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FS215 Introduction to Film Studies: Reviews & Criticism

Reference resources

Film Review Annual (1981-2002)

Reference   PN1995 .F65

Magill's Survey of Cinema -- English language films  (6 vol.) (1981)

Reference  PN1993.45 .M32

Magill's Survey of Cinema -- English language films  (4 vol.) (1980)

Reference   PN1993.45 .M3 

Magill's Survey of Cinema -- Foreign language films  (8 vol.) (1985)

Reference  PN1995.9 .F67 M34 1985 

How do I find film criticism?

In newspapers:

When a film is first released, you may be able to find film reviews in national or international newspapers.  Type in the name of the film, and add a few other unique key words, such as the last name of the director or a major actor.  Look for an option which narrows your search to "reviews" or "criticism."

In journals and magazines:

Articles written about a particular film, film genres, directors, etc. can be found in many of our periodical databases.  Think about what kind of film your are researching, and consider what academic discipline might have a special interest in examining and critiquing that film (sociology?  history?  art?)  To find periodical databases, click on the "Finding Journal Articles" tab in this subject guide.

In books:

Use the Tiger Catalog to find books written about a film genre, film movement, a particular director or even a specific film.  You may have more luck using the terms MOTION PICTURES instead of films. i.e. motion pictures and feminism.  You may find a whole book about your topic, or a chapter within a book.

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