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Criticul de film Robert Horton, prof. asociat la University of Seattle, va susține în Iași, în  perioada 16-30 octombrie, o serie de conferințe, cea cu tema „Alien Encounters: Hollywood Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s” fiind găzduită joi, 20 octombrie a.c., 13,30, de Compartimentul American Corner din cadrul Bibliotecii „Gh. Asachi” Iași,. 

La eveniment ne va fi alături lect. dr. Veronica Popescu, profesor în cadrul Facultăți de Litere, Universitatea „Al.I Cuza” Iași, împreună cu elevi de la Colegiul National „C. Negruzzi”, coordonați de prof. Cristina Mocanu.

Pentru mai multe informații: Compartimentul American Corner, Biblioteca Județeană „Gh. Asachi” Iași (Bd. Ștefan cel Mare, nr. 8-10, Galeriile Comerciale), telefon: 0758 804011 sau pe e-mail, la adresa

Robert Horton

1000 Union St. #316, Seattle, WA  98101, USA  (206) 898-0033  |


B.A., Cinema Studies, University of Washington, 1980


Writing Experience:             

Film critic, The Herald (Everett, WA), 1983-present; Seattle Weekly, 2013-present

Film critic, KUOW-FM, 1994-2013

Regular contributor, Film Comment, 1990-present

Freelance contributor: Village Voice, Chicago Reader, Newsday, Seattle Times, Ray, American Film, City Arts, LivFun. Online: Microsoft Cinemania,, GreenCine,


Frankenstein (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014)

The Lost Diary of John J. Flynn, U.S. Agent (Chicago: Moonstone, 2012)

Rotten, Vol. 2: Revival of the Fittest (Chicago: Moonstone, 2011)

Rotten, Vol. 1: Reactivated (Chicago: Moonstone, 2010)

Rotten #1 (Italian version) (Torino: Alla Galla, 2010)

Billy Wilder: Interviews (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001)

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, various entries (Detroit: St. James Press, 2000)

Best American Movie Writing 1999, “Frank Sinatra: One Good Take” (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999)

 Comic Book:

Rotten (Moonstone, June 2009-2012)


Seattle University, Adjunct Faculty, 2012-present

Architectural Association summer program, London, 2013

Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker, 2010-present

Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau 2010-2014

Founder/panelist, Framing Pictures, 2012-present

Founder/moderator, Critics Wrap, 2005-2014

Lecturing: University of Washington, Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College, Discover U


Monumental Mysteries, Travel Channel, 2013

The Today Show, NBC, 2011

Art Zone in Studio, Seattle Channel, 2008-2013

Writer-host, “Festival Minutes,” Seattle Channel, 2007-8

Periodic guest, “Northwest Afternoon,” 1995-2001


Interviewer, Iraq in Fragments (Typecast Releasing, 2007)

Interviewer, Outsourced (Ocean Park, 2008)

Liner notes author, Tous les matins du monde (Koch Lorber, 2006)


The Crop Duster (, webmaster

What a Feeling! (, webmaster

The Overlook Podcast (creator/co-host), 2014-present




Curator/host, “Magic Lantern,” Frye Art Museum, 2005- 2014

Curator, “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies,” Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Dec. 2012 – Nov. 2013

Moderator/host, “Selected Films of Bernardo Bertolucci: Cinema and the Art of Desire,” Seattle Art Museum film series, 2005

Curator/host, “The Myth of the West,” Henry Art Gallery film series, 1990


Fulbright Specialist Roster candidate, 2013-2018

Board of Directors, Scarecrow Video Project, Seattle, 2014-present

RIAS Berlin Kommission fellowship, Sep. 2012

Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association, 2012-present

Host and interviewer, Port Townsend Film Festival, 2001-present

Named “One to Watch,” The Stranger‘s “Genius Awards,” 2003

Chairman, Seattle Film Critics Awards, 2002-04

Founder and board member, Seattle Filmhouse

Board member and president, Seattle Film Society

Jury member, Seattle International Film Festival

Recent magazine writing:

„Aferim!”, Film Comment, Jan./Feb. 2016

„David Lynch: Man from Another Place,” Film Comment, Nov./Dec. 2015

„Encore: Miracle Mile,” Film Comment, Sep./Oct. 2015

“The Typewriter and the Camera: Joseph L. Mankiewicz,” Film Comment, Sep./Oct. 2014

