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Perplexing Plots: Popular Storytelling and the Poetics of Murder

On the History of Film Style pdf online

Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling

Film Art: An Introduction

Christopher Nolan: A Labyrinth of Linkages pdf online

Pandora’s Digital Box: Films, Files, and the Future of Movies pdf online

Planet Hong Kong, second edition pdf online

The Way Hollywood Tells It pdf online

Poetics of Cinema pdf online

Figures Traced In Light

Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema pdf online

Exporting Entertainment: America in the World Film Market 1907–1934 pdf online


Hou Hsiao-hsien: A new video lecture!

CinemaScope: The Modern Miracle You See Without Glasses

How Motion Pictures Became the Movies

Constructive editing in Pickpocket: A video essay


Rex Stout: Logomachizing

Lessons with Bazin: Six Paths to a Poetics

A Celestial Cinémathèque? or, Film Archives and Me: A Semi-Personal History

Shklovsky and His “Monument to a Scientific Error”

Murder Culture: Adventures in 1940s Suspense

The Viewer’s Share: Models of Mind in Explaining Film

Common Sense + Film Theory = Common-Sense Film Theory?

Mad Detective: Doubling Down

The Classical Hollywood Cinema Twenty-Five Years Along

Nordisk and the Tableau Aesthetic

William Cameron Menzies: One Forceful, Impressive Idea

Another Shaw Production: Anamorphic Adventures in Hong Kong

Paolo Gioli’s Vertical Cinema

(Re)Discovering Charles Dekeukeleire

Doing Film History

The Hook: Scene Transitions in Classical Cinema

Anatomy of the Action Picture

Hearing Voices

Preface, Croatian edition, On the History of Film Style

Slavoj Žižek: Say Anything

Film and the Historical Return

Studying Cinema


Book Reports

Curriculum vitæ

Annotated list of principal essays

CV revised 2021


B.A. (English) State University of New York at Albany, 1969

M.A. (Speech and Dramatic Arts, concentration in Film) University of Iowa, 1972

Ph.D. (Speech and Dramatic Arts, concentration in Film) University of Iowa, 1974.

Honorary degree: Doctora philosophiæ honoris causa, University of Copenhagen. Awarded 13 November 1997.


Current Position

Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Film
Film Styles and Genres
Critical Film Analysis
Classical Film Theory
Contemporary Film Theory
Camera Movement and Film Narrative
The Nature of Criticism
Japanese Cinema
Postwar European Cinema
American Film Since 1970
Hong Kong Cinema

Graduate seminars:
Introduction to Graduate Study in Film
Seminar in Film Analysis
Seminar in Contemporary Film Theory
Seminar in Contemporary Film Criticism
Narrative Theory and Film
Japanese Cinema
Japanese Cinema of the 1930s
Technology and Technique in American Cinema
Space and Narration in the Fiction Film
The Films of Jean-Luc Godard
Cognitive Poetics of Cinema
Stylistic Analysis of Film
The Film Spectator
Contemporary Asian Cinema
Comparative Film Analysis

Other Positions

Visiting Associate Professor in Cinema Studies, New York University (Fall term, 1979): Aesthetic Principles of Film; The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer; Classical Film Theory.

Visiting Associate Professor in Broadcasting and Film, University of Iowa (Fall term, 1980): Introduction to Film Analysis; Film Criticism; Seminar: American Film.

Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison, June 1985–June 1987; July 2000–present.

Associate Chair, Department of Communication Arts (August  1988–July 1989).


American Film Institute Graduate Scholarship for dissertation work (1972).

University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School grants for research on the films of Carl Dreyer (1976), on Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi (1977), on the classical Hollywood cinema (1979), on the Soviet cinema of the 1920s (1981), on post-1968 political cinema (1982), on Yasujiro Ozu (1983), on interpretation in film criticism (1986), on Japanese cinema of the 1930s (1987), on issues in contemporary film theory (1989), on the stylistics of the cinema (1990), on historiographic models of film style (1995), on Hong Kong cinema (1997), and on theories of film narrative (1999).

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for 1978 Summer Seminar for College Teachers, “The Classical Narrative Cinema and Modernist Alternatives.”

American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for summer and fall of 1982.

Chancellor’s Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1984.

Fulbright Research Scholar for September 1984–January 1985, in Brussels, Belgium.

Vilas Humanist Award, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1984–86.

Fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities, fall 1987–spring 1988.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorship: Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, April 1990.

Guggenheim Fellowship, January–December 1991.

Five-year fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities, fall 1993–spring 1998.

Hilldale Award in the Humanities, March 2001.

Hilldale Distinguished Professorship, University of Wisconsin–Madison, March 2001.

Sir Edwin Youde Memorial Fund Visiting Professor, attached to Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts (19 November–29 November 2001).

2004 Teaching Award, Alpha Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Wisconsin­Madison, April 2004.

Anthology Film Archive Award for Film Preservation, March 2006.

Award for Excellence in Asian Film Scholarship, Hong Kong Film Festival/Asian Film Forum, 20 March 2007.

Hood Fellowship, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 3 May–31 May 2007.

Kluge Chair in Modern Culture, Library of Congress, Spring 2017.



Filmguide to La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1973.

Film Art: An Introduction. Textbook written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1979. 2nd ed., New York: Knopf, 1985. 3rd ed.–12th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 1990–2019. Late editions coauthored with Jeff Smith. Voted one of top five books on cinema published since 1980, British Film Institute poll, 2001. Translations: Czech (Akademie músickych umeni v Praze (2012); Chinese (unauthorized: Taipei: Yuan Liou, 1992; Shanghai: Wen Yi Chubanshe, 1992; authorized: Taiwan: McGraw-Hill International Ltd., 1996; new ed. 2002; 3rd ed. 2008); Korean (Seoul: Irongua Shilchon, 1994); Spanish (Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós Ibérica, 1995; 2nd ed. 2007; Mexico City: McGraw-Hill, 2002): Hungarian (Budapest: Hungarian Film Institute, 1997); French (Brussels: De Boeck, 1999); Polish, Wydawnictwo Wojciech Marzec (2010); Portuguese (Brazil Unicamp, 2014); Persian (unauthorized: Tehran: Markaz, 2000); Turkish (De Ki Basım Yayım, 2012). Translations in progress: Italian (Rome: McGraw-Hill, Italy); Korean, new ed. (Singapore: McGraw-Hill International Ltd.); Slovenian (Ljubljana: Slovenska Kinoteka); Greek (Athens: National Bank Cultural Foundation); Turkish (Istanbul: Çitlembik Yayıncılık).

French Impressionist Cinema: Film Culture, Film Theory, Film Style. New York: Arno Press, 1980. Reprinting of Ph.D. dissertation.

The Films of Carl-Theodor Dreyer. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.

The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960. Written in collaboration with Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul; New York: Columbia University Press, 1985. Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1985. Translations: Spanish (Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós Ibérica, 1997); Korean in progress (Seoul: Sodo).

Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press; London: Methuen, 1985. Translations: Spanish (Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós Ibérica, 1996); Hungarian (Budapest: Hungarian Film Institute, 1996); Chinese (Taipei: Yuan Liou, 1999); Persian (unauthorized; Tehran: Farabi Cinema Institute, 1998); Korean in progress (Seoul: Vision and Language).

Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema. London: British Film Institute; Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988. Reprint edition, with minor emendations: Princeton University Press, 1994. Named as one of four finalists in the 1989 Jay Leyda Prize competition conducted by Anthology Film Archives. Translation: Japanese (Tokyo: Seido, 1992).

Making Meaning: Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989. Translations: Chinese (Taipei: Yuan-Liou, 1995); Spanish (Barcelona: Paidós Ibérica, 1995); Chinese (Peking University, 2015).

The Cinema of Eisenstein. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993. Winner of 1993 Theatre Library Association Award for the outstanding book in film, broadcasting, or recorded performance. Translations: Chinese (Taipei: Yuan-Liou, 1995); Spanish (Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós Ibérica, 1999).

Film History: An Introduction. Textbook written with Kristin Thompson (first-named author). New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994. 1st ed.–4th edition, New York: McGraw Hill, 1994–2021. 4th ed. coauthored with Jeff Smith. Translations: Italian (Milan: Castoro, 1998); Chinese (Taiwan: McGraw-Hill International Ltd., 1999); Korean (Seoul: Vision and Language, 2000); Hungarian (2007); Czech (2008); Persian (unauthorized: Tehran: Markaz); Polish, Wydawnictwo Wojciech Marzec (2010); Chinese, Peking University Press (2014).

Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies. Anthology, co-edited with Noël Carroll. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996. Translation: Chinese (Beijing: Social Sciences Press, 2000).

On the History of Film Style. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. 2nd ed. Madison: Irvington Way Institute Press, 2018. Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1998. Translations: Korean (Seoul: Hanul, 2002); Croatian [read the preface] (O povijesti filmskoga stila. Zagreb: Croatian Film Clubs Association, 2005). In progress: Japanese (Kanae Shobo, 2004); Portuguese, 2nd ed. (Unicamp, 2021).

Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000. 2d ed. Madison: Irvington Way Institute Press, 2011. Translations: long-form Chinese (Hong Kong: Arts Council/ Film Critics Society, 2001); simplified Chinese (Beijing: Hainan, 2003).

Visual Style in the Cinema: Vier Kapitel Filmgeschichte. Munich: Verlag der Autoren, 2001.

Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Translation: Portuguese (Sao Paolo: Papirus, 2008).

The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. Translation: Chinese (Beijing World, 2018).

Poetics of Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2007. Translation: Chinese (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2013).

Pandora’s Digital Box: Films, Files, and the Future of Movies. Madison: Irvington Way Institute Press, 2012.

Christopher Nolan: A Labyrinth of Linkages. Coauthored with Kristin Thompson. Madison: Irvington Way Institute Press, 2013. 2nd ed., 2019.

The Rhapsodes: How 1940s Film Critics Changed American Film Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.


“Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious.” Film Heritage 4, 3 (Spring 1969): 6–10.

The Circus.” Film Comment 6, 3 (Fall  1970), 40–41.

“François Truffaut: A Man Can Serve Two Masters.” Film Comment 7, 1 (Spring 1971): 18–23.

Citizen Kane.” Film Comment 7, 2 (Summer 1971): 38–47. Reprinted with 1975 addendum in Movies and Methods, ed. Bill Nichols, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976), pp. 273–290. Translated into Chinese in The Shooting Script of “Citizen Kane” by Herman Mankeiwicz and Orson Welles (Beijing, 1985), pp. 114–144.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” Film Comment 7, 3 (Fall 1971): 18–20.

“Dziga Vertov: An Introduction.” Film Comment 8, 1 (Spring  1972): 38–42.

“The Idea of Montage in Soviet Art and Film.” Cinema Journal 11, 2 (Spring 1972): 9–17.

“Passion, Death, and Testament: Dreyer’s Jesus of Nazareth.” Film Comment 8, 2 (Summer 1972): 59–63.

“Eisenstein’s Epistemological Shift.” Screen 15, 4 (Winter 1974–75): 29–46.

“Eisenstein’s Epistemology: A Response.” Screen 16, 1 (Spring 1975): 142–143.

“The Study of Film.” Allen, Willmington, and Sprague, eds., Speech Education in the Secondary School (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1976), pp. 111–130.

“Film Aesthetics and the College Textbook.” Quarterly Review of Film Studies 1, 1 (1976): 79–87.

“Space and Narrative in the Films of Ozu.” Written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson. Screen 17, 2 (Summer 1976): 41–73. Translated into Japanese in Eureka 13, 6 (1981): 140–153.

“Imploded Space: Film Style in The Passion of Jeanne d’Arc.” Purdue Film Studies 1 (1976): 99–105.

“Problems of Camera Movement.” Cine-Tracts no. 2 (1977): 19–26. Translated as “Kamera-Bewegung und filmischer Raum,” in Der Schnitt no. 8 (1997): 6–8.

“Camera Movement, the Coming of Sound, and the Classical Hollywood Style.” Ben Lawton and Janet Staiger, eds., Film: Historical-Theoretical Speculations (Pleasantville, NY: Redgrave, 1977), pp. 27–31. Reprinted in The Hollywood Film Industry, ed. Paul Kerr (London: Routledge, 1984), pp. 148–153.

“Our Dream-Cinema: Western Historiography of the Japanese Film.” Film Reader 4 (1979): 45–62. Translated with a 1980 addendum in Mizoguchi Kenji (Venice: Biennale, 1980), pp. 11–26.

“Criticism, Theory, and the Particular.” Film Criticism 4, 1 (Fall 1979): 1–8. Preface to special issue which I edited.

“The Art Cinema as a Mode of Film Practice.” Film Criticism 4, 1 (Fall 1979): 56–64. Reprinted in Catherine Fowler, ed., The European Cinema Reader (New York: Routledge, 2002), pp. 94–102.

To the Distant Observer.” Review of Noel Burch’s book. Wide Angle 3, 4 (1980): 70–73. Another version of this review appears as “Een Spiegel” in the Dutch journal Skrien no. 89 (September 1979): 16–21.

“The Musical Metaphor.” Yale French Studies no. 60 (1980): 141–156.

“Introduction to Film, Approach II.” American Film Institute Newsletter 5, 4 (March–April 1982): 4–7, 9. Reprinted in University Film and Video Association Monographs no. 5: College Course Files, ed. Patricia Erens, (River Forest, IL: University Film and Video Association, 1986), pp. 6–10.

“Textual Analysis, Etc.” Enclitic 5, 2/6, 1 (Fall 1981/Spring 1982): 125–136.

“Neoformalist Criticism: A Reply.” Written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson. Journal of the University Film Association 34, 1 (Winter 1982): 65–68.

“Happily Ever After, Part Two.” The Velvet Light Trap no. 19 (1982): 2–7.

“Dreyer: Discoveries and Rediscoveries.” Scandinavian Review 70, 3 (June 1982): 60–70.

“Ozu Stories.” University Art Museum Calendar (Berkeley; March  1983): 1 –2.

“Lowering the Stakes: Prospects for a Historical Poetics of Cinema.” Iris 1, 1 (1983): 5–18. Translated in World Cinema [Beijing] 2 (1988): 44–53.

“Linearity, Materialism, and the Study of the Early American Cinema.” Written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson. Wide Angle 5, 3 (Spring 1983): 4–15. Translated into Italian in Segno Cinema 13 (May  1984): 10–16.

“Textual Analysis Revisited.” Enclitic 7, 1 (Spring 1983): 92–95.

“From Sennett to Stevens: An Interview with William Hornbeck.” Written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson. The Velvet Light Trap no. 20 (Summer 1983): 34–40. Reprinted in American Cinemeditor vol. 33, no. 4/ vol. 34, no. 1 (Winter 1983/ Spring 1984): 11–13, 20–23.

“Mizoguchi and the Evolution of Film Language.” In Stephen Heath and Patricia Mellencamp, eds., Cinema and Language (Los Angeles: American Film Institute, 1983), pp. 107–117. Reprinted in Mizoguchi the Master, ed. Gerald O’Grady (Cinémathèque Ontario/ Japan Foundation, 1997), pp. 21–23.

“Narration and Scenography in the Later Eisenstein.” Millennium Film Journal no. 13 (Fall/Winter 1983–1984): 62–80.

“Jump Cuts and Blind Spots.” Wide Angle 6, 1 (1984): 4–11. Translated into French in La Revue belge du cinéma no. 16 (Summer 1986): 85–90. Reprinted in La Revue belge du cinéma no. 22/23 (1988) (expanded edition of no. 16).

“Mise-en-Scène Criticism and Widescreen Aesthetics.” The Velvet Light Trap no. 21 (Summer 1985): 118–25.

Foreword to Edward Branigan, Point of View in the Cinema: A Theory of Subjectivity in Classical Film (New York: Mouton, 1984).

“Fundamental Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema.” Written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson. In Elisabeth Weis and John Belton, Film Sound: Theory and Practice (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985), pp. 181–199. Reprinted from Film Art: An Introduction (1979).

Encyclopedia entry on Yasujiro Ozu in The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, vol. II, Directors/Filmmakers, ed. Christopher Lyon (Chicago: St. James Press, 1984), pp. 397–398. Reprinted in Andrew Sarris, ed., The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia (Detroit: Visible Ink, 1998), pp. 368–369.

“Toward a Scientific Film History?” Written with Kristin Thompson. Quarterly Review of Film Studies 10, 3 (Summer 1985): 224–237. Review article.

“Classical Hollywood Narrative: Principles and Procedures.” In Narrative, Apparatus, Ideology: A Film Theory Reader, ed. Philip Rosen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986), pp. 17–34. Translated into Danish in Tryllelygten no. 2 (1995): 57–78; translation forthcoming in Portuguese in anthology Teoria Contemporãnea do Cinema (Sao Paolo: Senac).

“The Avant-Garde.” The Wilson Quarterly 10, 3 (Summer 1986): 70–75. Reprinted in Philip S. Cook, Douglas Gomery, and Lawrence W. Lichty, eds. American Media: The Wilson Quarterly Reader. Washington, DC: The Woodrow Wilson Center, 1989, pp. 125–131.

“A Salt and Battery.” Written with Kristin Thompson. Film Quarterly 40, 2 (Winter 1986–87): 59–62.

“Salt II.” Written with Kristin Thompson. Film Quarterly 40, 4 (Summer 1987): 61–63.

“Autorità narrativa e spazio cinematografico nel film di Dreyer.” In Il cinema di Dreyer, ed. Andrea Martini (Venice: Marsilio, 1987), pp. 63–71.

“Historical Implications of the Classical Hollywood Cinema.” World Cinema (Beijing) no. 3 (1987): 72–89. Translation into Chinese of a portion of a chapter from The Classical Hollywood Cinema.

“Glamor, Glimmer, and Uniqueness in Hollywood Portraiture.” Hollywood Glamour 1924–1956: Selected Portraits from the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Madison: Elvehjem Museum exhibit catalogue, 29 August–25 October 1987.

“Ozu Revisited.” Program notes for National Film Theatre season on Yasujiro Ozu. NFT (May 1988): 26–28.

“ApProppriations and ImPropprieties: Problems in the Morphology of Film Narrative.” Cinema Journal 27, 3 (Spring 1988): 5–20.

“Hommage aan Jacques Ledoux.” Andere Sinema (Brussels) no. 87 (September–October 1988): 29.

“Adventures in the Highlands of Theory.” Screen 29, 1 (Winter 1988): 72–97.

“To the Disengaged Observer: A Reply to Peter Lehman.” Written with Kristin Thompson. Journal of Film and Video 40, 1 (Winter 1988): 63–66.

“Cinematography.” The International Encyclopedia of Communications, vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), pp. 279–283.

“Historical Poetics of Cinema.” In The Cinematic Text: Methods and Approaches, ed. R. Barton Palmer (New York: AMS Press, 1989), pp. 369–398.

“Jacques Ledoux: 1921–88.” Written with Kristin Thompson. Cinema Journal 28, 3 (Spring 1989): 4–7.

“A Case for Cognitivism.” Iris no. 9 (Spring 1989): 11–40. Translated into Hungarian in Metropolis 2,4–3,1 (1999): 4–33; into Polish in Kognitywna teoria filmu, ed. Jacka Ostaszewskiego (Krakow, 1999), pp. 31–64; into Serbo-Croatian in Ljetopis no. 19–20 (1999): 7–20.

“A Case for Cognitivism: Further Reflections.” Iris no. 11 (Summer 1990): 107–112.

Book review of Donald Richie, Japanese Cinema (Oxford University Press, 1990) in Asian Cinema 5, 2 (1990): 14–16.

