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Film Reference Sources: A Selective Guide

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Biographical/Critical Dictionaries and Handbooks

Critical Dictionaries and Compilations


Film Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Guides

Film Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Thesauri

Film Research Guides

Biographical/Critical Dictionaries and Handbooks

American Directors. Jean-Pierre Coursodon and Pierre Sauvage. 1983.
Offers 118 critical essays on virtually every American film director of recognized and, importantly, unrecognized (as deemed by Coursodon) stature. Each essay is preceded by a filmography. Includes a general index.
UCB Doe Refe PN1998.A2 C657 1983 v. 1 (c1983)
UCB Main PN1998.A2 C657 1983 v. 1-2 (c1983)

Andrew, Geoff.
The film handbook / Geoff Andrew. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, [1990], 1989. Series title: G.K. Hall performing arts handbooks.
UCB Main PN1998.2 .A64 1990

Armes, Roy.
Dictionary of North African film makers / Roy Armes. Paris : Association des trois mondes, 1996.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .A76 1996
Pacific Film Archive PN1998.2 .A76 1996

Billman, Larry.
Film choreographers and dance directors : an illustrated biographical encyclopedia with a history and filmographies, 1893 through 1995 / by Larry Billman. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1997.
Main (Gardner) Stacks GV1779 .B55 1997

Doyle, Billy H.
The Ultimate directory of film technicians: a necrology of dates and places of births and deaths of more than 9,000 producers, screenwriters, composers, cinematographers, art directors, costume designers, choreographers, executives, and publicists / Billy H. Doyle; consulting editor: AnthonySlide. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1999.
UCB Main PN1998.2 .D688 1999

Film directors: a complete guide.
14th international ed. Los Angeles, CA: Lone Eagle Pub., c1999.
UCB Main PN1998.A2 F46 1999

Filmmakers in the Moving picture world: an index of articles, 1907-1927
Compiled by Annette M. D'Agostino. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c1997.
UCB Main PN1993 .M88 Suppl.

Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey.
Women film directors : an international bio-critical dictionary / Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .F67 1995

Halliwell, Leslie.
Halliwell's who's who in the movies / Leslie Halliwell; edited by John Walker. 14th ed. New York: Harper Resource, c2001.
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.45 .H3 2001

International dictionary of films and filmmakers
Editors, Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast. 4th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, c2000.
UCB Doe Refe PN1997.8 .I58 2000 Biographies
UCB Moff Refe PN1997.8 .I58 2000 1-4 (c2000)
Intended specifically for students, this important source contains carefully crated, signed essays describing 490+ films deemed to be of lasting importance, plus profiles of 1,680 "principal creative figures in the history of film," including actors, directors, writers, and production artists. Contains a comprehensive title index. Included are bibliographies, filmographies and many black-and-white stills.

Katchmer, George A.
Eighty silent film stars : biographies and filmographies of the obscure to the well known Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1991.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2285 .K34 1991

Quinlan, David
Quinlan's illustrated directory of film character actors / David Quinlan. London : Batsford, 1995.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q55 1995

Segrave, Kerry
The continental actress : European film stars of the postwar era--biographies, criticism, filmographies, bibliographies / Kerry Segrave and Linda Martin. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1990.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2570 .S4 1990

Shipman, David.
The great movie stars; the golden years. New York, Crown [1970]
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A2 S54

Slide, Anthony.
Silent players : a biographical and autobiographical study of 100 silent film actors and actresses Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2002.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .S547 2002

Thomson, David
The new biographical dictionary of film / David Thomson. New York : Knopf, 2002.
Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only)
UCB Media Ctr PN1998.2 .T49 2002
Pacific Film Archive PN1999.2 .T55 2002 ref

Vazzana, Eugene Michael, 1940-
Silent film necrology / Eugene Michael Vazzana; foreword by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd. 2nd ed. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c2001.
UCB Main PN1998.2 .V38 2001


Chronicle of the cinema.
Directed by Catherine Legrand; Robyn Karney, editor in chief. London; New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
UCB Main PN1993.5 .C5 1995

