Matthew Solomon

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Matthew Solomon

Associate Professor

Office Location(s): 6440 North Quad
Office Hours: On Leave Winter 2014
Phone: 734-764-6119
mpsolo@umich.edu

  • About

    Matthew Solomon teaches film history and theory. He is interested in cinema’s relations to the popular and performing arts and has published on topics ranging from the origins of moving pictures to radio drama and Hollywood films of the forties. He is the author of Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century and the editor of Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès’s Trip to the Moon. He is currently working on a book about Méliès and modern visual culture.

  • Awards
    • Winner, Kraszna-Krausz Award, Best Moving Image Book for Disappearing Tricks (2011)
    • Finalist, Richard Wall Memorial Award (formerly Theatre Library Association Award) for Disappearing Tricks (2011)
    • Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Disappearing Tricks (2010)
  • Presentations
    • “Méliès: Magic and/of Moving Pictures” (guest scholar address), 38th National Undergraduate Honors Conference for Communications Arts and Sciences, DePauw University, Indiana (2012)
    • “Disappearing Tricks: Early Film and Magic,” Museum of the Moving Image, New York (2011)
    • “Méliès, Incohérent,” Méliès, carrefour des attractions, Centre Culturel International, France (2011)
    • “Méliès, Incoherent,” Film Studies Certificate Program, Graduate Center, City University of New York (2011)
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books