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Angelo Restivo

Associate Professor    

Ph.D. School of Cinema-TV. University of Southern California. 1997.
M.A. Program for Writers. University of Illinois, Chicago.
B.A. University of Chicago.


My research and teaching interests focus on international art cinemas from the postwar to the present, questions surrounding cinematic realism(s), and theories of visuality and the image (especially as informed by psychoanalysis and Deleuze). More particularly, I am interested in tracking the ways in which processes of modernization get indexed, or figured, in the cinema and in visual culture more broadly. This, indeed, was the subject of my first book, The Cinema of Economic Miracles: Visuality and Modernization in the Italian Art Film. After that, I’ve published several essays which explored the vicissitudes of the realist image in Italian cinema at the end of the economic boom. I’ve also, in collaboration with Richard Cante of UNC, co-authored a series of studies on porn, focusing specifically on ways in which new social subjects and new urban spaces come to visibility.

Currently I’m working on a book project which tracks the succession of “new waves” which has swept across cinemas world-wide,looking at the various strategies adopted by different national cinemas to negotiate the spatial and social transformations wrought by modernization.


The Cinema of Economic MiraclesVisuality and Modernization in the Italian Art Film. Duke UP. 2002.

“Revisiting Zabriskie Point.”  Antonioni: Centenary Essays.  Ed. John David Rhodes, Laura Ricasoli.  British Film Institute.  2011.

“Hitchcock and the Postmodern,” in A Companion to Hitchcock Studies, ed. Leland Pogue, Thomas Leitch. Blackwell. 2011.

“From Index to Figure in the European Art Film: the Case of The Conformist”, in Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories.  Ed. Rosalind Galt, Karl Schoonover.  Oxford UP. 2010.

“Into the Breach: Between the Movement-image and the Time-image.” in The Brain is the Screen: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Cinema, ed. Gregory Flaxman.  U Minnesota P.  2000.

(with Richard C. Cante) “The ‘World’ of All-Male Pornography:  On the Public Place of Moving Image Sex in the Era of Pornographic Transnationalism.” In More Dirty Looks, ed. Pamela Church Gibson.  British Film Institute.  2004.