An East German Indianerfilm: the bear in sheep’s clothing


Vera Dika

Vera Dika holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and has taught at UCLA and USC.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Film Studies at New Jersey City University.  Specializing in American film, Dika is the author of two books, Recycled Culture in Contemporary Art and Film: the Uses of Nostalgia (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Games of Terror: Halloween and the Films of the Stalker Cycle 1978-1983, (Fairleigh Dickenson University Press, 1991).  She has written film criticism for Art in America, Artforum, and The Los Angeles Times, and other publications

Dika’s critical writings also appear in a number of anthologies.  Her essay “The Representation of Ethnicity in The Godfather” is included in The Godfather Trilogy, (Cambridge University Press, 2001).  Professor Dika was a founding editor of Millennium Film Journal, and is currently an Associate Member of the Columbia University Film Seminar. 

In 2005 Professor Dika was awarded an NEH grant to attend a Summer Seminar on “German and European Studies” at Smith College.  The essay in this journal is a result of her study there.  Dika’s current research includes transnational cultural exchanges, and cross media studies.  She has recently co-curated a show at the American Museum of the Moving Image entitled, “Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies”.  Her next book is The Role of the Cinematic in Downtown Film and Art, a study of art practice in the late 1970s and 1980s which incorporated film as medium and as an inspiration.