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wen Gleiberman gets seri-
ous going to the movies and
relaxes watching the news.
It's been that way for some 20 years
as Gleiberman earns his living writ-
ing film reviews for Entertainment
Gleiberman, who grew up attend-
ing Pioneer High School in Ann
Arbor and nurtured his career inter-
ests there, returns to his hometown
Thursday, Oct. 30, to explain his
maybe I could make a go of it.
professional outlook while launch-
Studying literature gave me a back-
ing the Hubert Cohen Film Criticism
ground that really helped, and all the
and Film Scholarship Series at 7
film classes I took were terrific, fasci-
p.m. in the CC Little Building at the
nating and inspiring."
University of Michigan.
Although not raised with Jewish
"I want to talk about coming to a
ritual, Gleiberman can identify with
love of film through being at the uni-
Jewish characters in a couple of his
versity in the 1970s, an extraordinary favorite films — The Chosen and Next
era for movies and the people who
Stop, Greenwich Village.
love movies:' says Gleiberman, 49,
"When I got to U-M and met
based in New York and still in con-
people who were cultural Jews from
tact with his mentor, Cohen, who has
the East Coast, I discovered I did have
taught many successful journalists.
some of that identity simply because
"I also want to talk about the
my parents were Jews from New York:'
trends over the past few decades in
he says. "That has a meaning all its
movies and criticism, the reasons that own, and I feel that more and more
criticism matters in this culture and
the older I get."
some of the problems the world of
Gleiberman's wife, Sharon, a dog
criticism is now facing."
trainer, has come to share her hus-
Gleiberman, who sees as many as
band's prime interest.
10 films a week, started his writing
"Movie culture in our era is awash
career at the Michigan Daily, serving
in fantasy, with animated films, over-
campus readers. After graduation
the-top horror films and action films
with an English major in 1980, he
that have no real pretense of being
worked at the Boston Phoenix and
realistic:' Gleiberman says. "I escape
then went freelance for film publica-
from that through reality.
"I love watching the television pun-
With Entertainment Weekly since
dits and the incredible game politics
it started in 1990, Gleiberman also
has become through the omnipres-
has brought his opinions to television ent media world. I think the news is
through many programs, such as the
pretty great because I'm just rabid for
Charlie Rose Show, Entertainment
Barack °barna." El
Tonight and Access Hollywood.
"I was part of the generation of
movie buffs who discovered great
films through college film societies
Owen Gleiberman speaks 7 p.m.
and then stumbled into criticism:'
Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room 1528
says Gleiberman, whose presenta-
of the CC Little Building, off
tion will set the stage for annual
North University near Church
Street, at the University of
"By the time I reached my junior
Michigan in Ann Arbor. (734)
year, it occurred to me that I really
liked writing about movies and
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