Godfrey Cheshire III is an American film critic, filmmaker, and journalist. He has written for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and The New Yorker. He is best known for his work as a film critic, for which he has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award for his collection of essays, Moving Pictures: Memoirs of a Film Critic.
Cheshire was born in New York City in 1955, and grew up in the city’s Upper West Side. He graduated from Collegiate School in 1973 and received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1977. After college, he moved to Paris, where he wrote for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times.
In the mid-1980s, Cheshire returned to the United States and began writing film reviews for The Wall Street Journal. He also wrote for The New York Review of Books, National Public Radio, and The New Yorker, among other publications. In 2000, he published Moving Pictures, a collection of his reviews, essays, and interviews. The book won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award.
In addition to his work as a film critic, Cheshire has directed two feature films. His first, “Changing the Game”, was released in 2001 and starred David Schwimmer, Michael J. Fox, and Teri Garr. His second film, “Roger Dodger”, was released in 2002 and starred Campbell Scott and Isabella Rossellini.
Cheshire has also directed several documentaries, including “Charlotte: A Portrait of a Southern City” and “Uncle Frank”, which tells the story of a gay uncle’s journey of self-discovery. He has served on the jury for the Cannes Film Festival, and has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Columbia University, and other institutions.
Godfrey Cheshire’s work as a film critic, filmmaker, and journalist has earned him both critical acclaim and a devoted following. He continues to write for various publications, and his films have been shown at festivals around the world. His work has been praised for its intelligence, wit, and insight, and he remains one of the most respected and accomplished figures in the film world today.