We are sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Thomas Elsaesser. We join Vinzenz Hediger (German) and Patricia Pisters (English) in paying tribute to an extraordinary scholar.   Thomas defined the field of German screen studies over five decades, shaping the questions we ask and pushing us to follow his example in thinking them through with all the energy, breadth of vision and precision he brought to his own work. He will be much missed and deeply mourned.