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Collection Overview

Print Collection
The Film Studies collection supports teaching and research in the Film Studies Department, the Mass Communications Program, the Graduate School of Journalism, and the exceptionally wide group of other humanities and social sciences disciplines interested in film as as art form and a cultural artifact.

The Library collects at a research level in nearly every language of the world. 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 major part of the collection is located in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, with additional materials in the Moffitt.

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. More information about MRC...

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Film Studies Reference Sources: A Selective Guide

Film Reference Sources : A Selective Guide, by the Media Resources Center.

Biography (Electronic)

Biography (Print)

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. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1999. Main Stack PN1998.2.D688 1999

Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies. Leslie Halliwell; edited by John Walker. 14th ed. New York: Harper Resource, c2001. 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. Media Center PN1993.45 .H3 2001

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. 4th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, c2000.Doe Reference PN1997.8.I58 2000

Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. 4th ed. New York: Knopf, 2002. Media Center PN1998.2.T49 2002

Tibbetts, John C. The Encyclopedia of Filmmakers. New York : Facts on File, c2002. Doe Reference PN1998.2.T53 2002

Statistics and Numeric Data

Dictionaries (Electronic)

Encyclopedias and Almanacs (Electronic)

Encyclopedias and Almanacs (Print)

Encyclopedia of Film Directors in the United States of America and Europe. Edited by Alfred Krautz. Munchen; New Providence : K.G. Saur, 1993 Main Stack PN1998.E49 1993

Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings, and Series. Richar B. Armstrong and Mary Willems Armstrong. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2001. Doe Reference PN1997.8 .A762 2001

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

Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. 4th ed. New York: Harper Perennial, c2001. Doe Reference PN1993.45 .K34 2001 Media Center PN1993.45 .K34 2001

Magills' Survey of Cinema.
Provides essay-length reviews of roughly 3,000 films. "Consists of several distinct parts: English language films are covered in two A-Z series, the first of four volumes published in 1980 and the second in six volumes published in 1981; silent films comprise three volumes (1982), foreign language films eight volumes (1985), and current films are covered in Magill's Cinema Annual, which began in 1982 and serves as a continuing update to the set. Articles on each film include a plot summary, critical notes on directing, acting, screen writing, cinematography, and the film's place in the history of its genre.

The New York Times Encyclopedia of Film.
Media Center PN1993.45.N4 1984 Library has: v. 1-13 (c1984)Index: vol. 13.
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.

Slide, Anthony. The American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986. Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.S5391 1986

Vincendeau, Ginette. Encyclopedia of European Cinema. New York, NY : Facts on File, c1995.
Doe Reference PN1993.5.E8 V56 1995
Media Resources Center PN1993.5.E8 V56 1995
Main Reference PN1993.5.E8 V56 1995


Library Catalogs and Publication Lists

Some of these resources may be limited to UCB users only and may require special steps to connect from off campus.

Dictionaries (Print)

Basic Film Terms: A Visual Dictionary. [Videotape] Santa Monica, Calif.: Pyramid Films, 1970.
Media Resources Center VIDEO/C 2094

Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory. Edited by Roberta E. Pearson and Philip Simpson. London; New York: Routledge, 2001. Doe Reference PN1993.45 .C75 2001 Media Center PN1993.45 .C75 2001

Case, Christopher. The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1996.
Media Center PN1998 .C323 1996

Dictionary of Film Terms: The Aesthetic Companion to Film Analysis. Beaver, Frank Eugene. New York: Twayne Publishers; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994. Doe Reference TR847 .B43 1994

Blandford, Steven, et al.The Film Studies Dictionary. London: Arnold; New York: Co-published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2001. Doe Reference PN1993.45 .B49 2001  Media Center PN1993.45 .B49 2001

Konigsberg, Ira. The Complete Film Dictionary. 2nd ed. New York: Penguin Reference, 1997.
Doe Reference PN1993.45 .K66 1997

Mercer, John Glossary of Film Terms. Houston: University Film Association, 1979. Series title: Monograph / University Film Association; no. 2. Doe Reference TR886 .M4 1979

Film Studies Article Databases

The following databases are limited to UCB users and require special steps to connect from off campus.

Film Review Sources

Article Databases - Primary Sources

Lantern (Media History Digital Library - University of Wisconsin, Madison)

includes searchable full text of 50 early film and radio magazines, including Variety (Dec. 1905- Feb. 1926) and Photoplay (1914-1943)

Bibliographies by Topic from the Media Resources Center

Bibliographies of books and articles about Film, by Topic, from the Media Resources Center

Movie Credit Databases

A listing of Movie Credit Databases maintained by the Media Resources Center.

Scripts and Transcripts

Research Guides

Moving Image Search Engines and Databases

A listing of Moving Image Search Engines and Databases maintained by the Media Resources Center.

MRC DVDs/Videos on Film History

How to Cite Film and Video

How to Cite Film and Video (Media Resources Center)

Related Subject Guides

Related Course Guides

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