Richard Barsam

Richard Barsam (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is the author of Nonfiction Film: A Critical History (rev., exp. ed. 1992), The Vision of Robert Flaherty: The Artist as Myth and Filmmaker (1988), In the Dark: A Primer for the Movies (1977), and Filmguide to "Triumph of the Will" (1975); editor of Nonfiction Film Theory and Criticism (1976); and contributing author to Paul Monaco’s The Sixties: 1960–1969 (Vol. 8, History of the American Cinema, 2001) and Filming Robert Flaherty’s "Louisiana Story": The Helen Van Dongen Diary (ed. Eva Orbanz, 1998). His articles and book reviews have appeared in Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Film Comment, Studies in Visual Communication, and Harper’s. He has been a member of the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Editorial Board of Cinema Journal, and the Board of Advisers of the History of American Cinema series, and he cofounded the journal Persistence of Vision.

Books by Richard Barsam

  1. Book CoverClip Guide: for Looking at Movies, Fifth Edition

    This new, invaluable class-prep tool suggests a wide range of clips for illustrating film concepts covered in the text. Each entry includes a time stamp so instructors know just where to go in a film, and brief notes to explain how to use the clip effectively in class. The guide includes examples from the text, as well as additional suggestions from the authors and other film teachers, giving adopters an easy way to add fresh perspectives to their courses.More

  2. Book CoverLooking at Movies

    Fifth Edition

    Film analysis starts here.More

  3. Book CoverWriting About Movies

    Fourth Edition

    The most succinct, practical, and affordable introduction to thinking and writing about film.More