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Vincent Bohlinger​

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​Academic Background

B.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Courses Taught

ART 541 Media Aesthetics: Stop-Motion Animation
ENGL 337 Hollywood Stardom: Celebrity, Performance, Fandom
FILM 116 Introduction to Film
FILM 219 Methods of Film Analysis
FILM 221 Film History II
FILM 262 The Afro-Brazilian Experience & Brazilian Cinema
FILM 262 Film and Representation: Cross-Cultural Projections – Asian, American, Asian-American
FILM 352 Animation: History, Theory, Practice
FILM 352 Avant-Garde & Experimental Cinema
FILM 352 Documentary
FILM 352 Melodrama & Action Films
FILM 353 African-American Cinema
FILM 353 American Film Comedy: History & Theory
FILM 353 Contemporary Chinese Cinemas: Hong Kong, Taiwan, China
FILM 353 Russian & Soviet Cinema
FILM 374 Film Production: Cinematography & Editing
FILM 375 Film Production: Documentary Filmmaking
FILM 376 Film Production: Experimental Filmmaking
FILM 450 Classical Film Theory
FILM 450 Film Style
FILM 454 Film Theory
FYS 100 Comedy


Russian & Soviet Cinema, East Asian Cinema, Documentary Film, Film Style & Analysis


Professor Bohlinger is currently working on a book titled Toward a Second Utopia: Soviet Film Style between Montage and Socialist Realism, 1928-1936. This project is based on archival documents and films found in and around Moscow and examines the changing content, look, and sound of Soviet Cinema during the early years of Stalin. He is also co-editing a volume of collected essays on Soviet-era movie stars. In addition to film and television, his other interests include mind games, gardening, cooking, and carbs.

Selected Publications

“Commercialism and the Quotidian” [On Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger from 66 Scenes from America (Jørgen Leth, 1981)]. Short Film Studies 10, no. 2 (2020): 141-144.

Miss Mend.” In Silent Features: Essays on Silent Feature-Length Films, 1914-1934, edited by Steve Neale, 164-177. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2018.

“Crowdfunding in the Sixties: The Financing of Emile de Antonio’s Political Documentary Rush to Judgment (1966),” Frames 12 (December 2017):

“On Fairy Tales and the Materiality of Sand” [On Zepo (César Díaz Meléndez, 2014)], Short Film Studies 8, no. 1 (2017): 41-44.

“Echoes of The 400 Blows: Ambiguous Closure in Art Cinema” [On Dorthe Scheffmann's The Beach (1995)], Short Film Studies 7, no. 1 (2016): 67-70.

“On the Malaise and Menace of a Pencil Sharpener” [On Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Urzad (1966)], Short Film Studies 5, no. 1 (April 2015): 45-48.

“‘The East is a delicate matter’: White Sun of the Desert and the Soviet Western.” In (Re)Locating the Frontier: International Western Films, edited by Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper, 373-393. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2014.

“Self-Reflexivity and Historical Revision in A Moment of Innocence and The Apple.” In Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship, edited by Jinhee Choi and Mattias Frey, 125-141. London: Routledge, 2014.

“The Development of Sound Technology in the Soviet Union during the First Five-Year Plan,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 7, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 189-205.

“Engrossing? Exciting! Incomprehensible? Boring! Audience Survey Responses to Eisenstein’s October,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 5, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 5-27.

“Arnheim on the Ontology of the Photographic Image.” In Arnheim for Film and Media Studies, edited by Scott Higgins, 249-265. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Awards and Affiliations

Center Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2013-2022

Faculty Fellow, Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar, November 2018

Short-Term Travel Grant, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), Summer 2018

Title VIII Short-Term Grant, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., April-May 2013

Summer Research Laboratory Associate, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2010

Selected Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Faculty Research Institute “Russian and Soviet Visual Cultures, 1860-1935,” New York Public Library, June-July 2008

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowship, 2005-2006

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, 2004-2005

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1998-2002​​​​​

Page last updated: September 28, 2020