Roehampton lecturer wins prestigious International book award

Dr Michael Witt, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, has won the prestigious 2014 Limina Award for the Best International Film Studies Book published in 2013 for his book Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian.  

Posted: 8 April 2014

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 Dr Michael Witt, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton
Dr Witt is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, where he also co-directs the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC). He is a leading authority on the work of Jean-Luc Godard, who is one of cinema’s most prolific and influential directors and film-thinkers.

The award was officially conferred on April 3rd during the 2014 Film Forum International Film Festival and Conference in Udine, Italy.

This award is judged by a panel of sixty-three leading film scholars from around the world who make up the Editorial and Advisory Boards of the journal Cinéma & Cie: International Film Studies Journal.

The judges praised Dr Witt’s achievement as: ‘The fruit of a decades-long engagement with Godard’s most difficult and challenging works, Witt’s beautifully produced and profusely and intelligently illustrated book offers the most penetrating analysis of Histoire(s) du cinéma to date and stands as a model for learned commentary in film scholarship.’

Dr Witt has written extensively on the work of Jean-Luc Godard, having essays translated into numerous languages and co-editing two influential collections on the filmmaker: For Ever Godard (Black Dog, 2004) and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (Pompidou Centre, 2006).

His latest work Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian offers an in-depth investigation of Godard’s notoriously dense later works and he is currently working on an expanded new edition of The French Cinema Book for the British Film Institute, which first appeared in 2004.

Dr Witt comments: ‘I am delighted to win this award for this book, which has been the main focus of my research for several years. It is particularly rewarding to know that the book is valued highly by such a large and eminent group of peers.’

The full shortlist for the award
Michael Witt, Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian (Indiana University Press)
Erika Balsom, Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (Amsterdam University Press)
Giorgio Bertellini, Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader (John Libbey)
Thomas Doherty, Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 (Columbia University Press) 

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