Tom Gunning is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Art History, and the College. He works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work comprises approximately one hundred publications and has concentrated on early cinema from its origins to WWI, as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose. He has written on the Avant-Garde film, both in its European pre-WWI manifestations and the American Avant-Garde film up to the present day. He has also written on genre in Hollywood cinema and on the relation between cinema and technology. The issues of film culture, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and spectator's experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.