Film historian, NYU professor and former LA Times journalist Robert Sklar has passed away in Spain, apparently from injuries sustained in a horrible cycling accident, according to IFC News. He’s arguably best known for his book Movie-Made America–an essential read for cinema students.
Eric Kohn, who studied under Sklar, penned a nice remembrance on his indieWIRE blog:
In his many writings, for numerous scholarly journals as well as Cineaste magazine, Sklar displayed an expert ability to engage in a dialogue with the power of movies to reflect cultural awareness (or react against it). He wrote an essay called “Oh Althusser!” about the need for history and theory to work in unison. Off the top of my head, I fondly recall his ability to bemoan the missed opportunities of blaxploitation while still giving the genre some credit for its representational energy. His essay on the “boy genius” myth of Orson Welles both dismantles that image while providing it with clear definition.