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Mr Peter Krämer

Job: Senior Research Fellow in Cinema & TV

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: Leicester Media School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 01603 469813




Personal profile

For more than three decades, I have been researching American film history from the beginnings to the present, as well as the global dimensions of Hollywood cinema, especially its relationship with Germany. My work concentrates on thematic currents and formal developments in mainstream American cinema and on the changing social, political, cultural and industrial contexts in which films are made and seen.

I am the author of The General (BFI Film Classics, 2016), Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (BFI Film Classics, 2014), A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave ‘Controversies’, 2011), 2001: A Space Odyssey (BFI Film Classics, 2010) and The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars (Wallflower Press, 2005), and the co-editor of The Hollywood Renaissance: Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives (Black Dog, 2015), The Silent Cinema Reader (Routledge, 2004) and Screen Acting (Routledge, 1999). Born in Germany in 1961, I studied at Cologne University in Germany and at the University of East Anglia. In addition to my position at DMU, I am a Senior Fellow in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA as well as a regular guest lecturer in the Film Studies department at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) and at the University of Television and Film Munich (Germany).

Research group affiliations

Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

American film history from the beginnings to the present (with a focus on the 1960s and 1970s)

American filmmakers (from Buster Keaton and Stanley Kubrick to Steven Spielberg and James Cameron)

Blockbusters and hit patterns

Hollywood and Europe (with a particular emphasis on Germany)

Hollywood's global dimensions environmentalism and the movies

Women in contemporary Hollywood and Hollywood’s female audiences

Movie stars (from Buster Keaton and Audrey Hepburn to Jane Fonda and Sandra Bullock)


MA in Film Studies, University of East Anglia, 1986

Level III/Staff and Education Development Association Award, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme, Keele University, 1996