Brian Price

Associate Professor
inema Studies Institute and Department of Visual Studies

Office: Room 226, Innis College
Phone: 416-978-2878


Research and Teaching:

The major themes of Brian Price’s research and teaching include ontology and the moving image, morality and perception, aesthetics and politics, autonomy and hegemony, the history of film theory, colour, globalization, and the aesthetic dimensions of friendship. His recent book, Neither God Nor Master: Robert Bresson & Radical Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) picks up a number of these themes and involves a reconsideration of the religious character of Bresson’s filmmaking and the metaphysical ambitions of film theory and criticism that contributed to the endurance of Bresson’s legacy as an ascetic artist concerned solely with questions of grace and predestination. Neither God nor Master situates Bresson instead in relation to wide variety of traditions of, and discourses about, radical politics in French and Russian cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries. Price’s critique of the metaphysical suppositions of film theory and film history is currently being extended further in a new book on the so-called “elements of cinema,” moral discourse, and the production of perception. He is also at work on a book on Olivier Assayas, which understands globalization in terms of friendship.

Price is also a founding co-editor of the journal World Picture:

Past graduate seminars have included “Colour and the Moving Image” (which is also being offered in Fall 2011), “Jacques Rancière’s Film Theory,” “The French New Wave and Historical Necessity,” and “The International Avant-Garde.”


Select Publications:

Neither God Nor Master: Robert Bresson & Radical Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

On Michael Haneke. Co-edited with John David Rhodes (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010).

Color, the Film Reader. Co-edited with Angela Dalle Vacche (New York and London: Routledge, 2006).

"A Theory of Regret," World Picture 6 (Winter 2011):

"Color, Melodrama, and the Problem of Interiority," in Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ed. Brigitte Peucker (London: Blackwell, Spring 2012): 159-180.

“Moving through Images,” in The Place of the Moving Image, eds. John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011): 299-316.

“Being with Images,” Dall’inizio, alla fine, eds. Enrico Biasin and Leonardo Quaresima (Udine, Italy: Forum, 2010), 323-330.

“Bureaucracy and Visual Style,” Michael Haneke, ed. Roy Grundmann (London: Blackwell, 2010): 301-320.

"Art/Cinema and Cosmopolitanism Today," in Global Art Cinema, eds. Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010): 109-124.

"Pain and the Limits of Representation," expanded and reprinted in On Michael Haneke, eds. Brian Price and John David Rhodes (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010): 35-50.

“Nine Theses on the Failures and False Start of Film Ontology,” The Velvet Light Trap 64 (Fall 2009): 100-101.

“On Compromises,” World Picture 3 (Summer 2009).