Associate Professor, Film Studies
Walter has been Director of Film Studies at the University since 1970. Recognized as one of the most important scholarly authorities on the films of Luchino Visconti and the Italian cinema, he was recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Milan. He has published in Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Literature/Film Quarterly and other American and European journals on the work of Visconti, Fellini, Godard and Buñuel. He has lectured widely on Neorealism, Surrealism, and the European post-war cinema. He has been a Program Advisor for the Virginia Film Festival since its inception in 1988, and is a former editor of The Film Journal. He is currently completing a manuscript on the films of Atom Egoyan. Walter earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.