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General Search Strategies
Try out subject searches & keyword searches. If you're using the "default" search option, you're doing keyword searching.
A search might work well in one database, like MLA and not in another database.
Keep in mind that most books listed here are ebooks. This will allow you to easily search within them.
For our physical collection and for volumes exploring film genre, please consult "Finding Film Genre Books" at the bottom right of this page.
America's Film Legacy by
Publication Date: 2009-11-26
Each of the 500 film entries in this volume provides an overview of basic film information which will assist you in completing the paper worksheet. Each entry ends with a brief essay that provides important synthesis on key historical contributions which led to the film being included in this volume.
Film History: An International Journal
Film History focuses on the historical development of the motion picture and the social, technological, and economic context in which this has occurred. Its areas of interest range from the technical and entrepreneurial innovations of the early and pre-cinema experiments, through all aspects of the production, distribution, exhibition, and reception of commercial and non-commercial motion pictures.
Published by: Indiana University Press
MLA International Bibliography
The premier index covering literature, literary theory & criticism, languages & linguistics, dramatic arts, and folklore from thousands of journals and series published worldwide.
Twenty-One Landmark European Films, 1939-1999 by
Publication Date: 2015-03-25
This volume is written with students in mind; the tone is scholarly and accessible. The 21 films analyzed are listed in the opening Table of Contents.
Screenwriting & Cinematography
Publication Date: 2014-08-23
According to the book description, this volume "explores the social, political, and economic implications of the changing craft of American screenwriting from the silent screen through the classical Hollywood years, the rise of independent cinema, and on to the contemporary global multi-media marketplace."
Publication Date: 2014-07-18
Aside from offering a history of scientific and artistic changes, this book also reveals the people behind the camera, profiling numerous acclaimed cinematographers from James Wong Howe to Roger Deakins.
Finding Film Genre Books
- Use keyword searches to find books on specific film genres, such as "horror" or "science fiction." The subject heading for horror is "horror films" and that can be subdivided.
- "Film Noir" is the subject heading for this film movement. Expressionism is a subject heading that will pull up expressionism in film as well as other art forms.
- If you contact me to get assistance playing with different search combinations, I will be happy to help.
Hollywood Horror by
Call Number: General Collection--Oversize (7th Floor) PN1995.9.H6
Publication Date: 2003-11-01
Found using the subject heading Horror films--United States--History and criticism; this is a physical book found in our library
Film Noir Guide by
Call Number: Millersville University Library General Collection PN1995.9.F54 K43 2003
Publication Date: 2003-04-02
A catalog of 745 films from 1940-1959; also a physical book in the library's collection
The Gorgon's Gaze by
Publication Date: 1991-04-26
This is an ebook. While it mainly focuses on Germany, there is a chapter on "Expressionism in America" which examines the influence of German Expressionism on American film.
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