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John Simon (I) (1925–2019)

John Simon was born in Subotica (present-day Serbia) of Hungarian descent to Joseph and Margaret (née Reves) Simmon. He amended his surname at some point to "Simon". He grew up in Belgrade before immigrating to the United States in 1941, aged 16, on a tourist visa to join his parents. He posted on his blog that "Ivan" was later added by his father... See full bio »

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 1969 Putney Swope (special thanks)
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 2015 John Simon on Jan Troell (Documentary short)
 2005 Do You Speak American? (TV Movie documentary)
 2002 Double je (TV Series documentary)
- Episode dated 2 June 2002 (2002) ... Self
 1980 Talking Film (TV Series)
- The Critic (1980) ... Self
 1977 The Lynne Gordon Show (TV Series)
 1974 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
- Two on the Aisle (1974) ... Self
 1971 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.121 (1971) ... Self
 1970 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series)
Self - Guest
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Self - Theater Critic
- Episode #9.138 (1970) ... Self - Theater Critic
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 2013 Theater Talk (TV Series)
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- The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan (2013) ... Self - Guest
 2003 The Battle for 'I Am Curious-Yellow' (Video documentary short)
 2000 Biography (TV Series documentary)
 1985 The Moviemakers (TV Series)
- Critic's Choice (1985)
- The Critics Choice (1985) ... Self

Personal Details

Other Works:

Biography: "Ingmar Bergman Directs". Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974. ISBN 0156443600 See more »

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1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Ivan Simon

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Personal Quote:

[on Les Biches (1968)] As stupid, ugly and mean-spirited a film as you can find this side of [Jean-Luc Godard] and that side of [Joseph Losey. You can almost see tubes attached to the heels of all the characters, through which the meaning has been sucked out of them and [Claude Chabrol] pumped in. The one purveyor of pretentious tripe who can almost hold his own against Godard is Claude Chabrol, ... See more »


He studied comparative literature at Harvard University, where he received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees. He taught at schools including Harvard and MIT. See more »

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