“Normas históricas y narraciòn hollywoodiense.” Archivos de la filmoteca 11, 10 (1991): 66–75.

“La stilistica della scenografia nel tardo Ejzenstejn.” In Sergej Ejzenstejn: Oltre il cinema, ed. Pietro Montani (Venice: La Biennale di Venezia/ Edizioni Biblioteca dell’Immagine), 1991, pp. 138–145.

“A Cinema of Flourishes: Japanese Decorative Classicism of the Prewar Era.” In Reframing Japanese Cinema, ed. David Desser and Arthur Noletti (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992), pp. 327–345.

Foreword to Douglas Gomery, Shared Pleasures: A History of Movie Presentation in the United States (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992), pp. ix–xiv.

“Robert Altman: An American Maverick.” Brief notes for brochure for Altman retrospective and MacArthur Filmmaker’s Dialogue (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1992), 2pp.

“Cognition and Comprehension: Viewing and Forgetting in Mildred Pierce.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism VI, 2 (Spring 1992): 183–198. Translated into German in Montage/ av: Zeitschrift für Theorie & Geschichte audiovisueller Kommunikation 1, 1 (1992): 5–24.

“Film Scholars and Film Archives.” Bulletin de la Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film no. 45 (October 1992): 38–43. Invited essay coauthored with Kristin Thompson (principal author).

“Technological Change and Classical Film Style in the 1930s.” Written with Kristin Thompson. In Tino Balio, Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930–1939, vol. 5 in The History of the American Cinema. New York: Scribners, 1993, pp. 109–141.

“Film Interpretation Revisited.” Film Criticism 17, 2–3 (Winter/Spring 1993): 93–119.

Five film notes on Ai no machi, Umarete wa mita keredo, Degigokoro, Ukigusa monogatari, and Seishun no yume imaizuko. In Les Cahiers du muet no. 1 (1993). Unpaginated portfolio published by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

Excerpts from Making Meaning and “Textual Analysis, Etc.” Translated in Interpretacja dziela filmowego, ed. Wieslawa Godzica, ed. (Cracow: Jagiellonian University Press, 1993), pp. 13–32.

“Kino-Fist: The Cinema of Sergei Eisenstein.” Cinémathèque Ontario Winter Film Programme Guide (March 1994), p. 28. Brief introduction to film series.

“The Power of a Research Tradition: Prospects for Progress in the Study of Film Style.” Film History 5, 4 (1994): 59–79.

“Toto le Moderne: Narration dans le cinéma européen d’après 1970.” La Revue belge du cinéma no. 36–37 (April 1994): 33–39.

“Deep-Focus Cinematography.” In The Studio System, ed. Janet Staiger (Rutgers University Press), pp. 93–124. Reprint of chapter from Bordwell, Staiger, and Thompson, The Classical Hollywood Cinema (Columbia University Press, 1985).

Du Skal Aere Din Hustru,” Cahiers du Muet no. 16; “Michael,” Cahiers du Muet no. 22 (both November 1994). Brief film notes for la Cinémathèque Royale of Brussels.

“Visual Style in Japanese Cinema, 1925–1945.” Film History 7, 1 (Spring 1995): 5–31.

Citizen Kane und die Künstlichkeit des classischen Studio-Systems.” In Der schöne Schein der Künstlichkeit, ed. Andreas Rost. Frankfurt: Verlag der Autoren, 1995, pp. 117–149.

Die Hard und die Rückkehr des klassischen Hollywood-Kinos.” In Der schöne Schein der Künstlichkeit, ed. Andreas Rost. Frankfurt: Verlag der Autoren, 1995, pp. 151–201.

“Neostruktrualistisk narratologi och filmiska berättarfunktioner.” Aura: Filmvetenskaplig tidskrift 1, 1 (1995): 47–57. In Swedish.

“Contemporary Film Studies and the Vicissitudes of Grand Theory.” Introduction to Post-Theory, pp. 1–36. Translated into Italian in Bianco e nero 58, 1–2 (1997): 20–67; into Portuguese in Teoria Contemporanea do Cinema, vol. 1: Pos-estrutralismo e filosofia analitica, ed. Fernao Pessoa Ramos (Sao Paolo: Senac, 2005), 25–70.; into Japanese for the journal FB no. 14 (2000).

“Convention, Construction, and Cinematic Vision.” Essay for Post-Theory, pp. 87–107. Translated into Polish in Kognitywana teoria filmu, ed. Jacka Ostaszewskiego (Kracow, 1999), pp. 65–88.

Foreword to Noël Carroll, Theorizing the Moving Image (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. ix–xii.

“La Nouvelle Mission de Feuillade; or, What Was Mise-en-Scène?” The Velvet Light Trap no. 37 (Spring 1996): 10–29.

“Senza Inibizioni: Introduzione al cinema di Hong Kong.” Segno cinema no. 80 (July/ August 1996), pp. 12–14. Journalistic essay.

“Sergei Eisenstein,” “Jacques Tati,” and “Yasujiro Ozu.” Entries for The Oxford History of World Cinema, ed. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 168–169, 351, and 420–421.

“Aesthetics in Action: Kung Fu, Gunplay, and Cinematic Expressivity.” In Fifty Years of Electric Shadows, ed. Law Kar (Hong Kong: Urban Council/ Hong Kong International Film Festival, 1997), pp. 81–89. Reprinted in At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World, ed. Esther C. M. Yau (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001), pp. 73–93.

“Hong Kong Cinema.” Brief introduction to Hong Kong brochure, Royal Film Archive of Belgium, on occasion of “Made in Hong Kong” retrospective, 4–30 June 1997; English, French, and Flemish versions, 4 pp. each.

Review of Robert Ray, The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy, Film Quarterly 50, 4 (Summer 1997): 42–44.

“Modernism, Minimalism, Melancholy: Angelopoulos and Visual Style.” The Last Modernist: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos, ed. Andrew Horton (New York: Praeger, 1997), pp. 11–26.

“From Flamboyance to Monumentality: Thoughts on the Jidai-geki.” What Is Jidai-Geki?: A New Film Study, ed. Tsutsui Kyotada and Kato Mikiro (Tokyo: Jimbun Shoin, 1997), pp. 141–161. In Japanese.

“Modelle der Rauminszenierung im zeitgenössishen europäischen Kino.” Zeit, Schnitt, Raum, ed. Andreas Rost (Munich: Verlag der Autoren, 1997), pp. 17–42.

“Richness through Imperfection: King Hu and the Glimpse.” In Transcending the Times: King Hu and Eileen Chan, ed. Law Kar (Hong Kong: Urban Council/ Hong Kong International Film Festival, 1998), pp. 19–24. Reprinted with revisions in The Cinema of Hong Kong: History, Arts, Identity, ed. David Desser and Poshek Fu (Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 113–136.

“Postmoderne und Filmkritik: Bemekungen zu einigen endemischen Schiewigkeiten.” In Die Filmgespenster der Postmoderne, eds. Andreas Rost and Mike Sandbothe, (Munich: Verlag der Autoren, 1998), pp. 29–39.

“Film Theory.” Entry for The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics ed. Michael Kelly (New York: Oxford University Press), vol. 2, pp. 197–201.

Preface to Miles Wood, Cine East: Hong Kong Cinema through the Looking Glass (Surrey: FAB Press, 1998), 3 ms. pp.

Preface to the Italian edition of Film History: An Introduction (Milan: Castoro, 1998).

“Style in Cinema.” Style 32, 3 (Fall 1998): 381–384. Preface to special issue which I edited.

“Sound of Silents.” Artforum International (April 2000): 123. Brief essay for an homage to Robert Bresson.

“Taking Things to Extremes: Hallucinations Courtesy of Robert Reinert.” Aura (Stockholm) VI, 2 (2000): 4–19.

“Hong Kong Martial Arts Cinema.” In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of the Ang Lee Film. New York: Newmarket Press, 2000, pp. 14–21.

“Sarris and the Search for Style.” In Citizen Sarris, American Film Critic: Essays in Honor of Andrew Sarris, ed. Emmanuel Levy. (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2001), pp. 165–173.

“Transcultural Spaces: Toward a Poetics of Chinese Film.” Post Script 20, 2 (2001): 9–25; Chinese translation in Film Appreciation Journal no.104 (Taipei, 2001): 15–25. Reprinted in Chinese-Language Film: Historiography, Poetics, Politics, ed. Sheldon Lu, Emily Yeh, and Gerald Duchovnay (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming).

Foreword to The Danish Directors: Dialogues on a Contemporary National Cinema, ed. Mette Hjort and Ib Bondebjerg. Bristol: Intellect Press, 2001, pp. 6–7.

Introduction, Hong Kong Film Festival/ Brussels 2001, program book (Brussels: Royal Film Archive of Belgium/ Hong Kong Overseas Trade Office, May 2001), p. 6. “Ideal Positionality: Shot/Reverse Shot.” Portion of chapter of Narration in the Fiction Film (1985) translated into Serbian in Ljet Opis (Zagreb) no. 25 (2001): 17–19.

Encyclopedia entries on Walt Disney and D. W. Griffith. The Oxford Companion to United States History, ed. Paul Boyer (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp. 189–190, 322.

“The Silent Cinema.” Introduction and fifteen short essays. In Film: The Critics’ Choice, ed. Geoff Andrew. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2001, pp. 20–51.

“Eisenstein, Socialist Realism, and the Charms of Misantsena.” In Eisenstein at 100: A Reconsideration, ed. Al LaValley and Barry P. Scherr (Rutgers:Rutgers University Press, 2001), pp. 13–37.

Audio commentary for Criterion DVD release of Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky (2001).

“Film Futures.” Substance no. 97 (2002): 88–104.

“Intensified Continuity: Visual Style in Contemporary American Film.” Film Quarterly 55, 3 (Spring 2002): 16–28.

“The Swordsman and His Jiang Hu: Thoughts on the World of Tsui Hark.” Hong Kong Film Archive Bulletin no. 20 (May 2002): 6–7. Book review.

