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Film Databases and Research Guides

University of California Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive: A great resource for full-text reviews and original source material with a searchable database.

Internet Movie Database: A searchable database for film titles, directors, and other talent with links to reviews and trivia.

Early Visual Media: Essays, images, and research guides for pre-cinematic/ proto-cinematic visual technologies and culture.

UC Berkeley Library, Film Bibliographies and Filmographies: Bibliographies by director, genre, individual films, and national cinemas, as well as bibliographies on cinematic representations of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Yale University Film Studies, Film Analysis Tutorial: A self-guided, well-illustrated tutorial on the basic vocabulary and methods of film studies and film techniques.

Yale University Film Studies Research Guide: Though this is keyed to the holdings at the Yale library, this guide is a great resource for finding materials related to film studies, and for staying on top of new film-related publications. 

Digital History, Hollywood's America: Contains trailers for historically significant American films, primary documents related to Hollywood; chronologies of American film history, research guides, and bibliographies.


Specialist Online Resources

UbuWeb: Film & Video: Offer quick online access to the work of many great avant-garde and experimental filmmakers.  The quality of the films vary.

Internet Archive, Movie Archive. Watch various government and industrial documentaries, animation, home movies, and a number of ephemeral films on this online database.

Library of Congress, Edison Motion Pictures. Downloadable films made by Edison’s studio drawn from the Library of Congress’s Paper Print Collection.  Site also offers a history of Edison’s work.

The Auteurs. A for-profit cinephilic blog, discussion forum, and, most impressive, online film library with high-quality video streaming, and a “free film of the month.” Subscribers get online access to a number of new releases from film festivals and newly restored prints.

Luxonline. A web resources for exploring British-based artists’ film and video.

SnagFilms. A great source for contemporary documentary films.