Born in 1960 in a working-class region of eastern of France, Laurent Jullier is director of research at the Institut de Recherches sur le Cinéma et l’Audiovisuel (IRCAV) at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle and professor of film studies at the Institut Européen de Cinéma et d’Audiovisuel (IECA) at the University of Nancy II. He worked in several professions before receiving his doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1994. A cinephile since his younger days, although not in the way the French cinephile establishment understands the word, he has retained a taste for popular films and gladly takes them on as objects of study. He has written several articles for Esprit and for the Encyclopædia Universalis, as well as a dozen books, among which several have been translated (into Spanish, Portugese, Italian, German, Chinese and Korean). Their subject is cinema or images in general. Holywood et la difficulté d’aimer, published by Stock in 2004, won the Union of French Cinema Critics's prize for best book.