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Personal profile

Biography

Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC).

He is the author of Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Limina Award for Best International Film Studies Book. This book offers an in-depth study of Godard's monumental videographic investigation of cinema and history, Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998), within the context of his overall œuvre.

Michael is also the co-editor of For Ever Godard (Black Dog Publishing, 2004), The French Cinema Book (BFI Publishing, 2004; 2nd edition 2018), and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2006). His articles have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

He has a longstanding interest in curation, and has curated film seasons for institutions such as Tate Modern, the Ciné-Lumière and BFI Southbank.

In 2018 he published a revised and expanded edition of The French Cinema Book, co-edited with Michael Temple, with BFI Publishing/Palgrave Macmillan.

Qualifications

BA Hons (University of Bath), PhD (University of Bath)

Research interests

Michael's principal research interests lie in the fields of French cinema, cinema history, avant-garde and experimental cinema, film theory and philosophy, found footage filmmaking, audiovisual history and criticism, documentary, essay films and video essays, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard.

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Research Output

Unfinished Business: Godard, Cinema and Theatre in the 1960s

Witt, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Shadow Cinema: The Historical and Production Context of Unmade Films. Eldridge, D., Fenwick, J. & Foster, K. (eds.). New York: Bloomsbury

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction

Witt, M. & Temple, M., 26 Jan 2018, The French Cinema Book (2nd edition). 2nd ed. London: Palgrave/BFI Publishing, p. xv-xx 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Technological Innovation from the Mainstream to the Margins

Witt, M., 26 Jan 2018, The French Cinema Book (2nd edition). 2nd ed. London: Palgrave/BFI Publishing, p. 172-179 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Diversity of Film-Making Forms and Practices during the Thirty Glorious Years

Witt, M. & Temple, M., 26 Jan 2018, The French Cinema Book (2nd edition). 2nd ed. London, p. 180-190 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Documentary Renaissance

Witt, M., 26 Jan 2018, The French Cinema Book (2nd edition). 2nd ed. London: Palgrave/BFI Publishing, p. 172-179 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities

  • 3 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 2 Invited talk

‘The Invisible Work: Jean-Luc Godard’s Abandoned and Unrealised Film Projects’

Michael Witt (Speaker)
5 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Introduction of programme of films by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

Michael Witt (Speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

‘Godard and May 68'

Michael Witt (Speaker)
5 May 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

On-stage discussion with film historian Bernard Eisenschitz of Nicole Vedrès’s compilation film Paris 1900 (1948)

Michael Witt (Speaker)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Thesis

Mental Images in Cinema: Flashback, Imagined Voices, Fantasy, Dream, Hallucination and Madness in Film

Author: Luchoomun, L., 26 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Chanan, M. (Supervisor), Witt, M. (Supervisor) & Sutton, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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