Michael Witt
1995 …2021

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Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema. 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. He is also the co-editor of For Ever Godard (Black Dog Publishing, 2004), The French Cinema Book (BFI Publishing, 2004; 2nd edition BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 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.

His recent publications include:

'Unfinished Business: Godard, Cinema and Theatre in the 1960s', in James Fenwick, Kieran Foster and David Eldridge (eds.), Shadow Cinema: The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 73-89

'Unearthing a Forgotten Television Work by Jean-Luc Godard', Senses of Cinema, No.95, July 2020 (available in French in Trafic, No.117, Spring 2021, pp. 78-92)


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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