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Professor Ginette Vincendeau

Professor in Film Studies

Research interests

  • Arts
  • Media


Educated in Paris at the Lycée Lamartine and the Lycée Sophie-Germain. Licence ès-lettres in English Language and Literature (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III) and PhD in Film Studies (University of East Anglia, UK).

Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1998, for services to French culture

Previously Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK

Visiting Professorships: University of Bordeaux 3 (2010); Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2004); Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (1997

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • French cinema, especially popular genres (thriller, film noir, heritage, comedy)
  • Stardom and celebrities in France
  • European and Hollywood film stars
  • National and trans-national cinema
  • Women's cinema and gender in the cinema

Ginette Vincendeau is currently co-editing a book on Paris in the cinema. She has recently published on ethnicity in contemporary French cinema and is researching popular French directors of the 1950s and 1960s.

Ginette welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests. 

For more details, please see Ginette's full research profile.


Ginette has taught courses on The French New Wave, Film history; French cinema; European cinema; Film stardom; Crime cinema and film noir; Women's cinema; Feminist film theory; Authorship, especially in European cinema.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Series editor of the Cine-Files, French Film Guides series at I.B. Tauris

Regular film reviews for Sight and Sound, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Commentaries and introductions for DVDs of Le Mépris, Le Grand jeu, L’Armée des ombres, Le Cercle rouge, Le Samouraï, Léon Morin prêtre, Le Doulos, L'Année dernière à Marienbad, Le Corbeau, Les Dimanches de Ville-D’Avray, Chronique d’un été, Une corde, un colt.