Cinema year by year, 1894-2000
Editor in chief, Robyn Karney. American ed. London; New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2000.
UCB Morrison PN1993.5.A1 C56 2000

Haun, Harry.
The cinematic century: an intimate diary of America's affair with the movies / Harry Haun. New York: Applause, c2000.
UCB Main PN1993.5.U6 H38 2000

Critical Dictionaries and Compilations

See Also: Review and Criticism Compilations listing

Cinema : a critical dictionary : the major film-makers
Edited by Richard Roud New York: Viking Press, c1980
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.45 .C5 Library Has v.1-2
Media Resources Center PN1993.45 .C5 Library Has v. 1-2
Pacific Film Archive PN1993.45 .C5 1980 Library Has OS: v.1-2

Critical dictionary of film and television theory
Edited by Roberta E. Pearson and Philip Simpson. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
Doe Reference Reference Hall PN1993.45 .C75 2001
Media Resources Center PN1993.45 .C75 2001

Film Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Guides

Armour, Robert A.
Film, a reference guide / Robert A. Armour. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. Series title: American popular culture.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .A75
UCB Moff Refe PN1993.45 .A75

Armstrong, Richard B.
Encyclopedia of film themes, settings and series / Richard B. Armstrong, Mary Willems Armstrong. Jefferson, N.C.; London: McFarland, c2001.
UCB Doe Refe PN1997.8 .A762 2001
UCB Media Ctr PN1997.8 .A762 2001
UCB Moff Refe PN1997.8 .A762 2001

Armstrong, Richard B.
The movie list book: a reference guide to film themes, settings, and series / by Richard B. Armstrong and Mary Willems Armstrong. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1990.
UCB Main PN1997.8 .A76 1990

Blandford, Steven.
The film studies dictionary / Steve Blandford, Barry Keith Grant, Jim Hillier. London: Arnold; New York: Co-published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2001. Series title: Arnold student reference.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .B49 2001
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.45 .B49 2001

Case, Christopher.
The ultimate movie thesaurus / Christopher Case. 1st ed. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1996. Series title: A Henry Holt reference book.
UCB Media Ctr PN1998 .C323 1996

Craggs, Stewart R.
Soundtracks : an international dictionary of composers for film / Stewart R. Craggs. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Ashgate, c1998.
Music Reference in Reading Room ML102.M68 C73 1998

The encyclopedia of fictional people: the most important characters of the 20th century
Compiled by Seth Godin. Boulevard ed. New York: Boulevard Books, c1996.
UCB Main PN56.4 .E53 1996

Encyclopedia of film directors in the United States of America and Europe
Edited by Alfred Krautz; in cooperation with Hille and Joris Krautz. Munchen; New Providence: K.G. Saur, 1993-1997.
UCB Main PN1998 .E49 1993 v.1-2 (1993-1997)

Fernett, Gene
American Film Studios: An Historical Encyclopedia
Main PN1993.5.U6 F45 1988
Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 F45 1988

The Grove book of Hollywood
Edited by Christopher Silvester. 1st American ed. New York: Grove Press, [2000].
UCB Bancroft PN1993.5.U65 P46 2000

Halliwell, Leslie.
Halliwell's Filmgoer's and video viewer's companion / edited by John Walker. 10th ed., 1st HarperPerennial ed. New York: HarperPerennial, c1993.
UCB Main PN1993.45 .H28 1993
The focus of this companion piece is primarily people.
Brief entries cover personal names of actors, directors, writers, and cinematographers, plus a few screen characters. Entries include film themes, styles, technique, and subjects. Use this for short-fact reference and biographical material. Contains a foreword from the first edition (1965) by Alfred Hitchcock, "Not that many glaring errors will be discovered: the author has done his homework rather better than the villains in my films, who always seem to get found out sooner or later."
UCB Main PN1993.45 .H28 1993

Halliwell, Leslie.
Halliwell's who's who in the movies / Leslie Halliwell; edited by John Walker. 14th ed. New York: Harper Resource, c2001.
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.45 .H3 2001

