Department of Media, Culture and Language

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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. It has been reviewed in a variety of publications, including Senses of Cinema, New Left Review, Sight and Sound, 1895: Revue d'histoire du cinéma, Film Quarterly, Choice, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Spectrum Culture, Modern & Contemporary France, French Studies, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, and Aniki: Revista Portuguesa da Imagem em Movimento.

Michael is also the co-editor of For Ever Godard (Black Dog Publishing, 2004), The French Cinema Book (British Film Institute, 2004), 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 2016 he curated a three-month Jean-Luc Godard retrospective with Michael Temple for the British Film Institute at BFI Southbank. He is currently working on a revised and expanded edition of The French Cinema Book for BFI Publishing/Palgrave Macmillan.


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.

Professional affiliations

Research outputs

  1. À la recherche de Sauve la vie (qui peut) de Jean-Luc Godard

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Jean-Luc Godard retrospective

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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