“Alexandre Desplat,” Film Comment, Sep./Oct. 2014

“Watching John Wayne,” Film Comment, May/Jun., 2014

“Book Review: John Wayne: The Life and Legend,” Film, Apr. 2014

“Designs for Living: Mathias Piñeiro,” Film Comment, Jul./Aug. 2013

“Taken: Ford’s The Searchers Continued a Century-Long Pursuit,” Film Comment, May/June 2013

10:30 P.M. Summer,” Film Comment, May/June 2013

The Big Screen, by David Thomson,” Film Comment, Sep./Oct. 2012

“The Blockbuster Godfather: DeMille Gets his Close-Up,” Film Comment, Sep./Oct. 2010

“Last Year at Graceland,” Parallax View, August 15, 2009

“The Night of the Hunter,” The Crop Duster, March 1, 2009

“The Curator’s Eye: Say Anything…City Arts, December 2008

“Otto Preminger,” Film Comment, March/April 2008

“Food for Thought,” Film Comment, Jan./Feb., 2008

“The Star Machine,” Film Comment, Nov./Dec. 2008

Dans Paris,” Film Comment, Jul./Aug. 2007

“East German Cinema Guide,” GreenCine, June 2007

“Seattle/Cinema/Architecture,” Arcade, Spring 2007

“Walt Disney,” Film Comment, Jan./Feb. 2007

Cutter’s Way,” scanners, July 2006

“Fade Out,” Film Comment, Sep./Oct. 2005

The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” Film Comment, Jul./Aug. 2005

Recent Lectures/Panels/Events:

„Before Ultron: Artificial Intelligence in the Movies,” King County Library system, Oct.-Nov. 2015

“What Time Is It There? Time as a Character in Contemporary Films,” Architectural Association, London, May 2015

“The Movie Mash-Up: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film,” Lee Road Library, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 2015

“Cinema Dissection: Bride of Frankenstein,” SIFF Cinema, Seattle, Jan. 2015

“On Frankenstein,” Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Oct. 2014

“Hitchcock Remastered: The Many Lives of Psycho,” Frye Museum, Seattle, Oct. 2014

“The Films of Zacharias Kunuk,” Frye Museum, Sep. 2014

Art Hit tour leader, Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park, Aug. 2014

“Hitchcock and The Lodger,” Seattle Public Library, June 2014

“Simplicity and Passion: The Film Sense of Yasujirô Ozu and Zhang Yimou,” Frye Museum, Feb. 2014

“Virgins, Hausfraus, and Fallen Angels: Images of Women in Early German Film,” Frye Museum, Jan. 2014

“Introducing Murnau’s Sunrise,” Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Jan. 2014

“A Magic-Loving Cinema: Myths and Legend in German Films,” Frye Museum, Nov. 2013

“Imagining the City on Film,” Frye Museum, Aug. 2013

“Hope in Hard Times: 1930s Hollywood and the Radical Spirit,” Jefferson County Historical Society, Port Townsend, WA, June 2013

“A Feast on Film: How Food Becomes Art in the Movies,” King County Library System, April-May 2013

“The Great Age of Soviet Cinema,” Frye Museum, Feb. 2013

“The Year in Filmmaking,” Vashon Arts & Lectures Series, Jan. 2013

“Celluloid Seattle: Curator’s Talk,” Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Jan. 2013

“John Cage and Friends,” Frye Art Museum, Oct. 2012

“End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset,” Humanities Washington talk, Moses Lake Museum, Moses Lake, WA, Oct. 2012

“Images of Women: Laura,” Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Sep. 2012

“Americans Unwillingly Abroad: Two Blacklisted Directors,” Frye Museum, Aug. 2012

“On Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In,” Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, April 2012

“How to Write Like I Do,” 826 Seattle writing workshop, April 2012

“On Rabies,” Seattle Jewish Film Festival, March 2012

“Flowers of Asia: Tradition and Modernity in Recent Asian Film,” Frye Art Museum, Feb. 2012

“A World in a Rear Window: The Cinema of Limited Perspective,” Frye Art Museum, Nov. 2011

“Once Upon a Movie: Cinema and Fairy Tales,” the Rainier Club Literary Luncheon Series, Oct. 2011

