Film

Featured Site

  • Screensite. The most complete academic film and TV studies site on the Web. Excellent on production and cultural analysis.

Key Sites

  • Asian American Filmography. Excellent resource on history and current trends in Asian/Pacific Am film.
  • Bad Subjects. Check out back issues for essays on films.
  • Black Cultural Studies Web Site. Compiled by Tim Haslett, Nimmy Abiaka, and Paula Lee. Includes information about Manthia Diawara, Isaac Julien, Arthur Jafa, and other filmmakers and film critics.
  • Black Film Center.
  • Bright Lights Film Journal. Interesting collection of essays and features on current and past cinema.
  • Caucus on Class in Film Rich Society for Cinema and Media Studiessite focusing on class as an analytic for understanding film. Includes excellent bibliography and links to journals and organizations treating class in movies.
  • Disabilities in Film. Resources from UC Berkeley.
  • Edison Motion Pictures. American Memory Project site on one of the important sources for early silent films.
  • Feminist Film Reviews. From the University of Maryland’s Women’s Studies Database.
  • Film History. Timeline of major developments in cinema from beginnings to the present.
  • Film and History. Website from the journal Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television History.
  • Film Site.org. Useful commercial site concentrating on classic Hollywood films. Includes sections on history of film, strong genre introductions, excellent search engine advice, a strong “best films” list with much information, and a variety of other features.
  • Film and TV Studies Sites. Fine list of academic articles from the “English Server” at Carnegie Mellon.
  • Filmmaker.com. Includes links to over 1,000 film production sites worldwide.
  • Frameline. National organization supporting gay and lesbian filmmaking.
  • Gay and Lesbian Film Reviews. Reviews of gay-friendly and gay-unfriendly films.
  • Internet Movie Database. A very comprehensive resource of film information and reviews.
  • Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture. A quarterly website focusing especially on movies of the past (as opposed to most sites, which focus on new releases). Each issue has features, and an “In Focus” section, which concentrates on one aspect or type of film (examples: the Western, Hollywood stars of the thirties, “Sex, Drugs and Exploitation”). Plus, the site features new articles and reviews (of new releases, videos/DVDs, and books) every week.
  • LGBT and Queer Film Fine resource from Bright Lights.
  • Movie Review Query Engine. Comprehensive source for finding movies reviews.
  • The Movies, Race and Ethnicity. Fine resource from the University of California, Berkeley library.
  • The Movie Times. A good resource, primarily for box-office-receipt information (including charts of top-grossing actresses and actors, top-grossing films of all time, weekly box-office info, etc.)
  • Origins of American Animation. Excellent site from the Library of Congress.
  • The Palace. A web site devoted to “classic” Hollywood films (from the 1920s to the 1950s). The site is mainly composed of well-written articles and well-selected images, as well as some decent links.
  • Senses of Cinema Interesting online film journal.
  • Simply Scripts. Contains an online archives of full-length screenplays, as well as scripts for unproduced movies, television, anime, and radio programs. Also numerous links for screenwriting sites and other movie and film resources.
  • Society for Cinema Studies. Rich, useful academic site, including a discussion list, teaching resources, and information on conferences and other film study activities.
  • SplicedWire. Film reviews, news, and interviews. (Including trailers, video interviews, and more.)
  • Variety.com. The entertainment magazine Variety, online. An especially good source for info on the business of entertainment (namely: film, TV, and music).
  • Warner Archives A commercial rental site very useful for finding hard to locate older films.
  • Women in Cinema. Dated by still useful reference guide for women in film up to the mid-1990s.
  • The World Wide Web Virtual Library - Film History Index: History of World Cinema. Good comprehensive, well-indexed site that places US film in the wider context of world cinema.

Online Articles

Selected Film Genre Links

  • Moving Image Genre-Form Guide. Introduction to film genres based on the Library of Congress's method of categorizing types of film.
  • Film Genres. Good introduction from filmsite.org to the various genres, or types, of Hollywood film (Action, Adventure, Film Noir, Musical Comedy, etc), with essays on each genre to get you on your way.
  • Screwball Comedy. On some of the classic comedies of the thirties and forties, usually featuring "fast talking dames," gender role reversals and intricate plotting.
  • Silent Movies. On the history of the silent film era.
  • Origins of Animation. Excellent Library of Congress site on early animation (1900-21).
  • The Astounding B Monster. Cult-movie site featuring essays, profiles, and interviews with stars like James Arness, Dick Contino, Anne Francis, and Mamie Van Doren. Notentirely limited to B-movies, as the name suggests, but definitely concentrating on cult classics.
  • Film Noir. Good brief introduction to film noir and its classic examples.
  • Martin’s Film Noir Pages. Comprehensive site with filmography, articles, and links.
  • Full Text Essays on Film Noir. Six interesting articles on the University of California, Berkeley library site.

Select Bibliography

[Few topics on popular culture can be adequately researched on the web alone. These reading suggestions are designed as beginning points for further offline study.]

Benshoff, Harry and Sean Griffin. America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies ..Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
One of the better general introductions to the social impact of film.
Bogle, Donald. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films. New York: Continuum, 2001.
Classic study (updated in 1998 edition) of African American stereotypes, from silent film era to late 20th century.
Clover, Carrol J. Men, Women and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992.
The title says it all. Ever wonder why people (maybe even you?) like slasher films? Here’s a sophisticated set of psycho-social answers.
Diawara, Manthia, ed. Black American Cinema. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Excellent collection of essays on aesthetics, history, and reception of African American film.
Doty, Alexander. Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.
Witty re-reading of popular figures from film and television who knowingly or not project a "queer subtext."
Fregoso, Rose Linda. The Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.
Classic study of Chicanas as subjects in and creators of film.
Guerrero, Ed. Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.
Among the very best general works on African Americans and film.
hooks, bell. Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class in the MoviesNY: Routledge, 2008.
Compelling study of how films largely fail to capture the kind of social complexity that could assist in progressive social change.
Kellner, Douglas. Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Postmodern. London; New York: Routledge, 1995.
Broad study that offers both a fully developed theoretical model and case studies ranging from films like Rambo to Madonna videos to Gulf War news coverage.
Kilpatrick, Jacquelyn. Celluloid Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
Best general study of images of Native American Indians in mainstream film.
Leonard, David. Screens Fade to Black. NY: Praeger, 2006.
Incisive study of the positive and negative racial dynamics in recent works of African-American cinema.
Reid, Mark. Redefining Black Film. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
Important history of the black independent film industry that has long sought to counter and complicate mainstream Hollywood representations of African Americans.
Rollins, Peter C., and John E. O'Connor, eds. Hollywood's Indian. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003.
Good collection of essays on various portrayals of Indians in film from the silent era to the present
Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies. New York: Harper and Row, 1981.
A groundbreaking book analyzing sex and gender, in regards to homosexuality, in film from the 1920s through the 1980s.
Walters, Suzanna Danuta. All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
An excellent book looking not only at gay visibility in film but in all forms of media up to its publication in 2001. While this book focuses primarily on television, it does pick up where Russo (above) left off.
Zaniello, Tom. The Cinema of Globalization: A Guide to Films About the New Economic Order. Ithica, NY: IRL Press, 2007.
Excellent book on how political economic globalization has been reflected in movies.