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*Film Studies

Guide to resources for research in Film, Television & Media Studies at Brandeis

Library of Congress subject headings

Subject headings for Film studies may not be what you expect. Use "motion pictures" for movies. Try the following patterns:

English Literature — Film and video adaptations
Feature films — Argentina [motion pictures from Argentina]
Film adaptations
Film criticism
Historical films — History and criticism
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899–1980 — Criticism and interpretation
Motion picture actors and actresses — United States
Motion picture audiences [for spectatorship]
Motion picture authorship [for screenwriters]
Motion picture industry — Germany
Motion picture plays
Motion pictures — Aesthetics
Motion pictures — Dictionaries
Motion pictures — France [for works on motion pictures shown in France or produced by French film companies]
Motion pictures, French [for works on motion pictures produced by French film companies and shown outside of France]
Motion pictures — History
Motion pictures — Philosophy
Motion pictures — Reviews
Motion pictures — Semiotics
Motion pictures — Social aspects
Realism in motion pictures
Silent films — Italy — History and criticism


Terms courtesy of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries' Film Studies Guide.

Search tips: screenplays

Library of Congress subject headings can be idiosyncratic -- the following are terms you may encounter in your database and catalog searching:

• Film adaptations
• Motion picture authorship
• Motion picture plays
• Motion picture plays — Technique
• Storyboards
• Austen, Jane, 1775–1817 — Film and video adaptations
Sense and sensibility (Motion picture)

Terms courtesy of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries' Film Studies Guide.

Access to major digitized archives

If you're having trouble finding a digitized copy of a print item, try the Internet Archive -- you'll be surprised by the range of materials you can find there.