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Richard Neupert

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Wheatley Professor of the Arts
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Richard Neupert is the Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He teaches film history and theory. His special areas of interest are French cinema, narrative theory, and animation. His books include French Film History, 1895-1946 (U of Wisconsin Press, 2022), John Lasseter (U of Illinois Press, 2016), French Animation History (WileyBlackwell 2011), A History of the French New Wave Cinema (Wisconsin UP, 2003, 2007) and The End: Narration and Closure in Cinema (Wayne State UP, 1995). He also translated two books from French: Aesthetics of Film(Texas UP, 1997) and The French New Wave: An Artistic School (Blackwell, 2002). Professor Neupert is coordinator of UGA's Film Studies major and Film Studies minor, and is co-president of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Ciné movie theater.

See select guest lectures here:

Deep Focus seminar on TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (2024):


EBERTFEST talk on the Lumières and Birth of Cinema:

Frankfurt Film Museum's Agnès Varda series, on LA POINTE COURTE


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Research Interests:

French Film Research


Selected Publications:

FRENCH FILM HISTORY, 1895-1946. University of Wisconsin Press, 2022.

JOHN LASSETER AND THE RISE OF PIXAR STYLE. University of Illinois Press, 2016

FRENCH ANIMATION HISTORY. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

A HISTORY OF THE FRENCH NEW WAVE CINEMA. University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.

THE END: NARRATION AND CLOSURE IN THE CINEMA. Wayne State University Press, 1995.


Courses Regularly Taught:
Articles Featuring Richard Neupert

Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts Dr. Richard Neupert has published French Film History, 1895–1946. The book is now available through University of Wisconsin Press…

This Spotlight on the Arts event brings together five UGA faculty from the Grady and Franklin Colleges to discuss their recent work on the short film "American Triptych," written and directed by Booker T. Mattison (Entertainment and Media…

Events featuring Richard Neupert
Fine Arts Building | Room 400

The award-winning documentary RBG, by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, details the rise of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from law school to her ground-breaking legal cases on gender rights to her rare “cult status” as a Justice on the Supreme Court. This roundtable will discuss the RBG movie, assess Ginsburg’s significance for constitutional law and gender…


Cinema Roundtable: "Wartime Suspense in 'Dunkirk' and '1917': A Conversation with Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell”

This Willson Center Cinema Roundtable brings together two of the world's most renowned film scholars, Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, both of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to discuss storytelling in two important…


The pandemic has completely disrupted film production, distribution and exhibition over the past year. Even before cinemas closed, online streaming services were transforming the industry. Covid-related closures sped up some recent trends but also brought severe challenges to the production of film and television productions. This panel will assess short-term and…

Room 400 (Balcony Theatre)

The Horror genre has always included a wide range of films, from low-budget “B movies” and drive-in exploitation to mainstream movies and art films. However, the last decade has seen major changes for the genre, which has never been more popular than it is right now. This panel will address recent trends, including so-called A24 horror, minority and indigenous…

Room 400 | Balcony Theatre

The Daniels Kwan and Scheinert’s unconventional Everything Everywhere All at Once has already won scores of top awards from a wide range of film festivals and grossed over $100 million worldwide at the box office. In addition to awards for best directing, screenplay, editing, and music, Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis have been singled out…

Room 400 | Fine Arts Building

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has taken global cinemas by storm, earning over $1.4 billion and counting. Beyond all the box office revenues, which have provided a boost to movie theaters around the world this summer, Barbie has also spurred rave reviews from its vast fandom and critical reactions from cultural commentators. Even the French Communist…

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