His Girl Friday.” In Moderne Film Theorie, ed. Jurgen Felix (Mainz: Bender, 2002), pp. 217–221.

“Who Blinked First? How Film Style Streamlines Nonverbal Interaction.” In Style and Story: Essays in Honor of Torben Grodal, ed. Lennard Hojbjerg and Peter Schepelern (Copenhagen: Museum Tusulanum Press, 2003), pp. 45–57.

“How to Watch a Martial Arts Movie.” Heroic Grace: The Chinese Martial Arts Film, ed. David Chute (Los Angeles: UCLA Film Archive, 2003), pp. 9–12.

“Louder than Words: The Films of Johnnie To.” Artforum International (May 2003): 154–157.

“A Modest Extravagance: Four Looks at Ozu.” In Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary (Hong Kong: Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2003): 16–17.

“True to Form: Ozu Late and Early.” Artforum International (October 2003): 151–155.

“Authorship and Narration in Art Cinema.” Reprinted excerpt from chapter of Narration in the Fiction Film (1985). In Film Authorship, ed. Virginia Wright Wexman (Rutgers: Rutgers University Press, 2003), 42–49.

Liner essay for Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, Criterion Collection DVD, 2003.

“Schema and Revison: Staging and Composition in Early CinemaScope.” Le CinémaScope Entre art et industrie ed. Jean-Jacques Meusy (Paris: AFRHC, 2004), pp. 217–232.

A Strong Sense of Narrative Desire: A Decade of Danish Cinema.” Film (Copenhagen), no. 34 (Spring 2004): 24–27.

“Nah dran und unpersönlich: Hal Hartley und die Beharrlichkeit der Tradition.” In Die Spur durch den Spiegel: Der Film in der Kultur der Moderne, ed. Malte Hagener, Johann Schmidt, and Michael Wedel (Berlin: Bertz Verlag, 2004), pp. 410–421.
[The English translation appears on the Danish film studies website 16:9.]

Liner essay for Yasujiro Ozu’s Early Summer, Criterion Collection DVD, 2004.

“A Monumental Heroics: Form and Style in Eisenstein’s Silent Films.” Excerpts from chapter of The Cinema of Eisenstein (1993). In The Silent Cinema Reader, ed. Lee Grieveson and Peter Krämer (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. 368–388.

Foreword to Moving Image Theory: Ecological Considerations, ed. Joseph D. Anderson and Barbara Fisher Anderson. Carbondale: University of Southern Illinois Press, 2004.

“Film Theory as Empirical Inquiry” and “Interview with World Cinema.” New Trends in Contemporary Film Theory (in Chinese), ed. Chen Xihe (Beijing: Culture and Art Publishing House, 2005), 15–24; 351–358.

“Three Nights in 1995,” Filming HowWhy, special issue of City Magazine (Hong Kong) (April 2006), 24–25.

“Movies from the Milkyway.” In Milkyway Image, Beyond Imagination: Wai Ka-fai and Johnnie To Creative Team, 1996–2006 (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Co., 2006), ed. Lawrence Pun, 16–25.

“Against Insight,” Cinema Scope no. 26 (Spring 2006), 80.

“Response to Oksana Bulgakowa,” Monatschefte 98, 2 (Spring 2006), 240–243.

“The Little Cinema that Could: Hong Kong Cinema on World Screens.” Made in Hong Kong (Washington: Freer Gallery of Art/Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, 2006), 11–15.

Foreword to Roger Ebert, Awake in the Dark: Forty Years of Reviews, Essays, and Interviews (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), xiii–xviii.

Risk and Renewal in Danish Cinema.” Film (Copenhagen), no. 55 (February 2007), 16–19.

Unfreeing the Camera.” Film (Copenhagen), no. 57 (May 2007), 22–26.

The Mad Detective: Doubling Down.” Liner note essay for Masters of Cinema DVD release of The Mad Detective (2008).

Audio commentary for Criterion DVD release of Ozu’s Autumn Afternoon, 2008.

“Cognitive Theory” and “Sergei Eisenstein” entries in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, ed. Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga (New York: Routledge, 2009), 356–367 and 378–386.

Foreword, Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

“The Dreyer Generation.” Carl Theodor Dreyer, 11 June 2010, at carlthdreyer.dk/en/carlthdreyer/about-dreyer/film-style/dreyer-generation.

Foreword, Roger Ebert, The Great Movies III. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2011. Available at press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/182087.html.

“Wes Anderson Takes the 4:3 Challenge,” in The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, ed. Matt Zoller Seitz (New York: Abrams, 2015), 235–249.

“Watch Again! Look Well! Look!” in Reorienting Ozu: A Master and His Influence, ed. Jinhee Choi (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 21–32.

“Nordisk Goes Big in the Year of the Comet.” Danish Silent Film, 22 April 2021, at stumfilm.dk/en/stumfilm/themes/making-it-monumental.

“Reinventing The Classical Hollywood Cinema, Over and Over,” in Resetting the Scene: Classical Hollywood Revisited, ed. Philippa Gates and Katherine Spring (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2021), 19–35.


Fourteen entries in streaming series for the Criterion Channel, Observations on Film Art, 2018–present.


Karel Dibbets. “De Revisie van de filmgeschiedenis: Een vraaggesprek met David Bordwell en Kristin Thompson.” Skrien no. 134 (February–March 1984): 41–43. Published in Dutch.

“Problems of Contemporary Film Theory.” Two one-hour radio interviews with Dirk Lauwaert, broadcast over Brussels Flemish station, 1985.

“Ozu Revisited.” Invited lecture and discussion with John Gillett on occasion of National Film Theatre Ozu season, 9 May 1988.

“David Bordwell on Film Narrative.” 2-hour videotaped interview with Philip Drummond at the University of London Institute of Education, 11 May 1988.

“Chinese Movies Attract US Film Professors.” China Daily (13 July 1988): 15.

Radio interviews in connection with MacArthur Filmmaker’s Dialogue with Robert Altman: Minnesota Public Radio (7 April 1992); KUOM (15 April 1992); WCCO (25 April 1992).

Interview on contemporary non-Hollywood cinema, “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” WERN/ CPB, broadcast 28 March 1993.

“Suuret teroriat, elokuvakulttuurija neoformalismin haaste: Matti Lukkarila haastattelee David Bordwellia.” Lähikuva no. 1, (1993): 37–45. In Finnish.

“The Hollywood Style,” in an episode of “American Cinema,” PBS series underwritten by NEH and Annenberg School of Communications, telecast 23 January 1995.

Interview on the influence of Hong Kong cinema on Hollywood, “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” WERN/ CPB, taped 14 March 1996.

Interview on Hong Kong cinema, “Hong Kong Today,” Radio-Television Hong Kong radio program, broadcast live 2 April 1997.

Interviews on Hong Kong cinema associated with “Made in Hong Kong” series at Royal Film Archive of Belgium, June 1997: Canal Plus, 30 May 1997; Flemish Radio-TV, 4 April 1997; De Morgen (pub. 6 June 1997) and Le People (pub. 30 June).

Interview on university film studies with Danmarks Radio, Copenhagen, 14 November 1997.

“Hollywood ist eine Insel geworden: David Bordwell sprach Andreas Furler.” Tages-Anzeiger (30 January 1998) (Zurich).

Andreas Furler. “Die Letzte grosse Zeit des amerikanischen Kinos: Interview mit dem americakanischen Filmprofessor David Bordwell.” Zoom: Zeitschrift für Film (February 1998): 12–19 (Zurich). Longer version of previous entry.

Interview about Madison film culture on WORT radio show “Technê,” 16 December 1998.

“King Hongkong [!],” Südeutsche Zeitung (2/3 June 1999): 18; radio interviews for Bavarian Radio (1 June 1999), University of Munich student radio station (2 June 1999), German Radio (5 June 1999) all in connection with Munich lecture series.

Interview on university film studies for China Times (pub. 25 November 1999). In Chinese.

Interviewed on Planet Hong Kong for broadcast on RAI television (16 October 2000).

“David Bordwell: ‘La Sfida Viene Dall’est.’ ” Il Gazettino (18 October 2000).

“Facets of Hong Kong Cinema: Tokyo Pop Gets a Few Auspicious Minutes with Scholar David Bordwell.” Tokyo Pop 4, 3 (2000): 43–44.

Consultant and interviewee for “Wired,” Cinema Secrets episode devoted to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, American Movie Classics, aired summer 2001.

Interviewed on Hong Kong cinema for Canadian Broadcast Company (26 November 2001); for Oriental Daily (27 November 2001).

Adriana Mora. “Entrevista con David Bordwell.” Kinetoscopio (Colombia) no. 58 (2001): 4–5.

“Das Kino als Synthese aller Kunste: Filmgeshichte und Filmtheorie auf neuen Wegen: David Bordwell im Gesprach mit Marli Feldvoss.” Film (March 2002): 26–31.

“Det Enkles Kunst.” Film (Denmark) no. 21 (March–April 2002): 10–11.

“An American Film Scholar Visits Korea: Good Morning, Korean Cinema.” Film 2. 0 [Korean] no. 101 (19–26 November 2002): 64–65.

“American Film Scholar David Bordwell: Korean Films Catch both Audience and Festival Attention.” Cine 21 [Korean] no.378 (19–26 November 2002): 78–80.

“Curiosity is the Only Measure of Sincerity.” Cine 21 [Korean] no. 381 (10–17 December 2002): 82–86. Conversation with Korean director Hong Sang-soo.

Interviewed on Yasujiro Ozu’s films for Canadian Broadcast Company (29 January 29, 2004).

Nine interviews with local press, radio, and television at Helsinki International Film Festival (15–20 September 2004).

“Forhekset av film: Et intervju med David Bordwell.” Z Filmtidsskrift [Finnish] no. 90 (2005): 3–17.

Chuck Stephens. “School’s Out? Never! David Bordwell Keeps Working the Room.” Cinema Scope no. 26 (Spring 2006), 26–31. Available at www.cinema‑scope.com.