Hammer, Tad Bentley
International film prizes: an encyclopedia / by Tad Bentley Hammer. New York: Garland, 1991. Series title: Garland reference library of the humanities; vol. 1333.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.4 .H28 1991
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.4 .H28 1991

Handbook of American Film Genres. Edited by Wes D. Gehring. 1988.
A collection of 19 substantive essays on major American film genres. Each essay includes valuable selected filmography. Although somewhat dated, this is still a valuable basic reference work.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.5.U6 H3351 1988
UCB Main PN1993.5.U6 H3351 1988
UCB Moff Refe PN1993.5.U6 H3351 1988

The International encyclopedia of film.
General editor: Roger Manvell. American advisory editor: Lewis Jacobs. Associate editors: John Gillet, Margaret Hinxman [and] David Robinson. Assistant editor (text): Enid... 1st American ed.]. New York, Crown Publishers [1972].
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .I5 1972

Katz, Ephraim.
The film encyclopedia / Ephraim Katz. 4th ed. / rev. by Fred Klein and Ronald Dean Nolan. New York: HarperPerennial, c2001.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .K34 2001
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.45 .K34 2001

Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide. Leonard Maltin. 1993.
Although marketed for the home audience, students will find this source handy for its capsule reviews of over 19,000 American feature films. Includes ratings and indexes for stars and directors. Great for "What else did she star in?" and "Did this win an Academy Award?" types of questions.
Media Resources Center PN1998.M277.
Also available as CD-ROM (Cinemania) in Media Resources Center

Miller, Blair
American silent film comedies: an illustrated encyclopedia of persons, studios, and terminology / by Blair Miller. Jeferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1995.
UCB Main PN1995.9.C55 M53 1995
UCB Media Ctr PN1995.9.C55 M53 1995

The New York Times encyclopedia of film
Gene Brown, editor; Harry M. Geduld, advisory editor. New York: Times Books, c1984.
Facsimiles of articles appearing in the New York Times 1896-1979 dealing with motion pictures, the motion picture industry, and motion picture personalities. An invaluable source of primary source material on the history of American film. Index: vol. 13.
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.45 .N4 1984 v. 1-13 (c1984)

100 years of American film Frank Beaver, editor in chief. New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA, c2000.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.5.U6 A59 2000
UCB Media Ctr PN1993.5.U6 A59 2000

Lieberman, Susan
Memorable film characters: an index to roles and performers, 1915-1983 / compiled by Susan Lieberman and Frances Cable. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984. Series title: Bibliographies and indexes in the performing arts no. 1.
UCB Doe Refe PN1995.9.C36 L51 1984

The Oxford Companion to Film
Edited by Liz-Anne Bawden. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .O88
UCB Main PN1993.45 .O9
UCB Moffitt PN1993.45 .O9
UCB Music PN1993.45 .O9 Ref

Siegel, Scott.
The encyclopedia of Hollywood New York : Facts on File, c1990.
UCB Main PN1993.5.U6 S494 1990

Slide, Anthony.
The American film industry : a historical dictionary / Anthony Slide ; research associates, Val Almendarez ... [et al.]. New York : Greenwood Press, 1986.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 S5391 1986
Pacific Film Archive PN1993.5.U6 S5391 1986
This 600-entry encyclopedia provides information on significant American film genres and series, studios and production companies, and industry organization and terminology. It also includes helpful bibliographies at the ends of many articles and indicates sources of archival material.

