MICK LASALLE

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Mick LaSalle has reviewed films for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1985 and was appointed the newspaper's sole Movie Critic in 2002.

Mr. LaSalle is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, a history/critical study of the actresses who worked during the pre-censorship "pre-Code'' era of 1929-1934. The book was published in September, 2000 by St. Martin's Press. Entertainment Weekly called it "sophisticated and provocative" and Liz Smith called it "a brilliant work." The book was praised in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, Variety, Time Magazine, Elle and other prominent publications. Film historians, such as David Thomson and Molly Haskell, unanimously lauded it. Scott Eyman called it "a breakthrough work of film scholarship."

The book was "Book of the Month" on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in October, 2000 and was the subject of a film series on that station. A Timeline Films documentary, based on the book, aired on TCM in May of 2003. It was the subject of a full-month film festival on that station. Mick LaSalle co-wrote the screenplay and served as Associate Producer. That same month, his follow-up book, Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man was also named TCM's "Book of the Month.''

Mr. LaSalle has lectured on film subjects at various film festivals, including those in the Hamptons, Denver, Las Vegas and Mill Valley and at New York's Film Forum and San Francisco's Castro Theatre. For several years he taught a film course at the University of California in Berkeley. His master's thesis in English was "Greta Garbo's Transformation of the Femme Fatale" (East Carolina University, 1987). As a senior in college, he presented a paper, "Male-Female Relationships in the Films of the 1930s," at the Communication, Language and Gender Conference (West Virginia State University, 1981). Between 1994 and 1999, he was the on-air film critic for ABC-TV in San Francisco.

Mick LaSalle writes the weekly column "Ask Mick LaSalle'' in the Pink section of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is married to playwright Amy Freed, the author of The Beard of Avon and of Freedomland, a Pulitzer finalist in 1998.

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