Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Speech Communication & Theatre, Radio-TV-Film (minors: art history, theatre), Wayne State University, 1984
  • Master of Arts, Speech Communication & Theatre, Radio-TV-Film, Wayne State University, 1976
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Honors Business Administration, Marketing, University of Windsor, 1964

Professional Background

  • 2005- Present: Professor of Media Arts
  • 2003-2005: Professor of Communications
  • 1997-2003: Assoc. Professor of Communications
  • 1981-1997: Ass't. Professor of Communications
  • 1978-1980: Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, Speech Communication & Film
  • 1974-1980: Freelance Film/Video Production (grip, dolly grip, gaffer, ass't. director), Detroit
  • 1965-1970: Marketing & Media Researcher, Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Detroit
  • 1964-1974: Artist Manager & Booking Agent, LBJP Concert Agency, Detroit

Area of Expertise/Research

  • American Film Industry History (rental studio independent production in Classical Hollywood Cinema)
  • Film Production History (methods of analysis for relating production circumstances to a director's style and intentions)
  • Film Aesthetics (camera movement)


  • Books
    • Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1996.
    • The Mobile Mise En Scene. New York: Arno Press, 1978.  
  • Representative Essays

    • "David L. Loew, Renoir's 'French Method', and The Southerner", Film History: An International Journal, Volume 21, Number 23, 2009.
    • "The Lost Ballad: Max Ophuls' Last American Project," Arizona Quarterly, Fall 2004.
    • "Max Ophuls a Hollywood: adattamento, sovversione e ricaduta sul finale europeo" in Il Piacere E Il Disincanto Nel Cinema Di Max Ophuls. Milan: Editrice Il Castoro, 2003.
    • Pictures Out of the Ordinary: Seymour Nebenzal und das Package Unit System Hollywoods" in Erika Wottrich, ed., M wie Nebenzal: Nero Filmproduktion zwischen Europa und Hollywood. Munich: text + kritik, 2002.
    • "Un cineaste americain a Paris," Positif, no. 487, September 2001. 
  • Media
    • DVD Extra, "Making an American Movie: Lutz Bacher On Max Ophuls and The Reckless Moment,"  for Carlotta Films, France, 42 min. (2010).
    • DVD Commentary Track, Caught, for Second Sight Films, UK. 88 min. (2008)
    • DVD Commentary Track, The Reckless Moment, for Second Sight Films, UK, 81 min. (2006)