James Monaco

Biography of James Monaco

James Monaco (born 1942) is an American film critic, author, publisher, and educator.

He has written seven books, including The New Wave : Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette (1976), How To Read A Film (1977, 1981, 1999, 2009) and American Film Now (1979), and edited four others.

He founded Baseline in 1982, an early online database about the entertainment industry, and a forerunner of the IMDb. It was taken over by The New York Times Company in 2006.

He has taught at The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, New York University, and the City University of New York. He was a media commentator for Morning Edition on NPR in the 1980s, and has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Monaco is the founder and current president of UNET 2 Corporation. He runs Harbor Electronic Publishing in New York and Sag Harbor.

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