Slide, Anthony.
The new historical dictionary of the American film industry / Anthony Slide. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.5.U6 S539 1998

Sullivan, Monica
VideoHound's independent film guide / Monica Sullivan; foreword by John Pierson. 2nd ed. Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, c1999.
UCB Media Ctr PN1998 .S84 1999

Verma, R. K.
Filmography: silent cinema, 1913-1934 / R.K. Verma. 1st ed. Dehradun: M. Verma, 2000.
UCB Main PN1995.75 .V47 2000

Wilhelm, Elliot.
VideoHound's world cinema: the adventurer's guide to movie watching / Elliot Wilhelm. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, c1999.
UCB Media Ctr PN1995.9.F67 W56 1999

Film Dictionaries, Glossaries, Thesauri

Beaver, Frank Eugene.
Dictionary of film terms : the aesthetic companion to film art / Frank Eugene Beaver. New York : Peter Lang, c2006.
Doe Reference PN1993.45 .B33 2006
Media Resources Center PN1993.45 .B33 2006

Cones, John W.
Film finance & distribution : a dictionary of terms / by John W. Cones. Los Angeles : Silman-James Press, c1992.
Pacific Film Archive PN1993.5.U6 C635 1992

Jackson, Kevin
The language of cinema / Kevin Jackson. New York: Routledge, 1998.
UCB Main PN1993.45 .J23 1998

Konigsberg, Ira.
The complete film dictionary / Ira Konigsberg. 2nd ed. New York: Penguin Reference, 1997.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .K66 1997

Mercer, John
Glossary of film terms / compiled by John Mercer. Rev. ed. Houston: University Film Association, 1979. Series title: Monograph / University Film Association; no. 2.
UCB Doe Refe TR886 .M4 1979

Film Research Guides

Armour, Robert A.
Film, a reference guide / Robert A. Armour. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. Series title: American popular culture.
For the student beginning research about film who does not know how to start. Covers American popular films from 1877 through 1979. Indexed thoroughly, each of the eleven chapters is a bibliographic essay on a particular aspect of film. Includes bibliographies. Some of sources will have since been replaced with more current titles, however the foundation for basic research is well-laid.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.45 .A75
UCB Moff Refe PN1993.45 .A75

Austin, Bruce A.
The Film Audience: An International Bibliography of Research. (1983)
One of the rare reference resources where the movie screen looks back at who's sitting in the seats. This is a journal-based bibliography examining cinema and its audience. The bibliographies (indexed by author, subject, title and a periodical listing) cite material from 1930 through 1982.
Main Stack PN1995.9.A8A12.A9

Film Researcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sources in North America, South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa
Compiled by Jenny Morgan.
UCB Doe Reference PN1994 .F438 1996
UCB Media Ctr PN1994 .F438 1996

A Handbook for Film Archives
Editors, Eileen Bowser and John Kuiper.
Media Ctr PN1993.4 .H3 1991

Handbook of American Film Genres
Edited by Wes D. Gehring
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.5.U6 H3351 1988
UCB Main PN1993.5.U6 H3351 1988
UCB Moff Refe PN1993.5.U6 H3351 1988

Hayward, Susan
Cinema studies: the key concepts / Susan Hayward. 2nd ed. London; New York: Routledge, 2000. Series title: Routledge key guides.
UCB Main PN1993.45 .H36 2000

Hayward, Susan
Key concepts in cinema studies / Susan Hayward. London; New York: Routledge, 1996.
UCB Main PN1993.45 .H36 1996

Fisher, Kim N.
On the screen : a film, television, and video research guide / Kim N. Fisher. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1986. Series title: Reference sources in the humanities series.
Points to 645 English-language reference books (non-journal sources). Listed by type of reference work: bibliographies, guides, dictionaries and encyclopedias, periodicals and databases. Provides lists of research centers, archives, societies, and associations, arranged geographically. Useful annotations for all bibliographic or directory items. Author/title/subject indexes.
UCB Doe Refe PN1994 .F571 1986

The History of the Cinema, 1895-1940: Handlist of Titles.
Hum/Area PN1993.5.A1 H57 1989

The Macmillan Film Bibliography. George Rehrauer. 1982
A critical guide to the literature of the motion picture. V.1: 6,762 annotated, evaluative entries for biographies, histories, reference works, directories, production handbooks and film scripts in English published 1900-82. V.2: author/title/script indexes. Students will want to take a look at the "research" entry in the subject index.
UCB Doe Refe PN1993.5.A1A12 .R3 1982 v.1-2 (1982)
UCB Main PN1993.5.A1A12 .R3 1982 v. 1-2

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