“Things to Come: Visions of the Future on Film,” King County Library system, Oct.-Dec. 2011

“A Century of Movie Stars,” at sea onboard Celebrity Silhouette, Oct. 2011

“Administrative Justice: From Film to Reality,” panel for British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals, Vancouver, B.C.; Oct. 2011

“These Amazing Shadows,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2011

“The Anatomy Class: Cinema and the Body,” Frye Art Museum, Aug. 2011

It’s Hard to Be Loved by Jerks,” screening/discussion on Mohammed cartoons published in France, Tournees Festival, Edmonds, WA, Jan. 2011

“Hollywood: The Dream Factory,” Creative Retirement Institute Speaker Luncheon, Edmonds, WA, Dec. 2010

“Youth Film Happy Hour” panel, Northwest Film Forum, Dec. 2010

“Witch’s Sleep: Movies and the Victorian Occult,” Frye Art Museum, Oct. 2010

“Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s,” Moses Lake Museum, Moses Lake, WA, Oct. 2010

“Mad Men and Women: Domestic Discontent in the Films of Sirk, Fassbinder, and Akerman,” Frye Art Museum, Sep. 2010

The Bridge on the River Kwai, an introduction, SIFF Cinema, Sep. 2010

“The Far Country: Alaska in the Movie Imagination,” Frye Art Museum, Aug. 2010

“The Dream Factory,” at sea aboard Celebrity Summit, April 2010

“Kids of Survival,” Seattle Public Library, March 2010

“Images of Indians,” Everett Community College, Everett, WA, Feb. 2010

“A Century of Celebrity: The Great Movie Stars (in five parts),” at sea aboard Celebrity Mercury, Feb. 2010

“The Movie Mash-up: Wild Literary Adaptations,” Frye Art Museum, Jan. 2010

“Portable Grindhouse Panel,” Fantagraphics Books, Dec. 2009

“The Beats on Film,” Frye Art Museum, Nov. 2009

A Portrait of Diego Rivera: Gabriel Figueroa Flores,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2009

“Hello Dollface: The Inanimate Object as Actor,” Frye Art Museum, May 2009

“Writing Reviews for Today’s Market,” Richard Hugo House, Seattle, April 2009

The Bells: An Introduction,” Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Jan. 2009

“Caligari’s Children: The Great Age of German Cinema,” Frye Museum, Jan.-Mar. 2009

“David Lean’s Arabia Campaign: The Enduring Lawrence,” Frye Museum, Nov. 2008

“Sacha Guitry’s The Story of a Cheat,” Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 2008

“Remembering Paul Newman,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2008

“The Cinematic Emperor: Images of Napoleon on Film,” Frye Museum, Sep. 2008

“Classically Composed Hollywood: Film Scores by the European Émigrés,” Frye Museum, April 2008

“Comic Book Style on Film,” Frye Museum, Feb. 2008

“West Germany’s Big Three: Herzog, Wenders, and Fassbinder,” Frye Museum, Jan. 2008

“Love Live the New Flesh: A Dialogue on David Cronenberg,” Frye Museum, Oct. 2007

“An Evening with Elliott Gould,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2007

“Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2007

“They Came from Outer Space: 1950s Sci-fi on Film,” Frye Museum, Sep. 2007

“Out of African Cinema: The Modern and the Ancient,” Frye Museum, Aug. 2007

“Dark Angels: Hollywood’s Femme Fatales,” Frye Museum, May 2007

“In from the Cold: Films of the Iron Curtain and After,” Frye Museum, Feb. 2007

“An Evening with Malcolm McDowell,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2006

“The Outsider Artist in Film,” Frye Museum, Oct. 2006

“Ingmar Bergman,” Frye Museum, Sep. 2006

“The American Dark Fable,” Frye Museum, May 2006

“Welles and Antonioni: Poets of Loss,” Frye Museum, April 2006

“Herzog’s Aguirre,” Seattle Art Museum, Sep. 2005

“An Evening with Debra Winger and Arliss Howard,” Port Townsend Film Festival, Sep. 2005

“Howard Hawks’s The Thing,” EMP and Sci-fi Museum, Aug. 2005

“Wong Kar-Wai: Assembling Pieces of Time,” Frye Museum, July 2005

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