“Film: Time in Motion.” Weekly public lecture series at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 5 January–2 March 1981, as a part of the Center’s “Meanings of Modernism” program. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Film Interpretation: Theory and Practice.” Four three-hour lectures for the China Film Association summer seminar, Beijing, 22–30 June 1988.

“Style and Story Structure in Hollywood Cinema.” Three three-hour lectures for the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, Brussels, 23–27 November 1992. Funded by the MEDIA program of the European Community and cosponsored with the Université de Liège and the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

“Stylistics of the Cinema.” Gauss Seminars in Criticism, Princeton University; 1, 15, and 22 April 1993.

“Narrative Theory and Cinema.” Four 90-minute lectures at the Hungarian Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest; 18–21 October 1993.

“Historical Poetics of Cinema.” Four two-hour lectures sponsored by the Finnish Society for Cinema Studies and the Finnish Radio and Television Institute, Helsinki; 2–3 October 1994.

“Visual Style in Cinema.” Four two-hour lectures sponsored by the University of Munich Department of Art History, with the support of the Munich Cultural Agency, Arri Film, and Prokino Film; 1–2 June, 8–9 June 1999. “The Evolution of Film Style.” Four 90-minute lectures sponsored by the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, the Royal Cinémathèque, and the Service de Culture Cinématographique, 12–13 May 2000.

“From Kurosawa to Kung Fu (and Beyond).” Seven three-hour lectures. Summer Film College, sponsored by the Royal Film Archive of Belgium. Bruges, Belgium, 23–29 July 2001.

“Lectures in Film.” Five two-hour lectures. Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 20 November–27 November 2001. Sponsored by the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund.

“Visual Style in Taiwanese Cinema.” Five nightly lectures at Kino Artemis, Forum der Technik, Munich, 23–28 June 2003.

“Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s.” Five three-hour lectures. Summer Film College, sponsored by the Royal Film Archive of Belgium. Bruges, Belgium, 21–27 July 2003.

“Hollywood Cinema from the Origins to the Present.” Four six-hour lecture sessions. International Film School, Cologne, 18–21 October 2004.

“Cinematic Staging.” Seven lectures. Summer Film College, sponsored by the Royal Film Archive of Belgium. Bruges, Belgium, 25–31 July 2005.

“Dark Passages: Storytelling Strategies in 1940s Hollywood.” Summer Film College, Antwerp, July 2011.

“Ozu Yasujiro.” Summer Film College, Antwerp, July 2013.

“Late Godard.” Summer Film College, Antwerp, July 2015.

“Best of Bordwell.” Summer Film College, Antwerp, July 2018.



“Eisenstein’s Cinema: A Symposium with David Bordwell.” Panel discussion, Innis College, University of Toronto, 11 March 1994.

“From Hollywood to Hong Kong: International Film Culture and Historical Poetics: A One-Day Symposium on the Work of David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson,” sponsored by the Film Studies program and the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, 28 June 1999. Here I read the paper “Hong Kong Cinema and the Aesthetics of Action” and participated in a roundtable discussion of our work.


“Truffaut’s L’Enfant Sauvage.” Invited lecture, Drake University, April 1974.

“The Classical Hollywood Cinema: An Analytical Approach.” Paper for Milwaukee Conference on Film Theory and Criticism, February 1976.

“Imploded Space: Film Style in La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.” Paper for Purdue Film Conference, Spring 1976.

“Problems of Camera Movement.” Paper for Milwaukee Conference on Film and Performance, February 1977.

“Camera Movement and Early Ozu.” Invited lecture, University of Iowa, Spring 1977.

“Camera Movement and the Position of the Subject.” Paper for the American Seminar in Film, “The Place of the Spectator.” Harvard University, Spring 1977.

“Film Form and Ideological Formations.” Panel designer and chair, Indiana Film Conference, Spring 1977.

“Camera Movement, the Coming of Sound, and the Classical Hollywood Style.” Paper, Purdue Film Conference, Spring 1977.

“Narrative and Style in the Hollywood Cinema.” Invited lecture, University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Spring 1977.

“Film and the Baroque: Lola Montès.” Invited lecture, University of Chicago Festival of the Baroque, November 1978.

“Mizoguchi and the Evolution of Film Language.” Paper for Conference on Language and Cinema at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, March 1979; also presented at Columbia University, October 1979.

“Early Ozu.” Invited lecture, Japan Society of New York, December 1979.

“Contemporary Film Theory.” Invited lecture, New York University Department of Cinema Studies, December 1979.

“Happily Ever After, Part Two.” Invited paper, Popular Culture panel, Convention of American Society for Aesthetics, Milwaukee, October 1980.

“From Boycott to Ban: America and the Japanese Film Industry. ”Paper for Athens (Ohio) Film Conference, April 1981.

“Mode of Production and Textual Analysis.” Paper for Enclitic Conference on Textual Analysis, Minneapolis, May 1981.

“The Art of Carl Dreyer.” Invited lecture, Chicago Art Institute, October 1981.

“Jump Cuts and Blind Spots.” Paper for Athens Conference on Film and Video, April 1982.

“Classical Hollywood Narrative: Principles and Procedures.” Paper, British Film Institute Day Conference, “The Hollywood Cinema,” October 1982.

“Eisenstein’s Scenography and Ivan the Terrible.” Invited paper, University of Kent, Canterbury, England, November 1982; Columbia University, December 1982; University of Iowa, June 1983.

“Early Ozu: Industry, Culture, Style.” Invited lecture, Japan Society of New York, December 1982; Pacific Film Archive, University of California at Berkeley, March 1983; University of Southern California, March 1983; Chicago Art Institute, July 1983; Film in the Cities, Minneapolis-St. Paul, January 1984.

“Ozu’s 1930s Films and Kinema Jumpo.” Invited lecture, Doc Films, University of Chicago, January 1983.

“Narration and the Invisible Observer.” Invited lecture, San Francisco State University, March 1983.

“Norm and Deviation in the Art Cinema.” Invited lecture, Columbia University, November 1983.

“Narration and Point of View in Film.” Invited lecture, Yale University, November 1983.

“Lubitsch in Hollywood: A Ludic Narration.” Invited paper, Conference on Silent Cinema 1916–1926, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, December 1983.

“Bertolucci and the Mechanics of Ambiguity.” Invited lecture, Rhode Island College, March 1984.

“ApProppriations and ImPropprieties: On the Misuse of Folkloristics.” Society for Cinema Studies Convention, March 1984.

“Art-Cinema Comprehension Strategies.” Athens International Conference on Film and Video, Athens, Ohio, April 1984.

“Japanese Cinema of the 1930s: Culture, Industry, Style.” Two-lecture series at the University of Iowa, July 1984.

“Word and Image in the Films of Dreyer.” Invited paper, International Conference on Carl Theodor Dreyer, Verona, Italy, November 1984.

“Seven Things Spectators Do.” Invited lecture, University of Amsterdam Institute of Theatre Studies, November 1984.

“Realism and Form in the History of Film Style.” Invited lecture, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Holland, November 1984.

“Mizoguchi and Legibility.” Invited lecture, weekend seminar on Kenji Mizoguchi sponsored by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, December 1984.

“Contemporary Film Theory in the United States.” Invited lecture, Brussels College of Fine Arts, December 1984.

“A Cinema of Flourishes: Japanese Film of the 1930s.” Society for Cinema Studies Conference, New York, June 1985.

“Codes and Norms in the Study of Cinema.” Invited lecture, Columbia Film Seminar held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 17 October 1985.

“Rewriting the Classical Cinema.” Invited colloquium at New York University, 18 October 1985.

“The Great Moment of Japanese Films.” Lecture in “Milestones in Human History,” series sponsored by Department of Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 24 October 1985.

“Kinoshita’s Army.” Introduction to film screening at the Mary Pickford Theatre, the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 22 November 1985.

“Conventions of Filmic Narration.” Invited lecture, Film Studies program at Miami University of Ohio, 20 January 1986.

“Two Strategies of Critical Interpretation.” Society of Cinema Studies convention, New Orleans, 5 April 1986.

“Cognitive Poetics of Cinema.” Two lectures at the Department of Cinema Studies, University of Southern California, 18–19 April 1986.

“Transtextuality and History: Godard and the Norms of Narration.” Invited paper, colloquium, “Jean-Luc Godard, le Cinéma,” Université de Liège, Belgium, 24–27 April 1986.

“The Classical Hollywood Cinema Revisited.” Invited presentation for Pordenone Silent Film Festival, October 1986.

“Cognitive Poetics, Pragmatics, and the Study of Classical Cinema.” Invited lecture, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, November 1986.

“Constraints and Constitutiveness: An Institutional Approach to Stylistic History.” Invited lecture, Wesleyan Humanities Center, February 1987.

“Film Style in Prewar Japan: Ozu and Film Theory.” Invited lecture, University of Iowa Communication Arts Department, 7 March 1987.

“The Man Who Left His Will on Film.” Invited lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 9 March 1987.

“Post World-War II Narrative Developments in Film: From Classicism to Modernism.” Invited lecture, Department of English at Western Illinois University, 10 April 1987.

“Japanese Cinema: The Works of Yasujiro Ozu.” Invited lecture, College of Letters and Sciences Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, 22 April 1987.

“The Rhetoric of Film Interpretation.” Society for Cinema Studies convention, Montreal, May 1987.

“Two Conceptions of Film Interpretation.” Invited lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, Film Program, June 1987.

“Toward a Historical Poetics of Interpretation.” Invited paper, Modern Language Association annual convention, 29 December 1987.

“Film Interpretation: Logic, Rhetoric, Institutional Practice.” Invited lecture, Indiana University Film Studies program, 27 January 1988.

“The Classic Style of the Hollywood Cinema.” Invited lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Communications Forum, 17 March 1988.

