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Dr Iris Luppa

Dr Iris Luppa

Film and Media

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I am Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. I hold a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.

My MA in Film and Drama and PhD in Film Studies were both completed at the University of Reading and I have taught at LSBU since 2007.My research interests include Weimar cinema and theatre, writing on film in Germany in the 1920s and Weimar exile directors in Hollywood. I have a specialism in the films of Fritz Lang's Weimar period.

My research is broadly concerned with Weimar cinema and culture, in particular the relationship between film and theatre. My research is mostly centered around the films of Fritz Lang and his collaboration with Thea von Harbou between 1919-1933 and the early films of Max Ophuls. My research also focuses on the influence of Bertolt Brecht's theatrical concepts on filmmaking in Weimar cinema's pre-fascist period and Weimar film criticism, particularly the writing of Herbert Ihering and Andor Kraszna-Krausz. Other strands of my research explore the continued influence of Weimar modernism on films made in Hollywood during the classical period by Weimar exile directors. I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on any aspect of my research interests.

Courses taught

Film and Television Practice - BA (Hons)


University of Reading


Westminster College, Oxford

Lecturer in Film Studies

Lecturer and academic research

University of Kingston
External examiner


Film Studies and Film Production

September 1916
September 2020
Plymouth College of Arts
External examiner

Revalidation panel

Film Studies and Film Production

December 2020
August 2021

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‘The Great Unknown’- Thea von Harbou’s script for Dr Mabuse, der Spieler (Fritz Lang, Germany,1922)
Luppa, I. (2023). ‘The Great Unknown’- Thea von Harbou’s script for Dr Mabuse, der Spieler (Fritz Lang, Germany,1922). Screen Journal. 64 (1), pp. 87-94.