Noël Burch, born in 1932 in the United States, graduated from the Institut des hautes études cinèmatographiques in 1954. He has taught courses in film studies and film theory at numerous universities, including New York University; the Royal College of Art, London; Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Brussels; Ohio State University; and the Institut des hautes études cinèmatographiques in Paris. Burch is known for his theoretical writings, including Theory of Film Practice (1973), To the Distant Observer: Form and Meaning in the Japanese Cinema (1979), and La Lucarne de l’infini (Life to Those Shadows) (1990). Burch’s films include What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985) and Aller simple (Tres historias del Río de la Plata) (1998). His film The Forgotten Space (2010), created in collaboration with Allan Sekula, won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

Noël Burch lives and works in France.