Books, Essays and More

Between 1967 and 1976 a number of extraordinary factors converged to produce an uncommonly adventurous era in the history of American film. The end of censorship, the decline of the studio system, economic changes in the industry, and demographic shifts among audiences, filmmakers, and critics created an unprecedented opportunity for a new type of Hollywood movie, one that Jonathan Kirshner identifies as the "seventies film." In Hollywood's Last Golden Age, Kirshner shows the ways in which key films from this period—including Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces, The Graduate, and Nashville, as well as underappreciated films such as The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Klute, and Night Moves—were important works of art in continuous dialogue with the political, social, personal, and philosophical issues of their times. read more





 "Woody Allen at Eighty," Bright Lights Film Journal (November 2015).

 "Passive Resistance: The Deceptive Calm of The Silence of The Sea,Film Quarterly  69:1 (fall 2015), pp. 90-92.

 "The Confession," Cineaste 40:4 (fall 2015), pp. 60-61.

 “Bright Lights, Timid City: The Academy Awards Celebrates Hollywood’s Conservative Business Culture,”  New York Daily News Sunday, February 22, 2015, pp. 28-9.

 “Jean-Pierre Melville’s Noir Improvisations: Two Men in Manhattan, Les Doulos, Le Deuxieme Souffle,”  Bright Lights Film Journal (February 2015).

 “Late, Great Chabrol,”  Bright Lights Film Journal (July 2014)

 “The Whole World is Watching: Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool on DVD,”  Bright Lights Film Journal 81 (August 2013)

 “When Critics Mattered: Kael, Ebert and ‘70s Film,”  Boston Review 36:2 (March/April 2012), pp. 59-64.

 “All the President’s Men,”  Film and History 36:2 (spring 2006)

 “Night Moves: America At Middle Age,”  Film and History 36:1 (fall 2006)

 “Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Research,”  PS: Political Science and Politics, 29:3 (September 1996), pp. 511-13.


 Book Reviews:

 "Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s," Cineaste 42: 2 (fall 2017), pp. 60-72

 "The Obsessions of Hitchcock, Welles, and Kubrick," Boston Review, (June 2017)

 "Better Living Through Criticism," Film Quarterly  70:2 (winter 2016), pp. 107-09.

 "Woody, The Biography," Cineaste 41:3 (summer 2016)

 “Mad as Hell,” Cineaste 39:4 (fall 2014), pp. 76-7.

 “Alfred Hitchcock’s America,” Screening the Past 37 (October 2013)

 “An Army of Phantoms,” Cinema Journal, 51:4 (summer 2012), pp. 215-8.

 “Nixon at the Movies,” Film and History 35:1 (fall 2005)


Papers and Chapters:

 "In the Dark: How Alan J. Pakula Created the Mother of All Conspiracy Movies" (The Parallax ViewSlate, July 27, 2017

 "The Conversation Encapsulated all of our Nixon-Era Fears," Slate, June 22, 2017 

 “Subverting the Cold War in the 1960s: Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate, and Planet of the Apes,” Film and History, 31:2 (2001)