Pittsburgh Film Colloquium: Luc Vancheri

November 19, 2015 - 5:30pm


Film Analysis and Analytical Iconology

Luc Vancheri

Université Lumière Lyon 2


Over the last decade, film theory has undergone an iconological turn following the adaptation of art historian Aby Warburg’s iconology to the study of cinema. This turn has introduced two important concepts that improve our ability to understand and analyze film: nachleben (survival) and pathosformel (formula of pathos). This lecture will provide an overview and an example of this approach to film analysis. In my remarks, I will first propose a theological interpretation of Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) based on a Willem van Mieris’ painting and then present a mythological reading of Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1959) in light of the death of Orpheus torn by the Menades.


Luc Vancheri is Professor of Film Studies at the Lumière University of Lyon 2 where he also serves as director of graduate studies in film. He teaches courses in cinema aesthetics, theories of images, and analytical iconology. He is the co-founder of the journal Écrans at Garnier Publishers, and he edits a book series in Film Studies for the University of Lyon Press. His recent published monographs include: La Grande Illusion. Le Musée imaginaire de Jean Renoir, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2015 ; Psycho. La leçon d’iconologie d’Alfred Hitchcock, Vrin, 2013 ; Les pensées figurales de l’image, Armand Colin, 2011 ; Cinema contemporains. Du film à l’installation, Aléas, 2009 ; Cinéma et peinture, Armand Colin, 2007.



Location and Address

Cathedral of Learning, 407