eference Department
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A Selective Guide to Film Sources

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Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1979.
Ref. PN 1993.45 .K34.

Discusses film-related organizations and events, film terminology, and movie industry professionals. Includes fairly complete film credits for all individuals. Doesn't have entries for individual films. Includes information on the foreign film industry.

Halliwell, Leslie. Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion. (Seventh Edition). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980. Ref. PN 1993.45 .H3 1980.

Includes short entries on actors and actresses, films and film terminology. Concentrates on the British and American film industries.

New York Times Encyclopedia of Film. Edited by Gene Brown. New York: Times Books, 1984 (13 volumes). Ref. +PN 1993.45 .N4 1984.

A reprint collection of articles on film that appeared in the New York Times between 1896 and 1979. Arranged in order by date. Has an extensive index to subjects and people.

Green, Stanley. Encyclopedia of the Musical Film. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981. Ref. PN 1995.9 .M86 G7.

"Contains succinct information regarding the musical screen's most prominent individuals, productions and songs." Emphasis is on Hollywood output. Includes a bibliography and a discography.

Slide, Anthony. The American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986. Ref. PN 1993.5 .U6 S539.

Includes short articles on film companies, technological innovations, industry terms, genres and organizations. Covers the beginnings of the film industry to the present. Many articles have bibliographies.


International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Volume I: Films. Edited by Christopher Lyon. Chicago: St. James Press, Inc., 1984. Ref. PN 1997.8 I58 1984.

Includes a comprehensive list of credits, a bibliography, a plot summary and a critical analysis of each film. Discusses 500 of the "most widely studied films." Includes some foreign films.

Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films: First Series (4 volumes).
Ref. PN 1995 .M3 1980.

Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films: Second Series (6 volumes).
Ref. PN 1993.45 .M32 1981.

Magill's Survey of Cinema: Silent Films (3 volumes). Ref. PN 1995.75 .M33 1982.

Magill's American Film Guide. (5 volumes). Ref. PN 1997.8 .M24 1983.

Magill's Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films (8 volumes).
Ref. PN 1993.45 .M34 1986.

Magill's Cinema Annual. Ref. PN 1993.3 .M34 1982-.
Edited by Frank Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press.

Has lengthy signed essays on films. Essays give a plot summary, analyze the film and the people involved with it and tell how it was received. Selected credits are given. The annuals, besides containing essays on films released during the year, give obituaries of motion picture professionals, list film awards and give brief descriptions of films released during the year that weren't covered in the essay section.

Varity Film Reviews. New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1986. (18 volumes).
Ref. PN 1995 .V34 1983.

Film reviews are arranged by the date they appeared in Variety. The reviews, which include some credits, are more movie-industry oriented than those in other review books.

Nash, Jay Robert and Ross, Stanley Ralph. The Motion Picture Guide. Chicago: Cinebooks Inc. (14 volumes). Ref. PN 1995 .N346.

Each entry includes credits, a plot review and criticism of the film. The original set covers 1927 to 1983 and includes more than 50,000 English and foreign films. Has yearly updates.

Film Review Annual. Edited by Jerome S. Ozer. Englewood, NJ: Film Review Publications, 1981- . Ref. PN 1995 .F465.

Provides a collection of reviews in their entirety for films released in the U.S. during the year covered. Includes a bibliography of additional reviews for each film. Convenient source of different views on a movie but the reviews aren't always by the top critics.



The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Volume III: Actors and Actresses. Edited by James Vinson. Chicago: St. James Press, 1986. Ref. PN 1997.8 .I58 1984.

"Actors and actresses chosen for inclusion are meant to represent as wide a spectrum as possible." For each individual, gives a short biography, a list of roles, a bibliography and a short essay on his/her career.

The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema. Edited by Ann Lloyd and Graham Fuller. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1983. PN 1998 .A2 I48 1983.

Has a short entry on each person's life and career, and a list of their most important film credits. Includes character actors.

Truitt, Evelyn Mack. Who Was Who on Screen. New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1984.
Ref PN 1998 .A2 T73 1984.

Lists approximately 3,100 screen personalities who died between 1905 and 1982. Gives brief biographical information and a list of film credits for each.

