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Resources for the Film studies Researcher

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Harrison's Reports and Film Reviews
LC Call Number: PN1995 .H383 1991
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference Collection
Reprint of  trade publication, 1919-1962; includes 17,000 reviews of  feature films, traces history of the development of the motion picture industry.


The Academy Awards Handbook.
New York: Windsor, 1994-.
LC Call Number: PN1993.92.H37 2000
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks


Gives history of Academy Awards, with a year-by-year listing of all nominations in every category, every winner and every loser, hundreds of exciting photos of favorite stars, index.


Bowles, Stephen E. The Film Anthologies Index. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1994.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 B337 1994
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

This work indexes thousands of articles, books and films about all aspects of cinema. One can find works published in compilations and anthologies listed by author. Contains an authors index, title index, and is cross-referenced by subject in the general index.


Brown, Gene, ed. The New York Times Encyclopedia of Film. New York: New York Times Book Company, 1984.
LC Call Number: PN1993.45 .N4 1984
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

These volumes reprint every film review written in the New York Times from 1896-1979. The reviews are chronological, and facsimiles of the articles were taken from microfilms of the newspaper since paper copies were not available for the oldest reviews. The index to titles, subjects and names make this work valuable, since there are no other finding aids. The information included about the films varies with the policy of the paper or reviewer over the decades.


Case Christopher. The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1996.
LC Call Number: PN1998 .C323 1996
Location: Wells Library - Undergraduate Collection - Reference

This volume is excellent for finding films with similar themes/characters. Two sections: films by title; and categories and genres list over 8000 films and 1600 categories. The title entries list the year produced; rating; running time; production company; a synopsis of the plot; and the designation of a category listing films with similar themes. Two appendices offer box office hits by year, and star ratings by year.


Film Criticism. Edinboro, PA: Alleghany College, 1997-.
LC Call Number: PN1993 .F383
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks (Current issues in Current Periodicals Collection)

Published by Alleghany College. Criticism and essays, covers other such things as film festivals and cinema-related books.


Film History. New York: Taylor and Francis, 1987-.
LC Call Number: PN1993 .F56
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks (Current issues in Current Periodicals Collection)

Published in conjunction with Indiana University Press. Primarily essays. Range of interest is from the technical and entrepreneurial innovations of early and pre-cinema experiments, through all aspects of the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of commercial and non-commercial motion pictures.


Fisher, Kim N. On the Screen: A Film, Television and Video Research Guide. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1986.
LC Call Number: Z4784 .M9 F535 1986
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Despite its dated publication date, On the Screen stills acts as one of the best bibliographies on film and television. Fourteen sections separate film and television by types of reference works, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, societies, directories, etc. Entries are alphabetical by section, each section has two parts, one for film and one for television, and contain bibliographic information and a brief annotation.


Hanson, Patricia King, and Stephen L. Hanson, eds. Film Review Index 1882-1985. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1986.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 F513 1986
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

These two volumes present a retrospective bibliography of reviews, criticism and history of specific films which have become known to be of special interest to researchers and students. The volumes break the century of cinema history into two sections, 1882-1949 and 1950-1985 and include an alphabetical listing of films, a directors index, a year produced index and a country produced index.


Hardy, Phil, ed. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction. Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 1994.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .S26 H3 1994
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

International in scope, this encyclopedia is arranged chronologically and alphabetically within each year. A short critical synopsis of the film is given along with film stills where possible. the credits of the film are given including major cast, director, production company, running time and country of origin.


Hardy, Phil, ed. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Horror. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1994.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 H6 M5 1994
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

This encyclopedia is similar in organization to the volume on science fiction. There are other, more complete listings of horror films available, but the Overlook version is the most contemporary, easiest to use and best illustrated. the title index provides translations and cross references for foreign films.


Pendergast, Tom, and Sara Pendergast, eds. International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. 4th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.
LC Call Number: PN1997.8 I58 2001
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

Presented in four volumes dedicated (in order) to: Films; Directors; Actors and Actresses; and Writers and Production Artists, this beautifully illustrated work offers encyclopedic and bibliographic information about selected members of the aforementioned professions. International in scope, and therefore remarkable, the Films volume, contains 680 entries with production information; a list of cast and crew; a bibliography on the film, and an essay by a specialist in that area.


Hirschorn, Clive. The Hollywood Musical. London: Octopus Books Limited, 1981.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 M86 H5 1981
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

If Altman provides critical genre analysis, (see Altman below) Hirschorn provides the comprehensive resource to the musical films themselves. Brilliantly illustrated in full color, this oversize books lists films chronologically from the twenties through 1980 emphasizing the songs each film produced. There are five additional indexes which give access to; film titles, song and music titles, performers, composers and lyricists, and other creative personnel.


