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Film, Theater, and Performing Arts Databases
(see also Music, Media, Television, Communications & Publishing, and General)

[Indexes]    [Online Video]    [Online Books]    [Also of Interest]


Indexes to Journals and Books:

Film & Television Literature Index (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive database covering the entire spectrum of television & film in popular, scholarly, trade, technical, and international publications. Subject coverage includes theory & criticism, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, preservation & restoration, news, and reviews. Includes over 32,500 full text movie reviews from Variety dating back to 1914 and over 24,000 classic color and black & white images of celebrity and entertainment photography, provided by the Motion Picture & Television Archives.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (ProQuest) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Provides the full text of seventeen primary-source US and UK trade magazines and fan magazines from the years 1880-2000 that cover the history of the film, music, radio, theater, television, and other entertainment industries such as vaudeville, music halls, and circuses. Includes: industry news - gossip columns - reviews and criticism - pop charts and statistics - interviews with major figures - development of new technologies - illustrations, photographs, and advertisements - and comprehensive information on specific films, plays, theaters, actors, directors, TV series, film studios, musicians, genres, record labels, subcultures, and youth movements. Titles include Stage (1880-2000), Variety (1905-2000), Billboard (1894-2000), Back Stage (1960-2000), Melody Maker (1926-2000), Broadcasting & Cable (1933-2000), and more.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Online Video:

Dance in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Contains hundreds of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies; experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes; documentaries by and about leading choreographers; videos on dance training; and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.

New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Includes over 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors and some 50 award winning short films. All films were presented at major film festivals. Many were nominated for awards, and many have won major awards. Collectively the films in the database have won more than 1,000 awards. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Staged productions, interviews, and documentaries - representing the world's best performers, conductors, and opera houses - cover the full range of operatic composition from the Baroque to the 20th century to present an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances worldwide allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Silent Film Online (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Collection of silent features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s which together represent the basis of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Provides complete streaming video of the world's leading plays, featuring an international range of playwrights, actors, and directors. Productions, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s, present works from the ancient Greeks up through the 20th century, including the complete works of Shakespeare - several with multiple productions for comparative analysis. It also provides many documentaries about theatre that explore the history, playwrights, individual plays, production, performance, and major companies through interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors as well as rare archival footage.

World Languages and Literature in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
A collection of biographies, documentaries, interviews, and dramatic adaptations covering the leading figures and literary traditions of world literature. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.


Online Encyclopedias and Books: Film - Theater & Performing Arts

ebrary (ebrary) Remote access available Full text available
Currently offers over 100,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports, and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history, language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor & Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more (more information).

Nonbook Materials Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Selective listing of electronic resources, audiobooks, video recordings, sound recordings, games, simulations, and much more for collection development, readers' advisory, and curriculum support, highlighting resources for schools and public libraries. Searches are possible by document type, author, title, subject, genre, and grade level. Annotations include review excerpts and awards. Cataloging information is provided for all items.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the culture of mass appeal - all the experiences in life shared by a people in common as well as those things created for the majority to be easily understandable and accessible (often disseminated by the mass media) to them. Includes: social life, music, print, film, television, radio, sports, art, performance, food, fashion, holidays, hairstyles, and more, emphasizing American popular culture in the second half of the 20th century. Each entry analyzes the topic and its significance within the broader cultural context.

Who's Buying Entertainment (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Examines how much Americans spend on amusing themselves by the following demographics: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Examines products and services such as sports and photographic equipment, sound components and TVs, videogames, movie and theater tickets, and much more.


Film:

Columbia Companion to American History on Film (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Historical analyses and interpretations of film texts that discuss how the movies have portrayed the American past. Separate sections cover: historical eras - wars & other major events - notable people - groups - institutions & movements - places - themes & topics - and myths & heroes.

International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Detailed essays and commentary provide biographies, filmographies, comprehensive credits, production information, major awards, and bibliographies for legendary films, actors, actresses, directors, writers, and other production artists.


Theatre and Performing Arts:
(For criticism of plays, see also: Literature)

Dance in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Contains hundreds of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies; experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes; documentaries by and about leading choreographers; videos on dance training; and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.

Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Provides complete streaming video of the world's leading plays, featuring an international range of playwrights, actors, and directors. Productions, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s, present works from the ancient Greeks up through the 20th century, including the complete works of Shakespeare - several with multiple productions for comparative analysis. It also provides many documentaries about theatre that explore the history, playwrights, individual plays, production, performance, and major companies through interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors as well as rare archival footage.

Thematic Guide to Modern Drama (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents essays on thirty-three subjects that weave their way through plays from the end of the 19th century to the present - with an emphasis on American dramatists but including those from other parts of the world - and highlights the variety of thought that exists in response to them. Each essay provides summaries and analyses of three plays that display contrasting views of the theme.


Also of Interest:

MLA International Bibliography (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Produced by the Modern Language Association, this detailed index of journal articles, books, book articles, and dissertations dates back to the 1920s and contains over 2.2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals and 1,000 book publishers. Provides international coverage of the theory and criticism of world literatures from the Middle Ages to the present. Also covers the dramatic arts, film, theatre, folklore, languages, linguistics, the history of publishing, and more, along with the teaching of these subjects on the college level.


Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.




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