Christian Viviani

Christian Viviani
Researcher in the history of American Film

Chistian Vivani is Maître de conférences HDR at Paris 1-Sorbonne, then Professeur at Université de Caen-Basse Normandie. His research concerns the history of American Film ; he also contributed to introduce « film acting studies » in the French academic field. He is coordinator and co-editor of celebrated film magazine Positif. Among the books he has authored, Le Western (1982), Les Séducteurs du cinéma américain (1984), Ernst Lubitsch (with N. T. Binh, 1992), Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, regards croisés (with Michel Cieutat, 2000, updated in 2005) and Audrey Hepburn, La Grâce et la compassion (with Michel Cieutat, 2009). He is the author of Les Connexions françaises (Editions Nouveau Monde-Paris 1-MSH) and Larousse du Cinéma (2011 edition). He contributes to Dictionnaire des réalisateurs (Larousse), Home Is Where the Heart Is (Christine Gledhill editor, BFI, 1987, 2002) and Journeys of Desire (Ginette Vincendeau and Alastair Phillips editors , BF1, 2006). He translated Acting in the Cinema by James Naremore (Acteurs, le jeu de l’acteur au cinema, PUR, 2014). His essay on film acting, Le Magique et le vrai (Rouge Profond, 2015) has been awarded “best film book for 2015” by the Syndicat National de la Critique Française.

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