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Film Studies

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Scope of Collection
Print Collection:
The Film Studies collection supports teaching and research in the Film and Media Department, the Media Studies Program, the Graduate School of Journalism, and the exceptionally wide group of other humanities and social sciences disciplines interested in film as an art form and a cultural artifact. Concentration of the Film Studies collection is in the areas of film history, film theory, and film aesthetics. Less comprehensive are the collections dealing with the economic aspects of film production and distribution, with film technologies and production techniques, and with the craft of film acting. Popular biographies of individual actors, directors, or film industry personalities, and popular works dealing with individual films are also collected sparingly. The majority of the collection is located in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks.

Media Resources Center:
The UCB Library's Media Resources Center is one of the strongest collections of video and DVD materials in a US academic library. The MRC collection includes a study-level collection of international cinema works, with particular strengths in contemporary and historical cinematic representations of race, ethnicity, and gender. The MRC non-fiction video collection covers all academic disciplines. The non-fiction collection includes one of the strongest collections of independently produced and/or distributed documentary works in the United States.

Primary Languages and Formats
The Library collects at a research level in nearly every language of the world.

Both books and media (video/DVD) are collected.

For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see Media Studies.

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