Cultural Studies; Film and Cinema Studies
John Belton is Professor of English and Film at Rutgers University. He has a PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard (1975) and a BA in Greek and Latin from Columbia University. In 2005-2006, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to research a book on digital cinema. In 2008, he received and Academy Fellows grant to research a book on motion picture color. He is the author of five books, including Widescreen Cinema (1992), winner of the 1993 Kraszna Krausz prize for books on the moving image, and American Cinema/American Culture (1994), a textbook written to accompany the PBS series, American Cinema. He has edited three books, including the most recent book, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (2000). Professor Belton also edits a book series on film and culture for Columbia University Press (1989-on). He is a former member of the National Film Preservation Board (1989-96), and former Chair of the Archival Papers and Historical Committee of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1985-96). He is also an associate editor of the film journal, Film History. His research interests include film technology, film aesthetics, culture and film, American film history, and classical film theory.
Murray Hall | Room 012
- "Re-Imagining American Communities: Hollywood, Hawks and Ford in 1939"
MLN: Modern Language Notes 122.5, December 2007
- "Painting by the Numbers: The Digital Intermediate"
Film Quarterly 61.3, Spring 2008
- "Can Hitchcock be Saved from Hitchcock Studies?"
Cineaste: America's leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema XXVIII.4, September 2003
- "CinemaScope and the Widescreen Revolution" and "CinemaScope: Larger Than Life"
Cinegrafie 16, 2003
- "Sound Technology, Movies, and Music"
Re-titled "Digital Utopi." Film Haftet 122.4, 2002
- "Digital Cinema: A False Revolution"
October 100, Spring 2002
Film History: An International Journal 12.4, 2001
- "Awkward Transitions: Hitchcock's Blackmail and the Dynamics of Early Film Sound"
The Musical Quarterly 83.2, Summer 1999
- Language, Oedipus, and Chinatown
MLN, Vol. 106, No. 5, Comparative Literature, Dec., 1991
- The Space of Rear Window
MLN, Vol. 103, No. 5, Comparative Literature, Dec., 1988
Introduction to Film
American Cinema Film Theory
- Academy Film Scholar Fellowship, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2008
- Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2005-06
- Member, Grand Order of Bradford Film Festival (for exceptional service to widescreen cinema), 2000
- Member, Public Policy Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2005-09
- PhD, Harvard University
- BA, Columbia University
- "Getting It Right: Robert Harris on Color Restoration (interview)," Film History 12.4, 2001
- "Bigger is Definitely Better: Why CinemaScope and Video Don't Mix," Video Review, May 1987