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Film & Video Studies / Screen Arts & Cultures

Selected resources useful for conducting research on moving image media of all kinds, including cinema (popular movies, documentaries, animation, etc.), television, and digital media (video games, etc.).

Background facts and figures about feature films and cinema

All Movie Guide A database of films, videotapes, and DVDs featuring extensive factual and descriptive data, including ratings and many subject headings that allow you to find films with similar themes, tones, moods, etc. Also contains information on many special-interest, non-fiction titles on a wide range of topics such as education, fitness, sports, travel, and history.
Worldwide Internet access.
History of the American Cinema This 10-volume series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the development of film and the film industry, analyzing both the genres, themes and technology that defined each decade and the political and economic background that gave rise to them.
Links to Vol. 1; use search box at upper left to search across all 9 vols. published so far. For direct links to Vols. 2-6 and 8-10, see Search Tools (under "Lists of Elecrtonic Resources" tab).
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers Detailed profiles with critical and evaluative essays on major or representative films and personalities of all periods from Asia, South America, and Australia, as well as North America and Europe.
International Motion Picture Almanac Annual compendium of film industry statistics, who's who biographies, feature film credits, studio histories, and directory of theaters, distributors, studios, film commissions, industry services, etc.
Latest year available in Graduate Library Reference and Undergraduate Library Reference at call number: PN 1993.3 .I6. Earlier years (1929- ) available in Graduate Library (stacks) at same call number.
International Movie Industry Brief histories of the national cinemas of 19 different countries worldwide written by experts. Includes an extensive bibliography of sources.
Screen World Heavily illustrated survey of the year's films, including foreign pictures released in the U.S., with cast and production credits.
Latest year available in Graduate Library Reference at call number: PN 1993.3 .D18. Earlier years (1957- ) available in Graduate Library (stacks) at same call number.
Variety International Film Guide Country-by-country survey of current film activity, with highlights and trends in each country, recent and forthcoming films, top grossing movies, national awards, film festivals, schools, etc.
Latest year available in Graduate Library Reference at call number: PN 1993.3 .I59. Earlier years (1991- ) available in Graduate Library (stacks) at same call number.