Collection is open to the public. Access to original items is restricted. Advance
notification required for use.
For permission to publish, contact the Curator, The Rodgers and Hammerstein
Archives of Recorded Sound.
William Wolf Film & Theater Interview Collection, *L(Special) 99-21,
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library
for the Performing Arts.
The collection was donated by William Wolf.
William Wolf, critic, author, and lecturer, has written extensively on film and
theater. He was for many years film critic and film editor for Cue
Magazine (1964-1980), and when Cue was merged into New
York Magazine, he bacame a critic and contributing editor writing
the On Film column (1980-1983). He subsequently became the
syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain (1984-1988).
Mr. Wolf's articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States,
publications abroad, and various national and international magazines and
In 1988 he bagan publishing The William Wolf Entertainment Guide on
the Internet (www.wolfentertainmentguide.com) containing his reviews of theater,
film, and other cultural events.
During the course of his career, Mr. Wolf has interviewed hundreds of film and
theater notables and has covered the world's major film festivals. He served two
years as Chariman of the New York Film Critic's Circle and is a member of the Drama
Desk, P.E.N., and the American Association of University Professors.
At New York University, with which he has been affiliated since the early 1970's, he
teaches Film as Literature in the English Department, and Cinema and Literature in
the French Department. Professor Wolf is particularly know for his Filmmaker's
course for New York University's School of Continuing Education and its successor
course, William Wolf's Movie Previews at the Walter Reade Theater of
Mr. Wolf is the author of Landmark Films: the Cinema and Our Century,
which he wrote in collaboration with his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of
The Marx Brothers.
A native of Bound Brook, New Jersey, Mr. Wolf is a graduate of Rutgers University,
where he majored in journalism. He started his career as a correspondent for various
newspapers while at Rutgers, and after graduation, worked for the Associated Press
in Huntington, W. VA., before going to Europe to free-lance as a foreign
The collection consists of interviews with directors, actors, producers and others in
the world of cinema and the stage. The majority of interviews were conducted for Mr.
Wolf's New York University's School of Continuing Education class, The
Filmmakers. The remaining interviews were conducted for Mr. Wolf's
books, and magazine articles. These cases are documented in the finding aid.