Gordon Hitchens dies at 85

Former Variety journo wrote for weekly in 1970s, '80s

Former Variety journo Gordon Hitchens died Aug. 7 in Long Island of cancer. He was 85.

Under the name Hitch, he wrote reviews for weekly Variety in New York in the 1970s and ’80s.

The son of thriller novelists Bert and Dolores Hitchens, Hitchens founded and edited Film Comment, the arts and cultural mag of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, from 1962-70. He later segued to Variety , where his work was called “pithy and fun” by then- Variety editor Elizabeth Guider, now editor at the Hollywood Reporter.

“His reviews were very thoughtful and funny,” Guider said.

Hitchens also was the U.S. rep at festivals including Berlin, Caracas and New York. He was on the selection committee for New York and sat on the jury of the 1968 Berlin fest.

Besides his journalism, Hitchens was a documaker who directed 1962’s “Sunday on the River.”

Survivors include a son and a daughter, four grandchildren and a brother. Donations may be made to the ACLU in his name.

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