Michael Jeck

Michael Jeck

Michael Jeck

Assistant Professor

Japanese Studies: Japanese films, particularly the works of Akira Kurosawa; the films of Ingmar Bergman; films based on Frankenstein; Russian and Soviet films; International films on war; International Films of mystery and detection; Film production, exhibition, and distribution.

Since the 1970s Michael Jeck has programmed/curated, written and lectured about, hosted, and distributed programs of international and American films, beginning with 14 series at the late Biograph Theater, then note writing at the National Gallery of Art [continuing].  For 10 years, he ran the distribution company, R5/S8 Presents, which premiered the uncut versions of Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress and Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad. In 1991, he began writing the entire quarterly calendar of Film Forum Repertory in New York [continuing]. From 1993 to 2007, he was the on-air host of 'World View Film' and 'International Mysteries' [creator] at independent TV station MhZ. From 1994 to 2005, he was the programmer of the American Film Institute Theater: select and schedule films, write film notes for monthly programs, on-stage host [guests included Jeanne Moreau, Robert Duvall, Shabana Azmi, Werner Herzog, Milos Forman, Ridley Scott, Abbas Kiarostami, Milos Forman [3x], and Gabriel Garcia Marquez]. 
He has also done the audio commentary on Kurosawa's 7 Samurai and Throne of Blood for the Criterion Collection, and on radio Akira Kurosawa's obituary for NPR.

Current Research

Research on the national mythology in Japanese films.

Courses Taught

JAPA 320: Japanese Cinema
RUSS 470: Film in the times of Eisenstein and Tartovsky
FRLN 331: War and Film
FRLN 331: International Mysteries
JAPA 320 [summer]: The Films of Akira Kurosawa
FRLN 331 [summer]: Samurai on Screen
FAVS 225: The History of World Cinema



BA in English Literature from Yale University, MFA in Filmmaking from the Graduate Institute of Film and Television, New York University.