"Art Nouveau, the Horror Film and ‘The Jew in the Text’"

October 20, 2016 - 5:30pm

The Pittsburgh Film Colloquium Series Presents:

Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies


This talk will consider how, during its period of ascendancy (the late 19th and early 20th centuries), the design style of Art Nouveau was linked, by its detractors, to horror. This association continues in the contemporary era with the use of Art Nouveau settings for various international horror films. Furthermore, two of the films to be discussed demonstrate a persistence of critics' negative association of Art Nouveau with Jews (e.g. artists, dealers, and collectors).

Lucy Fischer is a Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she served as Director of the Film Studies Program for 30 years.  She is the author of 11 books including: Jacques Tati (1983), Shot/Countershot: Film Tradition and Women's Cinema (1989) , Imitation of Life (1991),  Cinematernity: Film, Motherhood, Genre (1996) , Teaching Film (2012/with Patrice Petro), Designs on Cinema: Art Nouveau, Modernism, and Film History (forthcoming 2017), and many more. She has held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), and has been the recipient of both a National Endowment for the Arts Art Critics Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Professors. She has served as President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2001-3) and in 2008 received its Distinguished Service Award. Last year she was awarded the Chancellor’s award for Distinguished Research at Pitt.


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Location and Address

407 Cathedral of Learning