“Film Studies in the University: Unfinished Versions of a Success Story.” Keynote address for day conference, “Film Studies, Art History, and Artistic Practice,” held at National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 21–22 April 1988.

“Film Interpretation as Critical Practice.” Invited lecture, film studies departments of Strathclyde University and Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland, 6 May 1988; invited lecture for University of London Institute of Education, 11 May 1988.

“The Films of Yasujiro Ozu.” Invited lecture, Kent University, Canterbury, Department of Film Studies, 10 May 1988.

“An Institutional Approach to the History of Hollywood Film Style.” Invited lecture, University of Exeter film studies department, 12 May 1988.

“Film, Narrative, and the Cognitive Turn.” Invited paper, Conference on Cognitive Theory and the Humanities, Northeastern University, 20 May 1988.

“Trends in Contemporary American Cinema.” Informal lecture and discussion, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 29 June 1988.

“Schemes, Skills, and Strategies: Cognitive Models and Critical Reasoning.” Invited paper at symposium, “Cinema: Perception, Cognition, Narration,” University of Iowa Institute for Cinema and Culture, 2 December 1988.

“Issues and Problems in the Study of the Japanese Cinema.” Informal presentation at Japan Area Brown Bag, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 13 February 1989.

“Analysis, Interpretation, and the Poetics of the Hollywood Cinema.” Invited paper for symposium, “Film and Philosophy/ Philosophy and Film,” Hollins College, 18 February 1989.

“Personifying Narrative Agency: Narrators, Cameras, and Other Inferred Entities.” Conference on Narrative Theory and Poetics, University of Wisconsin–Madision, 6 March 1989.

“A Case for Cognitivism.” Society for Cinema Studies convention, University of Iowa, 15 March 1989.

“Ozu and Japanese Cinema.” Invited lecture, Summer Film College sponsored by the National Assocation for Film Culture, Neerpelt, Belgium, 18 August 1989.

“A Cinema of Flourishes: Japanese Decorative Classicism of the 1930s.” Invited lecture, symposium on Japanese film and television, New York University, 29 September 1989.

“Interpretation and Historical Analysis: The Case of Girl Shy.” Lecture, University of Michigan Program in Film & Video Studies, 18 January 1990.

“Understanding Film Narrative: A Cognitive Perspective.” Invited lecture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Radio-Television-Film, 19 February 1990.

“Toward a Cognitive Poetics of Cinema.” Invited lecture at Institute for Mass Communication, University of Bergen, Norway, 2 April 1990; Institute for Film, Television, and Mass Communication, University of Copenhagen, 3 April 1990; Department of Comparative Literature, University of Lund, Sweden, 6 April 1990.

“Mildred Pierce and Cognitive Poetics.” Invited lectures at Institute for Mass Communication, University of Bergen, Norway, 2 April 1990; Institute for Film, Television, and Mass Communication, University of Copenhagen, 4 April 1990.

“A Critique of Film Criticism.” Invited lecture at Department of Drama, Film, and Theatre, University of Trondheim, Norway, 5 April 1990.

“Film Masterworks: Play Time.” Introduction to and discussion after screening at the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, 5 May 1990.

“The Stylistics of Scenography in the Later Eisenstein.” Invited paper for international conference on Sergei Eisenstein, Venice Biennale, 25 October 1990.

“Eisenstein and Film Theory.” Invited lecture, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1 November 1990.

“The Limits of Realism in the 1930s Hollywood Cinema.” Invited paper for US-Soviet conference on American and Russian cinema of the 1930s sponsored by IREX, Washington, DC, 3–8 December 1990.

“A Cognitive Approach to Film Narrative.” Invited lecture for Annenberg School of Communication, 19 March 1991.

“The Stylistics of Eisenstein’s Late Films.” Invited lecture for Annenberg School of Communication, 21 March 1991.

“Perception, Comprehension, and Interpretation in Cinema.” Invited lecture, University of Iowa, 28 March 1991.

“Historical Norms and Hollywood Narration.” Invited paper and roundtable participation at international symposium, “Historia y Arqueologia del Cine,” Universidad Interacional Menendez Pelayo, Valencia, Spain, 19 June 1991.

“Early Ozu and His Context.” Invited lecture, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2 October 1991; invited lecture, University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature, 22 November 1995.

“Understanding Filmic Understanding.” Invited lecture, University of Amsterdam Department of Drama and Film, 10 October 1991.

“Sound as a Stylistic Factor in Cinematic Narration.” Paper at Thirteenth Annual Ohio University Film Conference, 9 November 1991.

Interviewer, “Filmmaker’s Dialogue: Robert Altman,” 25 April 1992. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; funded by MacArthur Foundation.

“Aesthetics, Contemporary Film Theory, and the Problem of Style.” Invited paper for annual convention of American Society for Aesthetics, Philadelphia, 30 October 1992.

“Limitations of Conventionalism in Film Style.” Invited lecture, McGill University Department of English, 4 March 1993.

“Problems of Narrative and Cinematic Style.” Invited lecture, Concordia University Department of Communications/ Université de Québec de Montréal Film Program, 5 March 1993.

“Models of the History of Film Style.” Invited lecture for Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, 13 September 1993; Hungarian Film Institute, Budapest, 19 October 1993.

“The Cognitive Approach to Perception in the Study of Visual Art.” Informal talk for members of the Department of Media and Communication, ELTE University, Budapest, 22 October 1993.

Informal lecture on Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky before screening, with live orchestral and choral accompaniment, at the Madison, Wisconsin Civic Center; 12 February 1994.

Informal introduction to Eisenstein’s Strike and Battleship Potemkin; Cinémathèque Ontario, Toronto, 11 March 1994.

“Studying the Stylistic History of Cinema.” Invited lecture, MIT, 16 March 1994.

“Cinema/History/Criticism: New Paradigms in Film Studies.” Brief talk followed by panel discussion, MIT Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development, 17 March 1994.

“Understanding Filmic Understanding.” Invited paper, Colloquium on Film Studies, MIT, 18 March 1994.

“Die Hard and the Return of Hollywood Classicism.” Invited lecture, Kammer-Filmtheater, Marburg Germany, 20 June 1994.

“Citizen Kane and the Artifice of the Classic Studio Film.” Invited lecture, Munich Film Festival, 26 June 1994; Verein Die ersten 100 Jahre Kino in Berlin, Tivoli Cinema, Berlin, 27 June 1994.

“The Early Spring of Yasujiro Ozu.” Invited lecture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 15 September 1994.

Informal introductions to screenings of Ozu’s A Mother Should Be Loved and Days of Youth, Harvard Film Archive, 16 and 17 September 1994.

Informal introductions to Ozu’s Floating Weeds and Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Finnish Film Archive, Helsinki, 1 and 2 October 1994.

“Convention, Construction, and Cinematic Vision.” Invited lecture, University of Stockholm, 5 October 1994; invited paper, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 18 November 1994; invited paper, English Department, Johns Hopkins University, 24 February 1995.

“Die Hard and the Return of Classicism.” Invited lecture, University of Stockholm, 6 October 1994.

“Back to the Future: A Narrative World.” Invited lecture, University of Stockholm, 6 October 1994.

“Neo-Structuralist Narratology and Film.” Invited paper for Symposium on Semiotics and Narrative, University of Stockholm, 1 October 1994.

“Complicating the History of Film Style.” Paper for American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual convention, Philadelphia, 18 November 1994.

“The Late Eisenstein and the Absorption of the Spectator.” Invited lecture, Film Studies Department, Sarah Lawrence College, 8 March 1995.

Closing commentary. “Nation, National Identity, and the International Cinema.” Invited participant, conference sponsored by the Borchard Foundation, Chateau de la Bretèche, 30 July–2 August 1995.

“Ensemble Acting and Staging in Depth in International Cinema of the Teens.” Invited paper, Riga International Summer School of Film History, Riga, Latvia, 35–30 August 1995.

“Models of Depth Staging in the European Cinema.” Invited paper, “European Cinema, European Societies” conference, Bloomington, Indiana, 29 September 1995; invited paper, Amherst College, 22 February 1996.

“La Nouvelle Mission de Feuillade; or, What Was Mise-en-Scène?” Invited paper, Chicago Film Seminar, Film Center at the School of the Art Institute, 5 October 1995.

Closing commentary for round table, “Milestones of Cinema” conference, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 5 November 1995.

“Three Versions of Film History.” Invited lecture, University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature, 21 November 1995.

“NeoStructuralist Narratology and Film.” Invited paper, University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature, 23 November 1995; invited lecture, Smith College, 23 February 1996.

“Influences of American Cinema on Japanese Filmmakers of the 1920s and 1930s.” Invited lecture, Japan Society of New York, 12 January 1996.

Informal introductions to screenings of Ozu’s Days of Youth and Dragnet Girl, Japan Society of New York, 12 and 13 January 1996 respectively.

“Conceptions of Space in Post-1970s European Cinema.” Invited lecture, Ludwigsburg Film Academy, Germany, 21 June 1996; Munich Film Archive, 23 June 1996; Bamberg Kino, 26 June 1996; Hong Kong Arts Centre, 20 November 1996.

Brief introductions to screenings of The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, as part of John Ford Film Festival sponsored by the Wisconsin State Historical Society, 20 and 23 October 1996.

Three lectures on the gangster film as genre, Department of Comparative Literature, Hong Kong University, 18 November, 25 November, and 29 November 1996.

“Camera Movement and Sound in Cinematic Narration.” Invited lecture, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 19 November 1996.

“Art Cinema as Experimental Cinema: Distant Voices, Still Lives.” Invited lecture, University of Zurich, 13 January 1997.

“Art-Cinema Narration in Toto le héros.” Invited lecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 15 January 1997.

“Some Virtues of Virtuality: Cinema and the Sensuous Particular.” Keynote address, 22nd Annual Conference on Film and Literature, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 31 January 1997.