Journal of Film and Video. Chicago: University Film and Video Association, 1984-.
LC Call Number: PN1993 . U63
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Essays and book reviews. Focuses on scholarship in the fields of film and video production, history theory, criticism and aesthetics. Published by University of Illinois.


Journal of Popular Film and Television Analysis. Bowling Green, OH: The Journal, 1978-.
LC Call Number: PN1993 . J86
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks (Current issues in Current Periodicals Collection)

Contains essays and book reviews. International in scope.


Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. New York: Harper Collins, 1994.
LC Call Number: PN1993.45 .K34 1994
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

Katz has produced short (and some not so short) essays on the movements, theories, major films and directors in a volume that serves as one of the most respected single volume encyclopedia of film. While the entries are not about specific films so much as they are about genres, study, significant individuals and the history of film, Katz has accomplished, if not a comprehensive resource, an erudite and educational volume. The articles are alphabetical with a subject and keyword index.


Klotman, Phyllis Rauch. Frame by Frame: A Black Filmography. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1979.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .N4 K57
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; African-American Cultural Center Library - Reference

Klotman, Phyllis Rauch and Gloria Gibson. Frame by Frame II: A Filmography of the African American Image 1978-1994. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1997.
LC Call Number: PN 1995.9 .N4 K58 1997
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference; African-American Cultural Center Library - Reference

These two volumes are an alphabetical listing of films by and about Blacks in the United States. There are performers, writers, directors and producers indexes in addition to the alphabetical listing of films. Not a critical filmography, Frame by Frame attempts to be a totality of known films having in some aspect relevance to African Americans.


Langman, Larry and Ed Borg, eds. Encyclopedia of American War Films. New York: Garland Publishing, 1989.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .W3 L36 1989
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

This book attempts a comprehensive encyclopedia of movies, cartoons, documentaries, and short subjects about war made in America. Alphabetically listed with many, "see" and "see also" references, the films are listed with major credits and varying lengths of descriptive essays. The appendices offer lists of biographical films, academy award winning films and a list of wars and corresponding movies.


Manchel, Frank. Film Study: An Analytical Bibliography. Cranbury, NJ: Associated UP, 1990.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 M34 1990
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

An exhaustive work in four volumes, Film Study provides critical analysis of authors and works on every aspect of film study. The types of works include books, theoretical and critical essays, popular literature, and films from around the world.


Nachbar, John G. Western Films: An Annotated Critical Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1975.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 N22
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

Nachbar, John G., Jackie Donath and Chris Foran. Western Films II: An Annotated Critical Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 N332 1988
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

Western Films and Western Films II are similar in organization, offering critical annotations to reference sources, criticism, history, individuals, performers, directors, theories, and comparative studies. The volumes include author and subject indices. In the ten years since its last edition, many more westerns have been made, and much more scholarship on the western has been published. The time has come for another edition of this unique work.


Provinzano, Linda, and Deborah Stern Klar, eds. Film Literature Index. Albany, New York: Film and Television Documentation Center, 1973-1997.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 F46
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

This quarterly author/subject index offers citations to international periodical literature on all aspects of film, and television/video. It is designed for the general reader and offers the most comprehensive survey available of film and video production; study and teaching, criticism, business, history, biography and interview. It indexes over 300 periodicals and separates film and video into two sections.


Quarterly Review of Flm and Video: QRFV. Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1989-.
LC Call Number: PN1993 . Q3
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks (Current issues in Current Periodicals Collection)

Publishes essays, book reviews and interviews. Scope is international and interdisciplinary.


Rehrauer, George. Cinema Booklist Supplements One and Two. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1974, 1977.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 R34 Supp.
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

This an annotated, critical bibliography contains thousands of entries covering every aspect of filmmaking and criticism. Entries are listed by title, author and category. Includes scripts, reviews, popular literature and critical essays.


Rehrauer, George. The Macmillan Film Bibliography. New York: Macmillan, 1982.
LC Call Number: Z5784 .M9 R423 1982
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

This book of over 6500 books on film is a valuable resource to the researcher for retrospective bibliography. In some ways this work updates Cinema Booklist, though its arrangement is less accessible (alphabetical by title of book). Macmillan Film Bibliography includes an index to titles and authors.


Shale, Richard. The Academy Awards Index: the Complete Categorical and Chronological Record. London: Greenwood Press, 1993.
LC Call Number: PN1993.92 .S43 1993
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

Beginning with an historical and explanatory essay about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this work records every nominee and recipient of every award offered in the first 65 years of the awards. Appendices list nominees and winners of six categories of honorary and special awards, and a list of discontinued awards. A full index of categories names and titles is included.



