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John Belton

John Belton
Professor of English

Murray Hall, Room 012
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7928

Office Hours: Mon & Wed 1-2:30 PM

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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.

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Harvard University
BA, Columbia University

Cultural Studies; Film and Cinema Studies

Books

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Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Intorduction to Film
  • Intorduction to Film
  • American Cinema
  • Film Theory
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • 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
Other Information of Interest
  • "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