Roberto De Gaetano was born in Rome in 1965. He is full professor of Filmology, director of  the International PhD in Humanities, chairman of Degree Courses in Performing Arts, and he is in charge of the Audio-visual Laboratory "Raoul Ruiz" of the Department of Humanities at the University of Calabria (Italy). He is the founder and editor in chief of "Fata Morgana. Quadrimestrale di cinema e visioni"  (Quarterly Film Journal). His work has covered many fields of research, from film theory to the analysis of authors and genres of Italian cinema to the study of forms and styles of contemporary cinema. During the years, his work has had many outcomes in a number of academic issues. He has researched in film and philosophy, with particular reference to the work of Gilles Deleuze, publishing several essays and books (in both Italian and French), and participating to national and international conferences. 

He has also dealt with issues and specific experiences of the history of Italian cinema, from a mainly theoretical and critical point of view, with particular attention to the forms of the grotesque, and lastly to Nanni Moretti. He has also investigated the relationship between aesthetics and the thought of cinema in Italy. 

Among his books: Il cinema secondo Gilles Deleuze (1996), Robert Bresson. Il paradosso del cinema (1998), Il corpo e la maschera. Il grottesco nel cinema italiano (1999), Il visibile cinematografico (2002), Teorie del cinema in Italia (2005), L’immagine contemporanea. Cinema e mondo presente (2010), Politica delle immagini. Su Jacques Rancière  (ed., 2011), Nanni Moretti. Lo smarrimento del presente (2011), La potenza delle immagini. Il cinema, la forma e le forze  (2012), Lessico del cinema italiano. Forme di rappresentazione e forme di vita (ed., 2014)