Databases
The following databases can be found by following on the Film Studies database page.

American Film Institute Catalog
Coverage: 1893-1970 (excluding 1951-1960)

Draws its content from six printed volumes that document every American film from 1893 to 1970 (except 1951 to 1960). Search records by keywords, film title, cast, crew, and character names, subject, genre, and release year. Most records include extensive plot summaries.


American Film Scripts Online
Coverage: 1903-2002

Contains 135 film texts by 201 writers. Includes biographical information on writers.


Film Index International
Coverage: 1930-present

Contains film and person records from the British Film Institute covering world cinema from over 170 countries.


International Film Archive
Coverage: Unknown

International index to film/TV periodicals, thesaurus, list of periodicals indexed, and the FIAF databases. List of FIAF members; bibliography of FIAF members' publications and directory of film/TV documentation collections included.


International Index to the Performing Arts
Coverage: 1864-present

Covers scholarly articles and book and performance reviews.


Theoretical and Secondary Sources

Altman, Rick. The American Film Musical. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1987.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .M86 A48 1987
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Wells Library - Undergraduate Collection - Stacks

This work is a theoretical genre analysis of the American musical. The book addresses the musical genre as a whole, analyzing structure and style, then separates the form into sub-genres: the Fairy tale Musical, the Show Musical and the Folk Musical. Valuable to the student or scholar, but not intended to be comprehensive, Altman offers a yearly table by sub-genre in even greater detail than the three categories listed above, and numerous black and white film stills.


Andrew, Dudley. The Major Film Theories. New York: Oxford UP, 1976.
LC Call Number: PN1995 .A5
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Though this volume is almost thirty years old, it provides an excellent explanatory introduction to the historically important theories of film. Through reading film theory, Andrew believes, we broaden the types of films we can enjoy, and intensify the experience of the films of our youth. Andrew interprets several theorists from the classic to the contemporary in terms of form and function.


Barnouw, Eric. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. New York: Oxford UP, 1974.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .D6 B26
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Wells Library - Undergraduate Collection - Stacks; Journalism Library - Stacks

Barnouw, Eric. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1993.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .D6 B37 1993
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

The book chronicles documentary film from its very beginnings in the late nineteenth century, the beginning of cinema itself. Trends in the genre are examined and biographies of important filmmakers are included as are listings of major films.


Barsam, Richard Meran. Non-Fiction Film: A Critical History. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1973.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .D6 B28
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Wells Library - Undergraduate Collection - Stacks; Education Library - Stacks; Journalism Library - Stacks

Emphasizing The U.S. and British filmmaking, this history begins by setting out basic distinctions in non-fiction, or documentary, film. The author identifies John Grierson and Paul Rotha as prolific pioneers in the production and theorizing of the genre. Breaking the history into decade long sections, the book presents the progress of documentary with numerous film stills, appendices and a comprehensive bibliography.


Barsam, Richard Meran, ed. Non-Fiction Film Theory and Criticism. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1976.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .D6 N57
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Barsam, Richard Meran, ed. Non-Fiction Film Theory and Criticism. Rev. and expanded ed. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1992.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .D6 N57 1992
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

This book attempts to describe and analyze the genre of documentary film in its entirety. It presents 25 essays from the thirties to the mid seventies, and then subdivides them into four sections representing theory, history, and artists. The fourth section describes the production of important films in the genre's development.


Bazin, Andre. What is Cinema?. 2 vols. Berkeley: U of California P, 1971.
LC Call Number: PN1994 .B28
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Wells Library - Undergraduate Collection - Stacks

These two volumes are a collection of essays that map out the cinematic theory of Andre Bazin. He was the teacher and friend of Jean Renoir, Francois Truffaut. His theory is elaborated in essays about directors, movements in film, and actors. Bazin writes on the aesthetics of the photographic image, the language of cinema, and the comparison between painting and cinema.


Bordwell, David, and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction. 5th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 1997.
LC Call Number: PN1995 .B617 1997
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

This is an introductory textbook to the aesthetics of film. It intentionally ignores industrial or instructional film because its focus is on film as an art form. For the same reason, it ignores the history of film and its impact as a mass medium. The work emphasizes the function of film; how they are created; and how we may critically analyze films.


Bordwell, David and Noel Carroll, eds. Post Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1996.
LC Call Number: PN1994 .P6565 1996
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

This collection of essays is not about the end of film theory, as its title suggests, but it is about the end of an overarching Grand Theory of film which lies heavily in the psychoanalytic. These essays present solid ideas about film aesthetics and construction without relying on psychoanalytic frameworks. Several of the essays speak directly to problems inherent in major film theory as it was written about in the 1980s.


