USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Anne Friedberg, who published several works on film critical studies, died Oct. 9 in Los Angeles following a long struggle with colorectal cancer. She was 57.
Friedberg was married to screenwriter and USC professor Howard A. Rodman. The author of books including “Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern” and “The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft,” her work integrated film studies with art history, architecture and media studies.
She joined USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2003, and was appointed chair of the Critical Studies program in 2006. At USC, she developed a new interdivisional Ph.D. program for iMAP (Media Arts & Practice), and also established the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the U. of California at Irvine.
“Anne was one of those rare individuals who with her remarkable intellect could integrate past, present and future,” said USC dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “She was always challenging her colleagues and students to move forward and embrace change and innovation with courage and integrity.”
She was also the co-editor of an anthology of critical and theoretical writing about film, “Close Up 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism.”
Friedberg lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad and her work was translated into German, French, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian and Japanese. In addition to her work as a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Friedberg was a fellow at USC’s Annenberg Center’s “Networked Publics” research group, and was named a 2008 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
She received her Ph.D. in film studies from NYU and did her undergraduate work at Beloit College.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son.