Peter Wollen was Chair of the Department of Film, Television and New Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. His other books include Paris/Hollywood: Writings on Film and Paris/Manhattan: Writings on Art.
Peter Wollen, the pioneering film theorist and film maker, died on Tuesday 17th December at the age of 81. His books and essays transformed the way that cinema is written about in the English speaking world, particularly his 1969 work Signs and Meaning in the Cinema, which is often regarded as one of the most influential books on cinema ever written.
In celebration of his work, we're republishing his 2001 essay "An Alphabet of Cinema", originally published in New Left Review and included in the essay collection Paris Hollywood.