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Arthur Knight collection

Identifier: 2319

Scope and Contents

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This collection contains the papers and tapes of film critic and historian Arthur Knight (1916-1991). The papers consist of the manuscript and illustration layouts of Knight’s book “The Liveliest Art” (1957). There are also 70 tapes primarily from WNYC radio program “Knight at the Movies” (1958-1960). There are interviews/discussions with filmmakers such as Jacques Tati, John Sturges, George Stevens, Leo McCarey, Stanley Donen, William Wyler, and Rene Clair. In addition, there is a music track from “And Now Miguel” (1966) and miscellaneous tapes.


  • 1957 - 1966


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Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Knight (1916–1991) was a movie critic, film historian, professor, and TV and radio host. He wrote "The Liveliest Art," a history of the cinema used as a textbook at colleges and universities. He taught at the University of Southern California, with students including George Lucas and John Carpenter. Knight wrote for The Hollywood Reporter, produced and hosted the 1985 series "Sex in Cinema" for the Playboy Channel, and hosted the radio series "Knight at the Movies."


86.875 Linear Feet (71 boxes)

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This collection contains the papers and tapes of film critic and historian Arthur Knight (1916-1991).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Arthur Knight, November 16, 1961.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Finding aid for the Arthur Knight collection
Marissa Chavez for History Associates Incorporated
2022 April
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0185 United States