University of Pittsburgh


Lucy Fischer

Lucy Fischer is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies. She directed the Film Studies Program at Pitt for three decades.

She is the author of nine books: Jacques Tati (G.K. Hall, 1983), Shot/Countershot: Film Tradition and Women's Cinema (Princeton, 1989), Imitation of Life (Rutgers, 1991), Cinematernity: Film, Motherhood, Genre (Princeton University Press, 1996), Sunrise (British Film Institute, 1998), Designing Women: Art Deco, Cinema and the Female Form (Columbia University Press, 2003), Stars: The Film Reader (co-edited with Marcia Landy, Rutgers University Press, 2004), Teaching Film (coedited with Patrice Petro,  MLA, 2011 and Body Double: The Author Incarnate in the Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2013). She is presently editing a book entitled Art Direction for Rutgers University Press and is at work on a book about Art Nouveau and the Cinema.

She has published extensively on issues of film history, theory, and criticism in such journals as Screen, Film History, Sight and Sound, Camera Obscura, Wide Angle, Cinema Journal Journal of Film and Video, Film Criticism, Women and Performance, Frauen und Film, and Film Quarterly. Her essays have been anthologized 30 times in volumes of film history, criticism, and/or theory.

She has held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), and has written catalog essays for exhibits at the Wight Gallery (Los Angeles) and the Neuberger Museum (Purchase, NY). She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Art Critics Fellowship as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Professors.

She has lectured internationally in Tel Aviv, Israel; Lausanne, Switzerland; Amsterdam, Holland; Vienna, Austria; Glasgow, Scotland, London, Great Britain; Lisbon, Portugal, and Adelaide, Australia and has taught abroad in Ausgburg, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; and on the Semester at Sea program of the University of Pittsburgh (which traveled around the world).

Lucy Fischer has served as president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2001–03) and has also served as the organization's vice president. As its Conference Program Committee chair, she has twice hosted and organized its annual national conference in Pittsburgh. Furthermore, she has served as chair of the Film Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association and has been a delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Film in Pittsburgh

Celebrated Pittsburgh director, George Romero


Imitation of Life: Douglas Sirk, director

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Designing Women

 Cinematernity: Film, Motherhood, Genre

Stars, the Film Reader

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