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Luca Caminati

Professor (Film Studies), Cinema

Luca Caminati
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4632
Availability: Office: FB 315-5
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Luca Caminati's research deals with post-colonial theory and orientalist discourses in post-WWII Italian cinema and media, with a specific interest in non-fiction film and media arts. In 2009-2010 he was the recipient of the Paul Mellon/National Endowments for the Humanities "Rome Prize", a residential fellowship awarded by the American Academy in Rome. His new book, titled Traveling Auteurs: the Geopolitical Engagements of Postwar Italian Cinema, investigates the "Third World" documentary films of political filmmakers and artists. He is currently serving as associate editor for the journal Italica.He previously taught at Colgate University and the University of Florida.


PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Laurea (Università Statale di Genova, summa cum laude)

Teaching activities

Graduate Courses

FMST 660: Approaches to the the Cinema of Pasolini

FMST600: Methods in Film Studies

FMST800D:PhD Pro-Sem: The Geopolitical Imaginary of Film Studies

FMST655D: The Essay Film

FMST665J: Cinema and Exploration

FMST635G: Postcolonial Theory and Cinema

FMST625D: Italian Neorealism in its Global Context

FMST803B: Theories and Practice of Realism in the Cinema

Undergraduate Courses

FMST 328 Non-Fiction Film Since 1956

FMST 319 The Moving Image and Society

FMST425: Contemporary Film Theory

FMST498: ¡Fake Docs!



Cinema of Exploration: Essays on an Adventurous Film Practice (co-edited with James Cahill). New York: American Film Institute/Routledge. 2021

Roberto Rossellini documentarista. Una cultura della realtà. Rome: Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia/Carocci, 2012.

Il cinema come happening. Il primitivismo pasoliniano e la scena artistica italiana degli anni SessantaCinema As HappeningPasolini’s Primitivism and the Sixties Italian Art Scene (bilingual edition)Milan: Postmedia, 2010.

Orientalismo eretico: Pasolini e il cinema del Terzo Mondo. Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2007. 

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