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Film Studies: A Brief Guide to Key Resources: Overview

The Film Studies Bible

Monaco, James. How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond. 4th ed. PN1994 M59 2008.
This is the book everyone interested in film and media must read. A classic.

Film Genres

Friedman,, Lester D. An Introduction to Film Genres. PN1995 F744 2013.

Gehring, Wes D., ed. Handbook of American Film Genres. PN1993.5 U6 H335 1988.

Grant, Barry Keith. Film Genre Reader IV. 4th ed, 2012.

Lopez, Daniel. Films by Genre: 775 Categories, Styles, Trends, and Movements Defined, with a Filmography. PN1998 L63 1993. Another copy in Reference.

Mayer, Geoff, and Brian McDonnell. Encyclopedia of Film Noir. Also available in print, PN1995.9 F54 M39 2007.

Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. 3 vols. Reference PN1995.9D6 E53 2006.

App State Online

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Key Reference Works in Film Studies

Databases for Film Studies. Find articles on film topics here.

Reference Universe. Find articles on film topics in many different encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.

Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. 7th ed. PN1993.45 K34 2012.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. 2014.

Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. 6th ed. Ref PN1998.2 T49 2014.


Find More

Search the Library catalog to find books, films, web sites, and more. Select Books & Media, then pick Subject from the drop-down menu. Try such phrases as:

film criticism

motion picture industry

motion pictures

Also search for genres, such as:

film genres

comedy films

documentary films

film noir

musical films

science fiction films

western films

Find articles in magazines and journals by searching the sources listed in the Databases for Film Studies list.


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