David Lehman

David Lehman, a contributing editor of the Scholar, is a poet, critic, and the general editor of The Best American Poetry annual anthology and author of the book One Hundred Autobiographies. He currently writes our Talking Pictures column.

Tunneling to Freedom

In The Great Escape (1963), the true story of a harrowing breakout from a German POW camp

By David Lehman | Thursday June 6, 2024

Homage to the Uncanny

Dead of Night (1945), a masterpiece of horror

By David Lehman | Thursday February 29, 2024

How Well Do You Know Your Hitchcock?

A multiple-choice test for the maestro’s fans

By David Lehman | Friday January 19, 2024

“Mr. Lucky” Didn’t Know Who He Was

How Cary Grant’s magical film career paralleled a lifelong identity crisis

By David Lehman | Thursday September 28, 2023

Brilliant Carnage

Sam Peckinpah’s slow-motion bullet ballet

By David Lehman | Thursday February 23, 2023

What Hath Gable Got?

“Rhett Butler” romances Claudette Colbert in Frank Capra’s comic masterpiece It Happened One Night

By David Lehman | Monday November 28, 2022

The Allure of the Enigmatic

“Mod” London takes center stage in Michelangelo Antonioni’s mind-blowing Blow-Up

By David Lehman | Thursday August 25, 2022

Famous Last Lines

How many do you know by heart?

By David Lehman | Thursday July 21, 2022

The Last Cigarette

Cinema’s most seductive prop

By David Lehman | Saturday May 14, 2022

The Plot to Kill de Gaulle

Fred Zinnemann’s “clock management” in The Day of the Jackal

By David Lehman | Saturday March 5, 2022

Hamlet vs. the Nazis

By David Lehman | Monday January 4, 2021

Rogues’ Gallery

By David Lehman | Saturday November 28, 2020

Gangsters in Love

By David Lehman | Saturday October 17, 2020

Coward, Take My Coward’s Hand

By David Lehman | Thursday August 13, 2020

An Exchange of Bullets in Belfast

By David Lehman | Thursday July 9, 2020

Strangers and Mirrors

By David Lehman | Tuesday May 26, 2020
Black-and-white photo of the "Running Wild" scene from Some Like it Hot. Cast members, including Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe, play various instruments in the photo.

Great Movie Music

By David Lehman | Tuesday April 28, 2020

Epitaph for a Genre

By David Lehman | Wednesday April 1, 2020
Still from The Time of Our Lives

Souvenirs of War

By David Lehman | Thursday March 5, 2020
Gregory Peck in "Gentleman's Agreement"

A Matter of Pride

By David Lehman | Monday February 10, 2020


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