CNPH 214

CNPH 214

Hollywood and American Film


Getting Started

Cinema studies : the key concepts by Susan Hayward

Encyclopedia of American independent filmmaking
General Stacks: PN1993.45 .L63 2002

Film encyclopedia by Ephraim Katz.
Reference: PN1993.45 .K34 1994

Schirmer encyclopedia of film  (Also available in print in the Reference Stacks)


Finding Articles about Style:
Academic Search Premier
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.

Communication and Mass Media Complete (CMMC)
Use terms like MOTION PICTURES or FILM CRITICISM as subjects along with your keywords.

Historical abstracts
Good for finding criticism of motion pictures. Here are a few popular topics:
    MOTION pictures -- History

MLA International Bibliography
MLA is an extremely useful database for the topic of film. Try a keyword search for Auteur or use subject terms such as: Cinematographer, Cinematography, Film, Film editing,  Film noir,  Film theory and criticism, Filmmakers, Filmmaking,  in the subject field

Project Muse
Type a few words like FILM or MOTION PICTURES, and browse their autofill list.   Hint: If you want to limit to full text only, select the ACCESS box for "Only content I have full access to" on the left hand side.

ProQuest Research Library
Proquest allows you to limit your search results to film reviews. To do this, use an advanced search, select MORE OPTIONS, then DOCUMENT TYPE, and then limit results to FILM REVIEWS. Results can be sorted by type of publication: Scholarly, Popular or Trade

Finding Books about Style
Here are a few recommended subject headings to help you get started:

Auteur theory (Motion pictures) 
Color cinematography.
Color cinematography--History. 
Motion pictures--Aesthetics.    
Motion picture authorship
Motion picture authorship--California--Los Angeles--History.
Motion pictures--Philosophy.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Interviews.
Sound motion pictures--History.
Wide-screen processes (Cinematography)--History.

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Finding Info about People

Finding Articles about People
MLA International Bibliography
Search by a director's name in the author field (last name, first): ie: Ford, John

Project Muse
Type in a director's name (ie. Lars von Trier). Or use their subject browse link for the "Film, Theater and Performing Arts" section (on the left).

Finding Books:
When searching for biographical information, or for criticism & interpretation of someone's work, use their name as a subject search.  A few samples follow below. Make sure you browse through any related links for interviews, criticism and interpretation
Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939-
Ford, John, 1895-1973.
Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948.
Hawks, Howard, 1896-1977
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980
Lee, Spike
Malick, Terrence, 1945
Ray, Nicholas, 1911-
Scorsese, Martin
Spielberg, Steven, 1946-
Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002.
Wyler, William, 1902-

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