David Pratt


Film & Media Studies

Office: Rich Bldg 213

Phone: 404-727-8030

Email: dpratt@emory.edu


  • PhD, Emory University, 2004
  • MA, Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
  • BA, Philosophy, Clark University, 1977


David B. Pratt researches and teaches courses in the history of classical American Hollywood cinema, German émigré film directors and authorship.  Classes he has taught include Introduction to Film; Documentary film; Film History; Indian Cinema; Weimar Cinema; Fritz Lang; Ernst Lubitsch; Preston Sturges and the Coen Brothers; the Gangster Film; the Prison Film; the Western; and the year 1932.  He also helps coordinate and publicize the Emory Cinematheque series.


Pre-Code Hollywood; the gangster film; Ernst Lubitsch, the German film “invasion” of American screens from 1920 to 1922.



"'We Must Make the Government Tremble": Political Filmmaking in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu," The Velvet Light Trap 34 (Fall 1994): 10-39.

"Fit Food for Madhouse Inmates" The Box Office Reception of the German Invasion of 1921," Griffithiana 48/49 (October 1993): 97-157.

"Ernst Lubitsch: The Early Years," program notes for Goethe-Institut / Emory University film series Fall 1992.

"'O, Lubitsch, Where Wert Thou?' Passion, the German Invasion & the Emergence of the Name 'Lubitsch,'" Wide Angle 13.1 (January 1991): 34-70.

(with Matthew Bernstein) "Comic Ambivalence in Risky Business," Film Criticism 10.3 (Spring 1985): 33-43.

Book reviews

“Coming Attractions: Reading American Movie Trailers,” Film Quarterly 60.3 (Spring 2007): 86-7.

"The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky," Film Quarterly 50.1 (Fall 1996): 49-51.

"Five Filmmakers," Film Quarterly 49.2 (Winter 1995-6): 56-8.