Former Newsweek film critic David Ansen will give an on-stage interview at the Rancho Mirage Public Library tonight as part of the library’s and Palm Springs International Film Festival’s “Hollywood Behind the Scenes” series.
The free event is at 7 p.m. at the library, 71-100 Highway 111. Ansen will discuss major movies, directors and actors, “as well as key turning points in movie history and the evolution of his own career writing about the movies,” library spokeswoman Susan Cook said. Movie clips will also be shown.
Ansen is artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and reviewed films for Newsweek magazine for more than 30 years.
Ansen started keeping a list of movies he’d seen, and their ratings, when he was 12 years old. Today, the list has more than 8,000 entries, according to the Palm Springs film festival.
Ansen was Newsweek’s movie critic from 1977 through 2008, and he still freelances for the magazine. He has been artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival since 2010 and has written documentaries for television on Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx, Elizabeth Taylor and Bette Davis.
He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Film Comment, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Cineaste, Men’s Journal, The Advocate, Interview and Self.
“Hollywood Behind the Scenes” highlights key moments in movie history and explores trends in the movie industry with five nationally-known critics, according to the Palm Springs film festival.
Seating tonight is first-come, first-served.