Dr. László Strausz

Assistant professor

Since 1998 László Strausz has been working as a freelance writer on film for various journals and websites. After obtaining his MA in Philosophy at the University of Pécs, Hungary, he moved to the US to study at the doctoral school of the Georgia State University. Upon the completion of his dissertation on the development of stylistic norms in cinema, he worked for various universities both in the US and the UK. His research interests include cinema and historical memory, politics of style, Eastern European Cinemas, and the aesthetics and narrative theory of motion pictures.

Areas of Teaching/ Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Eastern European Cinema after 1989
  • Screen Media and Cultural Memory
  • Institutional History of American Cinema
  • Classical and Contemporary Film Theories
  • Film Analysis

Areas of Supervision

  • Screen Media and History
  • Screen Media and Cultural Memory
  • Contemporary Film Theories
  • Contemporary Hungarian Cinema
  • Romanian Cinema

Selected Publications

In English

  • “Manufacturing histories: the construction of 1989 on the Romanian screen.” In. Romanian Cinema in the Cultural Framework: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Film, Literature, History and the Visual Arts) Ed. Dominique Nasta. Les Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles. Forthcoming. 2022.
  • “Move on Down. Precarity and Downward Mobility in Contemporary Hungarian Feature Films” In.
    Precarity in European Films. Depictions and discourses. Eds: Elisa Cuter, Guido Kirsten and Hanna Prenzel. DeGruyter. Forthcoming, 2022.
  • “Instrumentalization of the border zone. Environment and ideology in the educational films of the BM Filmstúdió.” Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies. Vol. 20, 2021, 151-164.
  • “From affect to instrument: interpellation and governmentality in the BM Filmstúdió collection”, Studies in Eastern European Cinema. 11:2 (2020), pp. 157-172.
  • “Hesitant Journeys: fugitive and migrant narratives in the new Romanian Cinema”, in Journeys On Screen: Theory, ethics and aesthetics. (eds.) Louis Bayman—Natália Pinazza. Edinburgh University Press. 2019. pp. 130-146.
  • Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • “Realism under Construction: Radu Jude’s It Can Pass Through the Wall”, Short Film Studies. 7: 2 (2017) pp. 149-52.
  • “Márta Mészáros.” Co-authored with Parvulescu, Constantin. In Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199791286/obo-9780199791286-0203.xml 2016.
  • “Producing Prejudice: The Rhetoric of Discourses in and around Current Films on Roma-Hungarian Interethnic Relations.” Romani Studies 5, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2014), 1–24.
  • “Back to the Past: Mnemonic themes in contemporary Hungarian cinema.” East European Film Bulletin. http://eefb.org/essays/back-to-the-past/ March 2014.
  • “Archeology of Flesh: History and Body-Memory in Taxidermia.” Jump Cut. 53 (2011) http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc53.2011/strauszTaxidermia/index.html
  • “On the River: History as a Palimpsestic Narrative in The Danube Exodus.” Film-Philosophy. 15.1 (2011) 100-117. https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/film.2011.0006
  • “The Politics of Style in Miklós Jancsó’s The Red and the White and The Lord’s Lantern in Budapest.” Film Quarterly. 2009 Vol. 62, No. 3, pp. 41-47.
  • “Cinema and National Identity” Co-authored with Restivo, Angelo. Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. (eds.) Guthram Herb and David Kaplan. ABC-CLIO. 2008.

In Hungarian

  • “Realizmus és modernizmus között: hezitáció és az új roman film értelmezésének keretei” Metropolis. 2017/2.
  • “Visszabeszélés és önegzotizálás.” Pannonhalmi Szemle 2014/1 104-119.
  • “Vissza a múltba: az emlékezés tematikája fiatal magyar rendezőknél” Metropolis. 2011/3.
  • “Az identitás régészete: Film és festészet” Déli Felhõ. 1998/3. 6-14.

Contact Details

Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies

Department of Film Studies
Eötvös Loránd University
Mail: Múzeum krt. 6-8., 1088 Budapest, Hungary

E-mail: strausz.laszlo_at_btk.elte.hu