Bordwell, David, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson. The Classical Hollywood Cinema. New York: Columbia UP, 1985.
LC Call Number: PN1993.5 .U6 B655 1985
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Journalism Library - Stacks

This work is a theoretical proposition that identifies a mode of film production called classical because it is based in tradition, rules of decorum, systems of imitation, and craftsmanship. Bordwell and Thompson postulate that the system of filmmaking in Hollywood from the 1920s through the end of W.W.II are ideologically and mechanistically similar enough to constitute a theory of film production. Implicit in this idea is the systematic manipulation of the spectator?s perception.


Brosnan, John. Primal Screen: A History of Science Fiction Film. London: Orbit Books, 1991.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .S26 B73 1991
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Primal Screen offers a chronological history of science fiction film from the earliest Melies's productions like A Trip to the Moon (1902) to the modern dystopic visions of films like Brazil, Mad Max, and Escape from New York. This work is light and informative and offers a general index.


Eisenstein, Sergei. Film Form. New York: Harcourt Brace , 1949, 1969.
LC Call Number: PN1995 .E29
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Eisenstein, Sergei. Film Sense. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1947, 1969.
LC Call Number: PN1995 .E3 1947
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

These two works are a compilation of Eisenstein's essays on the aesthetics and social function of the media of cinema. The most prominent, and well known of his ideas have to do with the creation of a dialectic with the viewer through montage of images. Eisenstein sought to educate and transform the spectator through the juxtaposition of disparate images in order to create associations in the consciousness of the spectator.


Gehring, Wes D. Handbook of American Film Genres. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
LC Call Number: PN1993.5 .U6 H335 1988
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

This work defines five major genre types and within these multiple sub-genres. Genres like Comedy or the Musical are much more broadly defined than genres in which a time and place are set, as in the Gangster film or Western. The essays presented here try to locate the genres in an historical context and present theoretical information as well as selected filmographies and bibliographies.


Mast, Gerald. Short History of the Movies. 6th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1996.
LC Call Number: PN1993.5 .A1 M39
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Journalism Library - Stacks

Mast attempts not only to concisely chronicle the historical development of the cinema in these 400 odd pages, but also outlines an analysis of the aesthetics of an art form. The organization of the book is loosely chronological but it is also geographic, based on technological advancement, and based on major cinematic movements. The book is thoroughly illustrated.


O'Connor, John E., ed. Image as Artifact: The Historical Analysis of Film and Television. Malabar, FL: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Company 1990.
LC Call Number: D16.18 .I45 1990
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks

Documentary goes beyond simply informing the audience about a subject, or presenting a creative rendering of reality. Documentary is an actual historical artifact, giving us insight far beyond its content. O'Connor argues that the moving image should be used as an historical and educational tool for the history classroom.


Powers, Stephen P., David J. Rothman, and Stanley Rothman. Hollywood's America. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .S6 P67 1996
Locations: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Journalism Library - Stacks

This work is unique in that it is the only work of its kind that attempts an analysis of social and political themes in motion pictures from an empirical social science perspective. It includes an extensive number of tables derived from massive surveys and content analysis. In contrast to most film aesthetics, the authors believe the content of the films and attitudes of the people who make films can reveal with scientific precision cultural mores and trends. Hollywood's America surveys the personalities and political views of the leadership in motion picture production from the past four decades.


Silver Alain, and Elizabeth Ward. Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to theAmerican Style. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1992.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .F54 1992
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Reference

A beautifully illustrated volume, Film Noir provides an alphabetical listing of Noir and neo-Noir films as well as five subject specific appendices. The editors posit that, like the western, Noir is a self contained filmic art form that neither borrows from nor interprets a literary or other artistic media tradition. the name Noir comes from the French critics who first recognized the thematic underpinnings which delineate the style in post W.W.II American film.


Wright, Will. Six-Guns and Society: A Structural Study of the Western. Berkeley: U of California P, 1975.
LC Call Number: PN1995.9 .W5 W94
Location: Wells Library - Research Collection - Stacks; Wells Library Undergraduate Collection - Stacks

This book is a study of Westerns as 20th century American myths. Wright purports that the Western reflects our prominent societal beliefs, and he identifies four basic plots which illustrate these cultural trends. The classic plot of the lone gunfighter, the vengeance plot, the couple rejected by society and the mercenary hero. A criticism of the work is that Wright's selects only the titles that tend to back up his thesis, rather than examining the full catalog of titles for the time periods in which he writes.

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