Lieberman, Susan and Cable, Frances. Memorable Film Characters: An Index to Roles and Performers, 1915-1983. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984. Ref. Pn 1995.9 .C36 L5 1984.

Contains an alphabetical list of over 1,500 characters who appeared in movies between 1915 and 1983. Gives a description of each character and lists the films in which he/she appeared, the year the film was made and the actor who played the part. Has a film and an actor index.


International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Volume II: Directors/ Filmmakers. Edited by Christopher Lyon. Chicago: St. James Press, 1984. Ref. PN 1997.8 .I58 1984 v. 2.

Includes both American and foreign directors. For each director gives a short biography, film credits, a bibliography and a critical review of the director's career.

Sennett, Ted. Great Movie Directors. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1986.
Ref. +PN 1998 .A2 S43 1986.

Discusses over two hundred directors, "largely but not exclusively American, who have contributed indelibly or substantially to the development of the film." Each director receives a critical review, the length based upon the director's importance. Includes a photographs.

Coursdon, Jean-Pierre and Sauvage, Pierre. American Directors. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1983 (2 volumes). Ref. PN 1998 .A2 C657 1983.

The two volumes have 118 "original, comprehensive essays on virtually every American film director of recognized stature." Includes a filmography for each director.


Dictionary of Literary Biography: Volume 26: American Screenwriters. Edited by Robert Morsberger, Stephen Lesser and Randall Clark. Detroit, MI: Gale research Co., 1984
Ref. +PN 1998 .A2 A585 1984.

Dictionary of Literary Biography: Volume 44: American Screenwriters: Second Series. Edited by Randall Clark. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1986. Ref. +PN 1998 .A2 A586 1986.

The two volumes include a representative sample of 129 significant screenwriters. Only writers who wrote primarily for the screen are included. Has a long essay on each individual's career and work. Also gives a bibliography of work by and about each writer.

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Volume IV: Writers and Production Artists. Edited by James Vinson. Chicago: St. James Press, 1987. Ref. PN 1997.8 .I58 1984.

Besides writers, includes such people as producers, art directors, editors, special effects technicians, animators and composers. For each person gives biographical information, film credits, a bibliography and a short survey of the person's work.

Langman, Larry. A Guide to American Screenwriters: The Sound Era, 1929- 1982.
(2 volumes). New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1984. Ref. PN 1988 .L24 1984.

Lists the complete works of American screenwriters from 1929 to 1982. Includes almost 5,000 screenwriters and more than 20,000 titles. Volume I is arranged alphabetically by screenwriters and lists each writer's films. Volume II is an alphabetical list of films giving the name(s) of the screenwriter(s).


Wiley, Manson and Bona, Damien. Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986. Ref. PN 1993.5 .U6 W495 1986.

Has a seperate chapter for each year from 1927, when the Academy Awards were first given, to 1984. The first part of each chapter is devoted to movies and stars who were or were expected to be nominated for an Oscar. The second half of each chapter is devoted to the awards ceremony and the aftermath. The second part of the book has a full list of all Academy Awards nominees and winners.

International Motion Picture Almanac. Edited by Richard Gertner. New York: Quigley Publishing Co. Ref. +PN 1993.3 .I55 1970- .

This annual publication includes information on all areas of the movie industry. Has statistical information, a who's who section, and information on feature films, companies serving the film industry and the international film industry. Has detailed information on the year in movies covered (about two years behind the publication date).

Dimmitt, Richard Betrand. A Title Guide to the Talkies. New York: Scarecrow Press Inc., 1965 (2 volumes). Ref. PN 1998 .D55.

Aros, Andrew. A Title Guide to the Talkies, 1964 through 1974. New York: Scarecrow Press Inc., 1977. Ref. PN 1998 .A6695.

"Indicates the original work upon which a film is based." First two volumes list 16,000 films made between October 1927 and December 1963. The update includes movies made between 1964 and 1974.

Rehrauer, George. The Macmillian Film Bibliography. New York: Macmillian Publishing Co., 1982 (2 volumes). Ref. +Z5784 .M9 R423 1982.

Annotated bibliography of 6,762 books covering all aspects of fims. Volumes II contains an author index, script index and a comprehensive subject index.

Compiled by Kelly Nagle
Spring 1987

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