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Much of Prof Barr’s recent work has centred on Alfred Hitchcock, following on from his book on English Hitchcock (Cameron & Hollis, 1999). A new edition of his study of Vertigo, for the BFI Classics series, was published by BFI/Palgrave in 2012, and his main current project is Hitchcock: Lost and Found, co-authored with the Parisian scholar Alain Kerzoncuf for publication by the University of Kentucky Press in late 2013. This is based on extensive archival research in Britain and the US, funded by an Emeritus Fellowship from the Leverhulme Foundation.
His other main research area continues to be British cinema history; he was co-writer, with its presenter Stephen Frears, of Channel 4’s centenary history, Typically British (1996). He also has work in progress on the Swedish director Victor Sjostrom and on the Hollywood melodramas of John M.Stahl.
Prof Barr taught for many years at the University of East Anglia, helping to develop one of the pioneer centres for Film Studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and he has since held Visiting Professor posts in St Louis, Dublin and Galway.
Other publications include:
- Ealing Studios (3rd edition): Cameron & Hollis (1999)
- All Our Yesterdays: 90 Years of British Cinema (editor): BFI/Museum of Modern Art (1986)
Recent work includes:
- ‘Rethinking Film History: André Bazin’s Impact in England’: Paragraph magazine (2013)
- ‘John M.Stahl and Only Yesterday’, in the online Movie: a Journal of Film Criticism, issue 4 (2013)
- ‘"Let’s Just Watch it for a Few Minutes": This is Your Life in 1958’, in Jason Jacobs and Steven Peacock (eds), Television Style and Aesthetics: Continuum (2013)
- ‘Against the Grain: Kenneth Tynan at Ealing’, in Melanie Williams et al (eds), Ealing Revisited: BFI/Palgrave (2012)
- ‘"The Knock of Disapproval": Juno and the Paycock and its Irish Reception’, in The Hitchcock Annual #17: Columbia University Press (2011)
- ‘Much Pleasure and Relaxation in these Hard Times: Churchill and Cinema in the Second World War’, in The Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television v 31 n 4 (2011)
- ‘Hitchcock and Early Film-Makers’, in Thomas Leitch and Leland Poague (eds), A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock: Wiley-Blackwell (2011)
- ‘"Is it His War as well as Hers?": The View from Ealing’, in Irish Studies Review v19 n1
- ‘Cricket and Film in 2010’, in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (2011)
- ‘Visions of Sound in City Lights’, in Tom Brown and James Walters (eds), Film Moments:
Palgrave Macmillan (2010)
- ‘Two Cities, two films’, in Jones, Mee, McDonagh (eds), Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution: Palgrave Macmillan (2009)
- ‘Irish Brother Feeney’, in Ruth Barton (ed), Screening Irish-America: Irish Academic Press (2009). Also available on Senses of Cinema website.