieved May 14 2010 a b New Assignments for 3 Times Critics The New York Times October 27 1993 p C18 Retrieved February 7 2021 a b Malcolm Derek October 17 2000 Obituary Vincent Canby The Guardian London Guardian News amp Media Limited Retrieved October 15 2010 Canby Vincent July 28 2003 Bob Hope Comedic Master and Entertainer of Troops Dies at 100 The New York Times Archived from the original on September 6 2012 Retrieved February 25 2019 Besonen Julie December 17 2020 Will a Famous Critic s Desk Cure My Writer s Block The New York Times Further reading EditCrowdus Gary Georgakas Dan 1980 The Power of the Times Critic An Interview with Vincent Canby Cineaste 10 2 pp 2 9 ISSN 0009 7004 via ProQuest External links EditArticles and Reviews by Vincent Canby at The New York Times Vincent Canby at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vincent Canby amp oldid 1047830991, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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