“Problems and Solutions: New Approaches to Studying the Stylistic History of Cinema.” Invited lecture for Archimedia, European Training Network for the Promotion of the Cinema Heritage, 5-day Master Class, Brussels, 18–22 February 1997; 19 February 1997. Also participation in roundtable panel, “University Film Archives,” 21 February 1997.

“Eisenstein and Stalinist Cinema.” Invited lecture, Department of Communications, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, 7 May 1997.

“Hong Kong Movies.” Invited lecture for Royal Film Archive of Belgium; sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels, 4 June 1997.

“Hong Kong as a Popular Cinema.” Invited lecture for Department of Information Studies and Media, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 11 November 1997; Institute of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 11 November 1997.

“After Post-Theory.” Invited lecture for faculty symposium, Institute of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 12 November 1997.

“An Approach to the History of Film Style.” Invited lecture, Institute of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 14 November 1997.

“The Jidai-Geki: A View from America.” Invited presentation, Kyoto Film Festival panel symposium, 13 December 1997.

“Homage to Sergei Eisenstein.” Invited lecture, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, on occasion of Eisenstein’s centenary, 25 January 1998.

“Taking Hong Kong Seriously: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment.” Invited lecture, Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 17 April 1998.

“Eisenstein, Socialist Realism, and the Charms of Mizanstsena.” Invited paper, “Eisenstein at 100: A Reconsideration.” Conference held at Dartmouth College, 14 November 1998.

“Hong Kong Cinema and the Aesthetics of Action.” Invited lecture, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 25 May 1999; Department of Film and Media, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, 23 June 1999; Divison of Critical Studies, School of Film and Television, University of Southern California, 1 October 1999.

“Visual Style in Cinema: The Last Fifty Years.” Invited lecture, Department of Information and Media Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 26 May 1999.

“Stylistic Convergence.” Biannual conference of the Institute for Cognitive Studies of Film and Media, sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 27 May 1999.

“Narrative Futures.” Invited lecture for seminar, “Discourses of the Future,” Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm University, 20 July 1999; invited lecture for symposium, “Narrative at the Limits,” Center for Humanities, University of California–Santa Barbara, 3 May 2001; invited lecture, Department of Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 9 January 2002.

“The Problem-Solution Approach to Film Studies.” Invited lecture, Harvard Center for the Humanities, 21 October 1999.

“David Bordwell on Ozu.” Invited lecture, Harvard Film Archive, 22 October 1999.

“Hou Hsiao-Hsien.” 90-minute panel discussion with the director; Taipei Film Festival, 19 November 1999.

“Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Ang Lee.” Three-hour symposium discussion of these two Taiwanese directors; Taipei Film Festival, 21 November 1999.

“Filling Up Space: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Cinematic Staging.” Invited lecture, Taiwan College of Art, 26 November 1999; invited lecture, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Distinguished Speakers Series, University of Illinois, UrbanaBChampaign, 2 December 1999; invited lecture, Department of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, 21 February 2000; invited lecture, Washington University at St. Louis, Film Studies Program, 24 February 2000; invited lecture, Georgia State University, Communication Department, 13 March 2000.

“Recent Developments in Asian Film.” Invited lecture, Washington University at St. Louis, Film Studies Program, 23 February 2000; invited lecture, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina, 10 March 2001.

“Transcultural Spaces: Chinese Cinema as World Film.” Keynote address, “2000 and Beyond: History, Technology and Future of Transnational Chinese Film and TV.” Conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, 20 April 2000.

“Style in the Classic Chambara Film.” Invited lecture, Japan Society of New York, 2 June 2000.

“Intensified Continuity: Visual Style in Contemporary Hollywood.” Invited lecture, Film Studies Program, University of Oklahoma, 12 January 2001; keynote address, Midwestern Conference on Film, Language, and Literature, Northern Illinois University, 23 March 2001; invited lecture, Elte University, Budapest, 16 May 2001.

“Film Studies.” Presentation for Letters and Sciences Board of Visitors, University of Wisconsin–Madison Foundation, 10 May 2001.

“Who Blinked First? How Film Style Streamlines Nonverbal Action.” Center for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, 3rd Biennial Symposium, Pecs, Hungary, 24 May 2001.

“Visual Style in Contemporary Hollywood: Jerry Maguire.” Invited lecture, Forum of Film Technique, Munich, 28 May 2001.

“Trends in Contemporary Asian Film.” Invited lecture, Film Archive of Frankfurt am Main, 29 May 2001; Deutsche Kinematek, Berlin, 30 May 2001.

“Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema”; “The Career and Context of Tsui Hark.” Keynote address and lecture; Hong Kong Film Festival, Southern Methodist University, 28–30 September 2001.

“Technology and Technique: Hollywood, Hong Kong, and the Emergence of Contemporary Film Style.” Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Lecture, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, 24 November 2001.

“John Woo, Chinese Chameleon.” Invited lecture to open John Woo retrospective at the Danish Film Museum, 10 January 2002.

“Asian Film, Western Audiences.” Opening address for symposium, “Hollywood, Asian Media and the Global Market.” University of Notre Dame 28 February–2 March 2002.

“Ripples on Nearby Shores: Contemporary Taiwanese Cinema as Regional Influence.” Invited paper for symposium, “Island of Light: Taiwan Film and Popular Culture,” University of Wisconsin–Madison, 7–9 March 2002; invited paper, Center for Cultural Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 25 March 2002.

“Angelopoulos and the Cinema of Austere Spectacle.” Paper for symposium, “Europes and Contrary Tides: Filmmaking in the New Europe.” University of Wisconsin–Madison, 14–16 March 2002.

Introductory lecture and follow-up lecture and discussion of Chungking Express, Green Bay Film Festival, 1 May 2002.

“Body Movement and Cinematic Technique.” Invited presentation for Dance and the Camera Summer Seminar, UW–Madison Department of Dance, 7 June 2002.

“Contemporary Film Studies: The Problems and Pleasures of Problem-Solving.” Invited lecture, Department of Film, Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea, 12 November 2002.

“Global Liftoff: South Korean Cinema and Recent Film History.” Invited lecture, Pusan Film Festival/Pusan Cinematheque, Korea, 16 November 2002.

“Hong Kong Cinema’s Golden Age: From the 80s to the 90s—and After?” Invited lecture, College of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Central Arkansas, 17 March 2003.

“Stylistic Tendencies in Contemporary Cinema.” Invited lecture, International Film School, Cologne, 13 June 2003; Bochum University, 16 June 2003; Mainz University, 18 June 2003.

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Wuxia film.” Public lecture, Leopold Museum, Cologne, Germany, 14 June 2003.

“True to Form: Yasujiro Ozu from the 1930s to the 1950s.” Invited lecture, Kino Arsenal, Deutsche Kinematek, Berlin, 20 June 2003.

“Edward Yang, the New Cinema, and A Brighter Summer Day.” Public lecture, Synema, Vienna, 22 June 2003.

“Hou Hsiao-hsien and the Telephoto Aesthetic.” Keynote address for Widescreen Cinema Conference, International Museum of Photography and Cinema, Bradford, England, 13 July 2003.

“Trends and Traditions in Martial Arts Film Style.” Keynote address for “Constructing Pan-Chinese Cultures: Globalism and the Shaw Brothers Cinema,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 3 October 2003; invited lecture, Finnish Film Archive, Helsinki, 18 September 2004.

Invited participant in panel on the work of film director Johnnie To, Washington University, St. Louis, 14 November 2003.

“Film Theory as Empirical Inquiry.” Keynote address for conference, “Whither Film Theory?” University of Shanghai, 2 June 2004.

“Cinematic Staging: Problems and Solutions.” Invited lecture, University of Helsinki, 17 September 2004.

“New Narrative in Hollywood? Storytelling Developments in 1990s American Cinema.” Invited lecture, University of Turku, Finland, 20 September 2004; UW Center for the Humanities Distinguished Lectures series, 2 February 2005; University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 9 March 2005; LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 11 March 2005; Concordia University, Montreal, 17 October 2005.

“Differences in Industry, Audiences, and Aesthetics: Taiwan/ Hong Kong Cinemas.” Keynote lecture at 2004 Pan-Chinese Film Festival, Oberlin College, 30 September 2004.

“David Bordwell on Film Style.” Two lectures at “Style in Film,” Film Studies Seminar, Norwegian Association of Film Societies, 9–10 October 2004.

“Planet Hong Kong.” Invited lecture for Adelaide Film Festival, 23 February 2005; Melbourne Cinematheque, 10 March 2005.

“Intensified Continuity: Contemporary Hollywood Film Style.” Invited lecture for Adelaide Film Festival, 28 February 2005.

“The Tip of the Iceberg: Film Scholars and Film Archives.” Invited lecture for Australian National Archive of Film and Recorded Sound, Canberra, 3 March 2005.

“Angelopoulos, Hou, and the Long Take.” Invited lecture for Brisbane Film Festival and Griffith University, Brisbane, 5 March 2005.

“Rational and Empirical Inquiry in Film Studies.” Invited lecture for symposium, “New Directions in Film Studies,” Flinders University, 15 March 2005.

“The Modern Miracle You See without Special Glasses! The Aesthetics of CinemaScope.” Invited lecture for Vancouver International Film Festival, 3 October 2005; Inaugural Reni Celeste Memorial Lecture, Yale University, 2 February 2006; Nordic Film Seminar, European Film Academy, 8 June 2006; invited lecture for Birkbeck College, University of London, 19 June 2006; keynote lecture, Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image conference, Konrad Wolf Film and Television Academy, 20 July 2006; invited lecture, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 6 March 2007; invited lecture, Lingnan University, 19 March 2007; invited lecture, University of Auckland, 9 May 2007; invited lecture, University of Otago, 25 May 2007.

“Problems of Cinematic Staging.” Invited lecture for Chicago Film Seminar, Film Center of the Art Institute, 20 October 2005. Further discussion of presentation at Mass Culture Studies Workshop, University of Chicago, 21 October 2005.

“Post-Classical Hollywood.” Nordic Film Seminar, European Film Academy, 7 June 2006.

