Film History Index : Libraries
: Before cinema
- The British Film Institute This institute encompasses a library with books, periodicals, and microfilms of early and rare books and periodicals; Britain's National Film Archives; special collections with historical manuscripts, documents and other sources from individuals, companies and institutions; and several other services. The institute is now spread over several locations in London, but will soon be grouped together in a new building on the Southbank.
- Le Département des arts du spectacle de la Bibliothèque nationale de France Department of Performing Arts, National Library of France, Paris.
- Bibliothèque du Film Library of Cinema, Paris.
- Hochschulbibliothek * Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Potsdam
- Film 100The one hundred most influential people in the history of the movies. "The Film 100 is a large collection of biographical information, film studies, interactive demos, and web links."
- Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek - Filmmuseum Berlin
"The Filmmuseum Berlin, formerly known as the Deutsche Kinemathek, has collected everything that has to do with the
history of film and film exhibition and, to a lesser degree, television as well: film prints and all kinds of material indispensable for cinematic research, including film programs, posters, scenery and costume sketches, photos, scripts, estates, and other kinds of documents. The museum invites visitors to take athematic and chronological tour through the history of German cinema. The interconnection between Berlin and Hollywood forms another main focus of the collection, parallel to German film history. The museum currently possesses approximately 9,000 German and foreign silent and talking films. The other collections include over a million stills of scenes, portraits and productions, 30,000 screenplays, 20,000 posters, 60,000 film programs, admission tickets, filmographical and biographical materials, estates left to or acquired by the Kinemathek, as well as projectors, cameras and equipment from the dawn of cinema up to the present day. Sketches, scenery designs and models document developments in German film architecture from 1919 to the present. The most important collection of screenplays in Germany can be found at the Filmmuseum Berlin. The collection on the topic of special effects / fantastic film forms a further specialized area. The museum also holds documents on German film in exile. The Filmmuseum Berlin has probably the most extensive collection on this topic in the world. It centers around the correspondence of the famous American agency of Paul Kohner. The Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin contains the extensive estate of the German diva, which was acquired in 1993 by the Land Berlin and is now available for research."
- American Film Institute"The American Film Institute (AFI) is the nation's preeminent arts organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of the moving image. Since 1967, AFI has served as America's voice for film, television, video, and the digital arts, with innovative programs in education, training, exhibition, preservation, and new technology. AFI's commitment to visual storytelling is embodied by three main goals: to train, to preserve and to recognize the moving image as an art form. FI's National Center for Film and Video
Preservation coordinates and supports American oving image preservation activities, including gathering, databasing, and making accessible omprehensive documentation on America's moving image heritage. From the National Moving Image Database (NAMID) to the AFI Catalog to national preservation efforts, AFI is a leader and an advocate for the safeguarding of these American treasures."
- National Film Center, Japan "Library and film archives.The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo was opened in 1952
as Japan's first-ever national art museum. Since then, the Crafts
Gallery and the National Film Center have also been opened.
These three facilities engage in a wide range of activities,
including the collection and preservation of works of art, craft,
and film as well as of related materials; surveys and research on
these works; and exhibitions and screenings organized for the
- The News Film Library, University of SouthCarolina "In an historic 1980 donation, the University of South Carolina was selected to receive a portion of the Fox Movietonews newsreel collection by the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.
The Library owns 11 million feet of Twentieth Century Fox Movietonews reels and their associated outtakes. Included are all reels from 1919-1934, as well as the complete
newsreels and all associated outtakes from the important World War II period of September 1942 through August 1944.
The Movietonews reels preserve events of national and world significance such as speeches by Winston Churchill, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, and Herbert Hoover, and even
remarkably long speeches by the reputedly taciturn Calvin Coolidge. Great events like Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and the nation's reception of Amelia Earhart's flights are well
covered. The crown jewel of the collection is the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, a Movietonews exclusive. While Movietonews cameras captured these and many other
important people and events, of equal value are the vignettes of life from the 1920s and 1930s covering entertainment, lifestyles, fashions, farming, aviation, sports, occupations, women,
etc." The Library also has film and television archives received from South Carolina media companies.
- Bibliography of Chinese cinema
- University of Iowa Japanese film studies bibliography Bibliography of books in Japanese language available at this university.
- Medieval History in the Movies Thorough filmography of movies set in the middle ages.
" A list of movies on medieval themes. It is arranged thematically
following the general plan of the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.
"Medieval" has been taken very widely - from the first-century (CE)
Roman Empire until the 17th-century."
- Thematic bibliography about film and film history Provided by the Media Studies Working Group at Ryerson University, Canada
- The Internet Movie Database The most comprehensive film database on the web, starting in the late nineteenth century and covering numerous countries. Developed and maintained by a netowkr of volunteers and enthusiasts.
- Movie Star DatabaseDatabase of all Oscars awarded since 1927, and a history of the infamous Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- Asian Movie Database
- Hong Kong Movie Database
- Cinebrazil Movie DatabaseDatabase containing over 500 Brazilian feature films.
- The Classic Performers SiteRing
"A ring of sites dedicated to film and
television performers of the Golden Age,
true classics." This homepage with search facility directs you to a wide variety of sites about these stars.
- Cinema History An online history of cinema, including many links.
- Post colonial cinemas. "This site invites your participation in a course that critically examine functions of films and cinemas in contexts and countries
whose nationhood and cultural references are informed by colonial and anticolonial histories. The films will be looked at as
modes of signification and representation of national, class, racial, gender, and sexuality discourses. Issues of how films
textually negotiate conditions of being, belonging and becoming for various identities will be closely studied. Relationships
between cinemas as locations of spectating and as venues for articulating desires, fantasies, and tropes of cultural selfhood
will also be explored. The films and the contexts they are made for will be used in tracing colonial geographical frames and
postcolonial desires for re-articulating these frames."
the Film History Index
Film History Index offers world-wide resources dealing with the history of Film available
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Film History Index is a joint project between the European
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Film History Index was created in September 2000 as part of the WWW VL History
About the WWW VL History Network
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maintained by institutions throughout the world, each administering a different
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.The site was created and managed by Gerben Bakker, 1999-2001.
The Film History Index is maintained by Frédéric Gimello-Mesplomb, 2006-. (http://fgimello.free.fr/)
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updated the 10 May, 2007