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Movie Reviews And Other Articles On Films

This link will take you to a list of W&L databases which contain evaluations or essays on motion pictures, both contemporary and historical.
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A To Z Of French Cinema

2009 volume contains hundreds of alphabetically-arranged entries detailing the history of French film from the silent era to the present, covering major actors, directors, films, movements, producers, and studios associated with French cinema. You may preview the contents.
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Bigger Than Blockbusters: Movies That Defined America

2009 volume contains chronologically-arranged essays on about 200 of "the most significant and influential films in American culture" and the eras in which they were created.
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Companion To German Cinema

2012 collection of over 20 essays on modern German film, "the aim of which is to rehearse while intellectually resituating the critical developments that have occurred in and around this field since the turn of the twenty- first century." You may preview the contents.
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Companion To Latin American Film

This 2004 volume opens with a brief history of Latin American film and then moves to detailed analyses of 25 of the best Latin American films, culminating with City of God (2002). You may preview the contents, including a list of films covered.
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Directory Of World Cinema: Australia And New Zealand

2010 volume offers "essays about prominent genres and themes, profiles of directors, and comprehensive reviews of significant titles." You may preview the contents.
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Directory Of World Cinema: East Europe

2011 volume "explores important genres in the cinema of Eastern and East Central Europe, including war films, new wave, comedies, and surrealist art cinema, with essays on the most prolific filmmakers, in-depth reviews of key titles," and more. You may preview the contents.
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Directory Of World Cinema: Spain

2011 volume features "essays establishing the key players and genres in their sociopolitical context, including civil war films, romances, comedies, and the cinema of the transition," with reviews covering individual titles in considerable depth. You may preview the contents.
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Encyclopedia Of Early Cinema

Nearly 1,000 signed entries covering film production, filmmakers, film genres, and individual films from the 1890's to the 1910's. (Published in 2005.)
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Fifty Contemporary Film Directors

Second edition (2010) provides signed, biographical and critical, essays on 50 contemporary filmmakers (directors) from the U.S. and elsewhere. Entries are arranged alphabetically. You may preview the contents.
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Fifty Key American Films

2009 volume contains signed essays on 50 important motion pictures, arranged chronologically.
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Film Studies : An Introduction

As the Introduction states, "This [2009] book is designed to provide a basic introduction to the academic discipline known as film studies. It covers, in the first eleven chapters, the fundamental elements of formal film analysis... " You may preview the contents.
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Historical Dictionary Of American Cinema

2011 volume consists mostly of about 500 alphabetically-arranged entries outlining "people, films, companies, techniques, themes, and genres."
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Historical Dictionary Of Spanish Cinema

2010 volume consists primarily of alphabetically-arranged entries on key Spanish film titles, actors, institutes, and directors, but also includes a chronology and bibliography. You may preview the contents.
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International Dictionary Of Films And Filmmakers

Comprehensive four-volume resource (4th edition, 2000) provides thorough coverage of films and filmmakers through the spring of 2000. Entrants include legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists.
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Introduction To Criticism: Literature - Film - Culture

2011 guide covers traditional approaches such as formalism and structuralism, as well as more recent developments in criticism such as evolutionary theory, cognitive studies, ethical criticism, and ecocriticism, with explanations of key works and major ideas in literary criticism, film studies, and gender criticism. You may preview the contents.
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Movie Reviews And Other Articles On Films

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Routledge Companion To Film History

2010 volume consists of two parts: a set of 11 essays on various themes, such as film as art and documentary film; an alphabetically-arranged "critical dictionary" that "explains concepts, summarizes debates in film studies, defines technical terms, describes major periods and movements, and discusses historical situations and the film industry." You may preview the contents.
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Routledge Companion To Philosophy And Film

Collection (2008) of about sixty signed essays explores "the main themes, topics, thinkers and issues in philosophy and film," arranged in four parts: issues and concepts; authors and trends; genres; film as philosophy. You may preview the contents.
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Schirmer Encyclopedia Of Film

Four-volume set (2007) covers such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory, and film history. Approximately 200 entries cover specific topics, including acting, censorship, editing, lighting, career profiles, etc.
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Wiley-Blackwell History Of American Film

Organized into four chronologically-arranged volumes, this 2012 set contains over 90 original essays offering an "overview of American film history from the intersecting perspectives of industry, audiences, aesthetics, culture, politics, issues, and ideology." You may preview the table of contents.
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