“Network Narratives.” Nordic Film Seminar, European Film Academy, 9 June 2006.

“Nordisk and the 1910s Aesthetic.” Invited lecture, “100 Years of Nordisk Film,” Danish Film Archive, 15 June 2006.

“Cognitive Film Theory.” Invited lecture, day school, Birkbeck College, University of London, 18 June 2006; invited lecture, University of Auckland, 10 May 2007.

“Hooks and Gaps: Scene Transitions in Classical Film.” University of Auckland, 8 May 2007.

“Another Shaw Production: Widescreen Comes to Hong Kong.” University of Auckland, 11 May 2007.

“Two Trends in Silent Film Style.” University of Auckland, 16 May 2007.

“A Muffled Explosion: Hollywood and the Digital Revolution.” Invited paper, conference “Switchover 3 Una narrazione esplosa?” (Rome), 16-19 December 2007. Revised version given as “Is Hollywood’s Digital Revolution a Revolution?” Invited lecture, University of Northern Illinois, 3 March 2009; Hong Kong Baptist University, 26 March 2009.

“Adjusting to Hollywood Style: International Trends in the 1910s and 1920s.” Invited lecture, Worldwide Universities Network, Leeds University, 28 January 2009.

“How Motion Pictures Became the Movies.” Hong Kong Baptist University, 30 March 2010; New York University, February 2011. Available at davidbordwell.net/blog/2013/01/12/what-next-a-video-lecture-i-suppose-well-actually-yeah/.

“I Love a Mystery: Narrative Innovations in 1940s Hollywood.” Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Conference, Sarah Lawrence College and New York University, 15 June 2012; revised version, University of Georgia, 3 March 2018.

“Hong Kong Action Cinema.” Quebec: Fantasia Film Festival, August 2012.

“Keynote Address: Back to the Drawing Board: Digital Cinema and Film History.” Toronto International Film Festival, September 2012.

Annual Peter Morris Memorial Lecture. York University, October 2012.

“The Art of the Martial Arts Film.” Toronto International Film Festival, 10 June 2013.

“Innovation By Accident.” Screenwriting Research Network Conference, University of Wisconsin–Madison, August 2013.

Keynote Speaker, 2013 Film and History Conference. Lawrence University, 20 November 2013.

“The Switcheroo Tradition: Narrative Innovations in 1940s Hollywood.” Tufts University, 25 April 2016.

Annual James Card Memorial Lecture and Introduction to Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935). Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum, 29 May 2016.

“Introduction to The Rhapsodes.” University of Wisconsin Cinematheque, 7 July 2016.

 “Studying Early Hollywood: The Search for a Storytelling Style.” John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, 16 March 2017. Available at youtube.com/watch?v=4F_K-v4n6h0.

A Letter to Three Wives.” Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, 28 October 2017.

“Carl Theodor Dreyer.” Michigan Tech University, 2 November 2017.

“Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling.”  Washington University in St. Louis, 5 April 2018.

“Seeing and Seeking: E.H. Gombrich’s Art and Illusion.” Washington University in St. Louis, 7 April 2018.

Keynote, Classical Film Studies in the 21st Century Conference. Wilfrid Laurier University, 11 May 2018.

“Geometries of Popular Narrative.” The University of Chicago, 24 January 2019.

“Explanations of Style, Styles of Explanation.” The University of Chicago Arts, 25 January 2019.

“Patterns and Passions: Form and Comprehension in the Contemporary Domestic Thriller.” Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Conference, University of Hamburg, 12 June 2019.

“Writing About Film: Making Research Para-Academic.” Hong Kong Baptist University, 22 March 2019. Delivered remotely.

Keynote speaker, 2019 Film and History Conference. Lawrence University, 14 November 2019.


Invited guest, panelist, lecturer, and judge, Hong Kong International Film Festival, 1995–present.

Invited guest, panelist, and interviewer, Ebertfest, 2003–present.

Invited guest and lecturer, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2006–present.

Panelist for Venice College Cinema, Venice International Film Festival, 2017–present.


Departmental committees: Lectures committee, Awards committee, Colloquium committee, Undergraduate committee, Graduate committee, Personnel and Tenure committee, Pay Equity Committee, and ad hoc Search committees: various years since 1973.

Member, University Graduate Fellowships Committee, 1982–1985.

Graduate Director, 1982–1984.

Undergraduate Director, 1991–1992.

Associate Chair, 1988–1989.

Member, Steering Committee for Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, 1988–1999.

Member, Memorial Library Committee, 1988–1990.

Member, Review Committee of Institute for Research in the Humanities, 1988–1991, 1998–1999.

Undergraduate Advisor and Chair, Undergraduate Committee, spring 1994.

Member, Graduate School Research Committee, 1993–1996.

Member, Search Committee for Associate Dean for the Humanities, May 1995.

Member, organizing committee for “Milestones of Cinema,” conference held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, 3–5 November 1995.

Departmental representative, University Consortium on the Arts, 1995–1996.

Member, University of Wisconsin screening committee for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship applicants, 1996.

Member, University of Wisconsin Press Committee, 1996–1999.

Member, Cognitive Science Cluster Hire Search Committee, 1999–2002.

Member, Wisconsin Cinémathèque Committee, 1998–.

Consultant, Wisconsin Film Festival, 1998–.

Chair, Letters and Sciences ad hoc committee to review the graduate program in the Department of Theatre and Drama, December 2000.

Initiator and coordinator of several series of Japanese films brought to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus with the cooperation of the Japan Society of New York and the Japan Film Library: 1977–present.

Initiator and coordinator of film programs brought to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus with the cooperation of Asian Cinevision of New York: Hong Kong cinema, spring 1992; New Korean cinema, spring 1994; East Asian cinema, fall 1996–spring 1997.

Coordinator, symposium, “Light in the East: New Trends in Cinema from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and Mainland China,” University of Wisconsin–Madison consisting of three guest speakers and director Ann Hui; 14–15 February 1997. Supported by the Arts Consortium, the International Institute, and the Anonymous Fund.

Coordinator, Burdick-Vary Symposium for Institute for Research in the Humanities, “Popular Cinema—The Very Idea: Understanding Film as Entertainment,” 4–6 February 1999, including visiting lecturers and filmmaker Peter Chan.

Coordinator, symposium,“On the Edge, Over the Edge: Hong Kong Cinema and Popular Culture,” 1–3 March 2001, including visiting lecturers and filmmaker Shu Kei. Supported by the Anonymous Fund and the Humanistic Foundation.

Coordinated Film Studies colloquium, bringing guest lecturers and filmmakers to campus, 1985–present, in rotation with colleagues.


Member, Editorial Board, Cinema Journal, 1980–1992.

National Endowment for the Humanities Consultant for a project to translate the collected writings of Sergei Eisenstein into English (1978–1980).

Representative, CIEE (Fulbright) film program committee (1977–1978).

Member, Conference Organizing Committee, “The Cinematic Apparatus,” conference held at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, February 1978.

National Endowment for the Arts Consultant for Media Arts, 1978–1979.

Guest Editor, Film Criticism 4, 1 (Fall 1979).

Referee for proposals and manuscripts for Princeton University Press, Indiana University Press, Harvard University Press, MIT Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Columbia University Press, University of Illinois Press, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Cinema Journal.

Member of external review committee for film programs at University of Utah, University of California–Santa Barbara, University of Michigan, and Wesleyan University.

Member, Executive Council of the Society for Cinema Studies, 1984–1987.

Member, Conference Organization Committee, Society for Cinema Studies, 1985–1986.

Chair, ad hoc committee of Society for Cinema Studies on renegotiating contract between Cinema Journal and the University of Illinois Press, 1987.

Reviewer, grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Archives, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Member, Working Group for the Study of Soviet Cinema and Television.

Consultant, Japanese Silent Films, film series conducted by the Japan Film Center and the American Museum of the Moving Image, 2 June–23 June 1989.

Member, Area Committee for CIES Fulbright Fellowships in Media, 1989–1990, 1995–1997.

Reviewer, Getty Grant Program, Fellowships in Film and Media, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994.

Reviewer, National Humanities Center fellowship applicants, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994.

Referee, nominees for MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

Member, Editorial Board of Archivos, published by Filmoteca Generalitat of Valencia, Spain.

Presenter of award for best director of 1994 to Wong Kar-wai, Awards Ceremony, Hong Kong Society of Film Critics, 22 April 1995.

Consultant on Japanese war films for Hollywood Commandos, 58-min. documentary by Gregory Orr Productions for American Movie Classics; aired November 1996.

Consultant for Hong Kong film series at the Royal Film Archive of Brussels, June 1997; June 2001.

Member, Editorial Board of Style, 1996–2002.

Interviewee for various newspapers, US and overseas, on film and my research, 1984–present.

Interviewee for local and overseas radio and television broadcasts on film and on my research, 1988–present.

Subject of profile, “The Insider: David Bordwell Blows the Whistle on Film Studies,” Lingua Franca (March 2000): 34–42.

Consultant for “The Art of Action,” a documentary on Hong Kong cinema aired on Encore cable network, 31 January 2002.

Consultant for Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong, a documentary on Hong Kong cinema aired on Independent Film Channel, August 2004.

Invited guest for presentations and panel discussions, Roger Ebert Festival of Overlooked Films, University of Illinois–Champaign-Urbana, April 2003–present.

David Bordwell

Judge of Asian New Talent Awards, Shanghai International Film Festival, 6–14 June 2004.

Juror, Dragons and Tigers Award, Vancouver International Film Festival, October 2005.

Director of 33 completed Ph. D. dissertations in film history, theory, and criticism. Of these, 17 have been published by the following presses: Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, Hong Kong University Press, Mouton, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, UMI Research Press, University of North Carolina Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Wayne State University Press, and Wesleyan University Press.

Office: 4045 Vilas Hall
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison
821 University Avenue
Madison WI 53706

Born 23 July 1947.
Married to Kristin Thompson.

David Bordwell

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