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About Joan Ellis
Scratch a genuine movie fan and you will uncover a hooky-playing youth.
Joan Ellis is one. In a Midwestern grade school she began slipping off to
the make-believe world of the local movie house, and a lifelong romance
began. At Vassar College she was again diverted from schoolwork, this time
by a Yale man with a taste for adventure. At 19 and 21 the bride and groom
signed onto another make-believe world: the CIA, where they trained for
assignments as deep cover agents. The experience made of Ellis a skeptic,
a liberal, and a passionate opponent of censorship.
After the CIA she raised three children, helped to build an electronics
company with her husband, and took on a bit of unfinished business.
Twenty-seven years after entering Vassar she took her senior year at
Then the movies began to exert their old pull. Intrigued by the way film
reflects our culture (or is it the other way around?), she slipped into
full-time reviewing. Her reviews earned a Critical Writing Award from the
New Jersey Press Association.
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