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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky


Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Born Ignatiy Igorevich Vishnevetsky
(1986-09-05) September 5, 1986
Moscow, USSR (present day Moscow, Russia)
Occupation Film critic, essayist
Nationality Russian
Citizenship Russia[1]
Subject Film
Spouse Theresa Roberts (m. 2011)
Children 2

Ignatiy Igorevich Vishnevetsky (Russian: Игна́тий И́горевич Вишневе́цкий; born September 5, 1986)[2] is a Russian-born United States-based film critic and essayist. He works as a critic for the film website, is an occasional contributor to the Chicago Reader,[3][4] and has been a contributing film critic for The A.V. Club since May 2013.[5]

Vishnevetsky co-hosted Roger Ebert Presents: At the Movies, a nationally syndicated film criticism television show,[6] with Christy Lemire.[7]


  • Life and career 1
    • Personal life 1.1
  • Style 2
  • References 3
  • External Links 4

Life and career

Vishnevetsky was born in Moscow, U.S.S.R., the son of Russian poet Igor Vishnevetsky,[1][8] and moved to the United States at the age of 8, following his parents' divorce.[6][9] Although he did not formally study English in school while living in Russia, Vishnevetsky claims that he learned the language "entirely from TV and American TV commercials I watched constantly".[1]

He lived with his father, stepmother, and stepbrother in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Wauwatosa East High School[10] and then moved to Chicago,[6][10] where he briefly attended Columbia College Chicago, studying Film Directing.[3]

Before working as a film critic, Vishnevetsky worked as a translator,[6] movie theater usher and laundromat attendant.[3] Beginning in 2004, he became involved with Chicago's cinephile community, many of whose members he met through the video rental store "Odd Obsession".[11] He was involved in a screening space called North Western Avenue, whose participants later co-founded the film website,[11] to which Vishnevetsky continues to contribute.[12] In 2006, Vishnevetsky wrote and directed a 45-minute short film;[12][13] he also served as the film's editor and cinematographer. Soon after a final cut was completed, a hard drive failure destroyed much of the footage.[12] In an interview with the podcast Film in Focus, Vishnevetsky stated that the experience lead him to pursue film criticism full-time.[12] Vishnevetsky published a film zine called Zero for Conduct[4][12] before joining the NYU-based[12] film journal Tisch Film Review and then MUBI.[4]

In the fall of 2010, he was approached by Roger Ebert and his wife, Chaz Ebert, about auditioning for their new television show, Ebert Presents: At the Movies.[12] After several months of auditions, Vishnevetsky was announced as the show's co-host alongside Christy Lemire.[3][7] Vishnevetsky replaced critic Elvis Mitchell, who had appeared in the show's pilot but left the production for undisclosed reasons.[3][7]

In March 2013, Vishnevetsky announced that he'll be writing and directing his own film, starring Allison Torem, Stephen Cone, and Mallory Nees.

Personal life

Vishnevetsky lives in Chicago with his wife,[9] Theresa Roberts, a sculptor and installation artist. They married on January 1, 2011.[1] They have two children together.[14] Vishnevetsky remains a Russian citizen.[1]


He has described himself as "more of an optimist for the future of cinema than for the future of movies", stating that in his view the two were not synonymous. Comparing Vishnevetsky with his co-host, Christy Lemire, Time writer Steven James Snyder wrote that Lemire was "more preoccupied with finesse and plot points", while Vishnevetsky was "more interested in structure, experimentation and mood".[15]

In the February 11, 2011 episode of Ebert presents At the Movies, Vishnevetsky stated that the greatest influence on his work as a critic was Jean-Luc Godard's video project Histoire(s) du cinéma. In the same episode, he named the silent films True Heart Susie and Foolish Wives; the Holocaust documentary Shoah; and Jacques Tati's Play Time as the movies that made him want to become a film critic. In a blog post presented as an "appendix" to the episode, he revealed that he writes the majority of his film criticism by hand and will sometimes "edit together" essays out of notes and parts of unpublished texts.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e Stingl, Jim. "From Stingl's kitchen to Ebert's orbit", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  2. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy : "A Talk with Sergei Loznitsa"Time Indefinite, Mubi
  3. ^ a b c d e Zeitchek, Steven "Who is Ignatiy Vishnevetsky?", The L.A. Times
  4. ^ a b c Kohn, Eric. co-host Ignatiy VishnevetskyAt the MoviesFUTURES: Indiewire
  5. ^ AV Club articles by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
  6. ^ a b c d Ebert, Roger "Ebert Presents at the Movies"Roger Ebert's Journal: , Chicago Sun-Times
  7. ^ a b c Braun, Liz "Ebert chooses 2nd host for 'Movies'", The Toronto Sun
  8. ^ Christopher, Rob Is..."Roger Ebert Presents"And the Co-Host of , The Chicagoist
  9. ^ a b Metz, Nina. "Roger Ebert is back on TV, with a new man on deck", Chicago Tribune
  10. ^ a b Dudek, Duane hosts a Wauwatosa East alum"At The Movies", Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  11. ^ a b Cuddy, Allison. "Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies"Young Chicago critic tapped to host , WBEZ
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Episode 128: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Pt. 1." Podcast. Film in Focus. 7 Dec. 2011.
  13. ^ Cangialosi, Jason. Interview with Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. Yahoo! Movies.
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  15. ^ Snyder, Steven James. "Roger Ebert's New TV Show: Two New Thumbs, One Overdue Comeback", Time.
  16. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy. "Appendix to Episode #104", Sounds, Images.

External Links

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on Twitter

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