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Prof John David Rhodes

Director of the Centre for Film and Screen

Reader in Film Studies and Visual Culture

I research, write, and teach on European and American cinema, with a strong focus on Italian cinema and avant garde/experimental cinemas. My most recent book is Spectacle of Property: The House in American Film (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), which brings together film history, film theory and architectural history. My interest in cinema’s intersection with architecture, place, and the built environment is also in evidence in my first book, Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini's Rome (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), and two edited collections: Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Other publications include Meshes of the Afternoon (BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and an edited a collection of essays on Michael Haneke: On Michael Haneke (Wayne State University Press, 2010). I currently working on a book on the prop in cinema, which I am writing with Elena Gorfinkel, and several other projects that are concerned, variously, with style and labour, the history of Rome in cinema, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. I am a founding co-editor of the online film, visual and literary theory journal World Picture.

Contact details:

Corpus Christi College
Trumpington Street
University of Cambridge


Tel: 01223 (3) 39391

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