Giannalberto Bendazzi, currently an indipendent scholar, is a former Visiting Professor of History of Animation at the Nanyang Technological University
in Singapore and a former professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano. Bendazzi started his career as a journalist and always was an independent, self-funded scholar. He turned to full-time academic teaching by the end of the 1990s and has lectured extensively in all continents. An Italian by birth, Bendazzi’s best efforts are devoted to international projects.
An acclaimed author in his sphere, his best known book is Cartoons: 100 Years of Cinema Animation
(Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994), a world history of the medium published in Italian, English, French, Spanish and Persian. Bendazzi also wrote Alexeieff – Itinéraire d’un maître / Itinerary of a Master
(Paris: Dreamland, 2001 in English and French), devoted to the famous auteur of avant-garde short films.
Bendazzi‘s prolific written works include live-action cinema, especially comedy, as shown by his books The Films of Woody Allen
(Fabbri, 1984) and Mel Brooks
(Il Formichiere, 1977). His principal passion and dedication remain animation. In order to promote this medium Bendazzi writes books, retrospectives, articles, essays, contributes to and participates in festivals, delivers lectures, classes and so on.
Giannalberto Bendazzi does not love animation as a collector loves his stamps or a fan loves his football team. He deeply admires this art that has always been underestimated, or even neglected, and therefore deserves a special praise.
- Indipendent scholar (current)
- Visiting Professor, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2013-2015)
- Professor, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy (2002-2009).
- Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (2001-today; never became effective).