Frank P. Tomasulo

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Frank P. Tomasulo is an American film critic, theoretician, and historian. He received his M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University and his Ph. D. in Film and Television from UCLA. He served as editor of the Journal of Film and Video from 1991 to 1996 and Cinema Journal from 1997 to 2002.

He has published widely on U.S. and international cinema, American television, and screen acting. He has been a longtime advocate for the modernist cinema and an outspoken critic of the early movies of American director Steven Spielberg. His anthology on film performance, More than a Method, was co-edited with Diane Carson and Cynthia Baron.[1]

Tomasulo has taught a wide variety of film history, theory, production, and screenwriting classes at UCLA, Ithaca College, Cornell University, the University of California–Santa Cruz, Georgia State University, Southern Methodist University, and Florida State University, as well as being an academic administrator. He currently teaches independent film and other cinema courses at The City College of New York, City University of New York; television history and criticism at Sarah Lawrence College; and cinema history and The Films of Alfred Hitchcock at Pace University. In addition, Tomasulo teaches on-line graduate seminars on Silent Cinema, American Film History, and Italian Cinema for National University.

In 2009, Tomasulo became the first recipient of the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Teaching Award.


  1. ^ More Than a Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Screen Performance, with Diane Carson and Cynthia Baron. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004. Nominated for the 2005 Theatre Library Association Book Award.