Amy Taubin


Amy Taubin (born September 10, 1938) is an American author and film critic.[1] She is a contributing editor for two prominent film magazines, the British Sight & Sound and the American Film Comment.[2] She has also written regularly for The Village Voice, The Millennium Film Journal, and Artforum, and used to be curator of video and film at the non-profit experimental performance space The Kitchen.[3]

Amy Taubin
Born (1938-09-10) September 10, 1938 (age 83)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationFilm critic

Taubin attended Sarah Lawrence College as an undergrad and received an MA from New York University. Taubin is also a filmmaker, curator, and educator.[3] She is one of the people visible in Michael Snow's experimental film Wavelength.[4]

Taubin has served on the board of trustees of the Anthology Film Archives; She was named as a Distinguished Art Historian-Teacher at the New York School of Visual Arts, Department of Humanities and Sciences; and has served on the selection committee for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.[5][6][7]

In 2020, Taubin was awarded a writer grant, in the short-form writing category, by the Warhol Foundation. In her statement on receiving the prize, she said she planned to use the funds to survey the '"time machine of cinema available on our home screens."'[8]

Selected worksEdit


  • Ghosts in the Machine, Village Voice, 1998.[9]
  • Douglas Gordon: through a looking glass, co-authored with Gagosian Gallery, Hal Hartle and Kay C. Pallister, Gagosian Gallery, 1999.[10]
  • Taxi Driver, BFI Publishing, 2nd ed., 2012.[11]
  • James Nares, co-authored with Glenn O'Brien and Ed Halter, Rizzoli International, 2014.[12]
  • The complete films of Agnès Varda, co-authored Michael Koresky, Ginette Vincendeau, So Mayer, etal., (The book is part of a 15-disc Blu-Ray collection) The Criterion Collection, 2020.[13]


  • "So there, Orwell": 1984: a video review, co-authored with John Howell, Louisiana World Exposition, 1984.[14]
  • Stands by his man on Peter Fonda's The hired man, Artform international, October 2003.[15]
  • Eastern exposure on recent Asian cinema, Artform international, November 2004.[16]
  • Common sense, Film comment, Vol. 52, no. 6, November/December 2016.[17]


  1. ^ "Amy Taubin". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "Amy Taubin". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Amy Taubin - SVA". School of Visual Arts | SVA | New York City. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Dixon, Wheeler W.; Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey (2002). Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader. Psychology Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-415-27786-0.
  5. ^ "Anthology Film Archives: About - Board of Trustees". Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award 2013". Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Amy Taubin joins NYFF Selection Committee; March/April lineup announced for 50 Years of NYFF series". Film at Lincoln Center. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Greenberger, Alex (November 18, 2020). "Warhol Foundation Writer Grants Go to Jessica Lynne, Amy Taubin, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, More". Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Taubin, Amy (1998). Ghosts in the Machine. New York, NY.: Village Voice. OCLC 1053922430.
  10. ^ Taubin, Amy; Hartley, Hal; Pallister, Kay C; Gagosian Gallery (1999). Douglas Gordon: through a looking glass. New York: Gagosian Gallery. ISBN 978-1-880154-27-4. OCLC 1020478677.
  11. ^ Taubin, Amy (2012). Taxi driver. ISBN 978-1-84457-499-5. OCLC 1066062671.
  12. ^ Taubin, Amy; O'Brien, Glenn; Halter, Ed (2014). James Nares. New York: Rizzoli International. ISBN 978-0-8478-4257-5. OCLC 880557667.
  13. ^ Taubin, Amy; Koresky, Michael; Vincendeau, Ginette; Mayer, So; Hidalgo, Alexandra; Bengal, Rebecca (2020). The complete films of Agnès Varda. ISBN 978-1-68143-736-1. OCLC 1192489160.
  14. ^ Taubin, Amy; Howell, John (1984). "So there, Orwell": 1984 : a video review. Louisiana: Louisiana World Exposition. OCLC 950226403.
  15. ^ Taubin, Amy (2003). "Stands by his man on Peter Fonda's The hired man". Artforum International. OCLC 930354272.
  16. ^ Taubin, Amy (2004). "Eastern exosure on recent Asian cinema". Artforum International. OCLC 930354485.
  17. ^ Taubin, Amy (2016). "Common sense". Film Comment. 52 (6). ISSN 0015-119X. OCLC 974844265.