Competition: US & Canada
Ohio State University
Judith Mayne is Distinguished Humanities Professor of French at Ohio State University, where she has taught since 1976. Her areas of teaching and research concentration are French cinema and feminist film studies. She is the author of eight books in film studies, including The Woman at the Keyhole: Feminism and Women’s Cinema (1990), Cinema and Spectatorship (1993), Directed by Dorothy Arzner (1994), Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture (2000); and Claire Denis (2005).
Her most recent book, Le Corbeau (2007), is a study of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s controversial 1943 film about a small town inundated with anonymous poison-pen letters. Clouzot’s Le Corbeau is considered by many to be the quintessential French film of World War II, given its preoccupations with power and secrecy, betrayal and deceit. The film was produced by Continental Films, the Nazi-owned film production company that dominated feature film-making in France during the war. During her fellowship period, Judith Mayne is writing a book-length study of the 30 films produced by Continental.