Peter Labuza


30727779_10155306436730079_5775396131665492461_n.jpgPeter Labuza is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. His dissertation explores the rise of the legal profession in Hollywood and its role in reshaping both creative labor and financial management of the film industry after World War II. Labuza has received numerous fellowships and grants supporting his research from an array of archives and disciplines, including in legal, business, and Jewish history. He has published in The Velvet Light TrapMediascapeFilm QuarterlySight & Sound, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and serves as assistant book review editor for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. He has published film criticism in VarietyThe Village Voice, and Filmmaker Magazine, and hosts The Cinephiliacs podcast. Previously, Labuza earned both his BA and MA in Film Studies from Columbia University.

You can communicate with Peter via email at He also keeps an active social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Letterboxd.

Outside of his academic work, Labuza is the host of The Cinephiliacs, the author of Approaching The End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film, and served as a booklet editor for the UK Blu-Ray distributor Masters of Cinema. He has contributed to Variety, The Village Voice, Reverse Shot, The AV Club, Little White Lies, Indiewire, The LA Review of Books, Filmmaker Magazine, and RogerEbert.Com among others.

This site serves as Peter’s general resume and CV to work he has done. All writing and research can be found via the page links on the left.

If you have arrived here via a broken link to a blog post, you will find the correct story on the blog posts page. If you cannot find it there, please contact him at



One thought on “Peter Labuza

  1. Peter,
    Saw your fascinating page about what it was like to attend Moma screenings in 1935. Love to know the source of this excerpt. Thanks.

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