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Johannes Riis

Johannes Riis

Associate Professor

My main interest is film theoretical and I have long been focused on film acting and the power of performances for affecting our experience of moving image narratives. I'm the author of Spillets kunst (2003) on emotions and nonverbal meaning, and I have contributed to encyclopedias, anthologies, and journals on this and other issues. Currently I'm working on a book-length study of film acting styles between 1920 and 1980, adressing American, European and Asian actor-director collaborations. I'm particularly interested in cognitive film theory and have attended the SCSMI conferences for years. A secondary interest is that of media industries, in particular issues of distribution and ownership, and I have a particular liking for short film narratives.

I have been teaching course on film theory and analysis, as well as institutions and organizations, inclduing a course concurrent with students' internships. Since 2005 I have been a member of the board at Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, since 2017 on the board for Carl Th. Dreyers Mindefond.


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Communicative Functions of Performer Expressiveness and Their Artistic and Aesthetic Aspects: Analysis of a Scene from Smiles of a Summer Night

    Riis, J. 10 Oct 2017 In : Projections (New York). 11, 2, p. 49-66

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published


    Riis, J. 2009 The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film. Livingston, P. & Plantinga, C. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 3-11 8 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  3. Published

    Can involuntary contributions be authored?: A note on the Actor's art

    Riis, J. 2005 Visual Authorship: Creativity and intentionality in the Media. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, p. 87-101 15 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  4. Published

    Naturalist and classical styles in early sound film acting

    Riis, J. 2004 In : Cinema Journal. 3, p. 3-17 15 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Spillets kunst - følelser i film

    Riis, J. 2003 København: Museum Tusculanum. 264 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook

  6. Published

    Bogey's Imaginative Contribution

    Riis, J. 2002 In : P.o.v.. 14, p. 199-235 37 p.

    Research output: ResearchJournal article

  7. Published

    Is a Realist Style Aimed at Providing an Illusion?

    Riis, J. 2002 Realism and Reality in Film and Media. København: Museum Tusculanum, p. 93-115 23 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  8. Published

    L'expérience émotionelle et le style: Le troisième sens, l'excès et le sublime vus à la lumière

    Riis, J. 2002 In : Cinémas. 12, 2, p. 117-134 18 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Tæt på og langt fra: Den romerske storfilms genfødsel

    Riis, J. 2000 In : Kosmorama. 226, p. 116-133 19 p.

    Research output: ResearchJournal article

  10. Published

    Towards a Poetics of the Short Film

    Riis, J. 1998 In : P.o.v.. 5, p. 133-150 18 p.

    Research output: ResearchJournal article

  11. Published

    Actor/Character Dualism: The Case of Luis Buñuel's Paradoxical Characters

    Riis, J. Aug 2012 Acting and Performance in Moving Image Culture: Bodies, Screens, and Renderings. Sternagel, J., Levitt, D. & Mersch, D. (eds.). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, p. 131-43 13 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

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