"To hell with the novel, to hell with the play, I was going to become a movie critic."
About This Interview
In her four-hour Archive interview, film critic Judith Crist (1922-2012) recounts her early fascination with books and movies. She talks about pursuing a career in journalism and landing her dream job as a film critic for the New York Herald Tribune. She describes how a newspaper strike in 1962 led to her stint as a movie reviewer on WABC-TV. She also discusses how her scathing review of Cleopatra led to industry notoriety. Crist then speaks of her role as possibly the first regular network movie reviewer on television, as the film critic for the Today show in the 1960s and '70s. She describes the format of her reviews, the film selection process, and her ability to speak extemporaneously on camera. She then talks about her subsequent reviewing on WOR-TV. Additionally, she chronicles her long tenure as the critic for TV Guide, her appearance in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, and meeting and befriending legendary film director Federico Fellini. Karen Herman conducted the interview on February 24, 2006 in New York, NY.