Journo and academic was working at Taormina fest

Film critic Peter Brunette died June 16 of an apparent heart attack while attending the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was 66.

Brunette, who directed the film studies program at North Carolina’s Wake Forest U., spent the past decade reviewing movies for websites Indiewire and Most recently, Brunette reviewed major film festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Toronto for the Hollywood Reporter. His work appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe since the 1980s and he also wrote for Screen Intl.

More than 100 of Brunette’s reviews of film books appeared in publications including the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review and the Washington Post Book World. He also wrote several books, which profiled such well-known filmmakers as Roberto Rossellini and Martin Scorsese.

Fluent in French and Italian, he worked as an instructor and lecturer at several universities in the United States and France before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2004.

Taormina fest was planning a moment of silence in tribute before the night’s screening Wednesday. Brunette’s body was being flown back to the U.S.

His wife predeceased him. Survivors include a sister.

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