Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle (born May 7, 1959) is an American film critic and the author of two books on pre-Hays Code Hollywood. Up to March 2008, he had written more than 1550 reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle[1] and he has been podcasting them since September 2005.[2]

Mick LaSalle
BornMay 7, 1959 (age 59)
United States
OccupationFilm critic, writer, author
Spouse(s)Amy Freed

Life and career

LaSalle is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, a history/critical study of the actresses who worked in the film industry between 1929 and 1934. It was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2000. In his review in The New York Times, Andy Webster called it "an overdue examination of a historic conflict between Hollywood and would-be monitors of morality" and added LaSalle "has an avuncular but informative style, and makes his points with a relaxed economy."[3] Nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith called it "a brilliant work."

The book served as the basis for the documentary film Complicated Women, directed by Hugh Munro Neely and narrated by Jane Fonda, which originally was broadcast by Turner Classic Movies in May 2003. LaSalle provided commentary for and was associate producer of the project.[4]

LaSalle's follow-up to Complicated Women was Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man, published by Thomas Dunne in 2002. LaSalle has lectured on film subjects at various film festivals, including those in the Hamptons, Denver, Las Vegas, and Mill Valley and at New York City's Film Forum and San Francisco's Castro Theatre. For several years, he taught a film course at the University of California, Berkeley; as of 2016, he teaches a film course at Stanford University Continuing Studies. His third book, "The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn From Contemporary French Actresses," was published in 2012.

In the late 1990s, LaSalle was the on-air film critic for KGO-TV. He was a panelist at the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Venice Film Festivals. He was also a panelist at the 2009 Berlin film festival. In addition to his reviews, he answers film-related questions in the Chronicle column Ask Mick LaSalle. As the primary film critic for the Chronicle, LaSalle's reviews appear in all the Chronicle's sister newspapers of the Hearst chain, including the Connecticut Post, the Albany Times-Union, the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle.

Personal life

LaSalle is married to playwright Amy Freed.[5]


  1. ^ "Mick LaSalle at Rotten Tomatoes". Archived from the original on 2005-11-10. Retrieved 2005-08-10.
  2. ^ San Francisco Chronicle podcasts Archived 2007-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The New York Times review of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
  4. ^ Complicated Women at Turner Classic Movies
  5. ^ The New York Times profile of Amy Freed, November 16, 2003

External links

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