Joe McElhaney is the author of The Death of Classical Cinema: Hitchcock, Lang, Minnelli (SUNY Press, 2006), Albert Maysles (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and the editor of Vincente Minnelli: The Art of Entertainment (Wayne State University Press, 2009). He is the author of numerous essays in periodicals, including “Howard Hawks: American Gesture” (Journal of Film and Video) and Chris Marker: Primitive Projections (Millennium Film Journal), and in edited volumes, including “Rosemary’s Baby: Polanski, New York and the Urban Irrational” (The City That Never Sleeps/Rutgers University Press), “Preston Sturges and the Speed of Language” (Cinema and Modernity/Rutgers University Press), Fritz Lang and the Cinema of Tactility (I cinque sensi del cinema/XI Convengon Internazionale sul Cinema), “Hollywood, años cuarenta y cincuenta: transformación del modelo clásico Americano o de cómo Europa toma Hollywood por la fuerza,” for En Tránsito: De Berlin a Hollywood y Alrededors (Las Palmas), “Little Soldiers of the New Frontier: American Movies in 1963” (The 1960s: Themes and Variations/Rutgers University Press) and “Walking a Straight Line: Fassbinder and Martha” (A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder/Blackwell). His essays on Hitchcock and Minnelli include “The Object and the Face: Notorious, Bergman and the Close-Up” (Hitchcock: Past and Future/Routledge), “Hitchcock: Metteur-en-Scène” (A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock/Blackwell), “Laughter and Agony in The Long, Long Trailer or: ‘Isn’t This Fun, Honey?’” (Blackwell’s History of American Film/Blackwell) and “Medium-Shot Gestures: Vincente Minnelli and Some Came Running,” originally published in 16:9 and reprinted in Vincente Minnell: The Art of Entertainment. He is on the advisory editorial committee of The Velvet Light Trap. McElhaney is currently working on a book on the human figure in cinema.