Simon on Tootsie: Tootsie is fun. There have been years, perhaps decades, in film history when that would have been modest praise, but these days, this year, a film that is more or less adult fun is worth, in E.M. Forster's phrase about democracy, two cheers, anyway. This unique collection displays the wit, humour, wide span of kwledge, and serious engagement with the arts that have made John Simon's work respected and recognised the world over.
John Simon (1925-) was born in Yugoslavia and awarded his PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University. He has written theatre, film, music, and book reviews for many eminent publications, inc. New York, Esquire, Hudson Review, Opera News, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a past winner of the George Jean Nathan Award and the George Polk Award for Film Criticism. He lives in New York City. Bruce Beresford is the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, and Driving Miss Daisy among others