Max Alvarez is an author, film historian, and public speaker who has been lecturing on world cinema culture for over two decades. A former visiting scholar and guest lecturer for The Smithsonian Institution and film curator at National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., Alvarez’s presentation partnerships to broaden understanding of the cultural impact of film have included Museum of the Moving Image, The New York Public Library System, 92Y, Columbia University; University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley; the American Film Institute, The Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Scholars Program, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and numerous embassies and cultural offices.
Alvarez currently is a film history instructor for the Jewish Association Serving the Aging’s Sundays at JASA continuing education program at John Jay College in Manhattan. His latest book, The Cinéphile’s Guide to the Great Age of Cinema, is scheduled for publication this summer. He has also written The Crime Films of Anthony Mann for University Press of Mississippi and was a major contributor to the Northwestern University Press anthology, Thornton Wilder/New Perspectives.