MATTHEW KENNEDY is the author, most recently, of Roadshow: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2014), a lively history of the downfall of the Hollywood musical, which became a victim of its own success as studios rushed to catch the wave created by My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. But everything went wrong.


A writer, film historian, and anthropologist, Kennedy is the author of three biographies of classic Hollywood: Marie Dressler: A Biography (McFarland, 1999, paperback 2006), Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), and Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007).


Kennedy is a film and book critic for Bright Lights Film Journal, a member of the Writers Groups of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and his articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide and Performing Arts. He taught film history and anthropology at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and City College of San Francisco from 1994 to 2017. He has been a guest speaker at a number of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Mechanics Institute Library, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and on radio, podcasts, and television.  Roadshow! was the basis of a film series on Turner Classic Movies. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a San Francisco Cable Car Media/Journalism Award.

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