Breixo Viejo

Breixo Viejo is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Film Studies Program at Barnard College, New York, and Senior Research Associate in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society at University College, London. His main research focuses on the history of experimental and independent film, diasporic cinemas, and alternative modes of film production in Europe and the Americas. He holds an MA degree in Media Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York, and a PhD in Film History (Cum Laude) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has been a visiting scholar at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Freie Universität zu Berlin, Columbia University in New York, and Casa Buñuel in Mexico City. He has received awards from the DAAD, the UK Arts Council, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Viejo is the author of the books Música moderna para un nuevo cine: Eisler, Adorno y el Film Music Project (Madrid: Akal, 2008), an in-depth analysis of the intersection of critical theory and film, and Film Books (New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2016), a visual history of cinema literature from 1895 to present day. He is currently co-editing with Jo Evans Luis Buñuel: A Life in Letters, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019, and writing the first critical biography on the exiled Catalan-Cuban cineaste Néstor Almendros.

Viejo has extensively written on avant-garde political cinema and the film work of directors such as Joris Ivens, Joseph Losey, Dalton Trumbo, Samuel Beckett, Alain Resnais, and Jim Jarmusch. His articles and reviews have been published in international journals, including The Times Literary Supplement, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and Archivos de la Filmoteca.


Luis Buñuel: A Life in Letters (edited with Jo Evans), London and New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019

Film Books: A Visual History, New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2016

Música moderna para un nuevo cine: Eisler, Adorno y el Film Music Project, Madrid: Akal, 2008  

Samuel Beckett: Obra para cine y televisión (edited with David Cortés), Madrid: Museo Reina Sofía, 2006


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MA, New School for Social Research

PhD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid