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Film: reference sources

 

This is a selective list of reference sources on the subject of cinema, concentrating on bibliographies and other finding aids. The shelfmark of each item is given at the end of the citation. Items marked by an asterisk are not on open access; other items are available in the Humanities Reading Room. Much relevant material will also be found in Explore the British Library. Electronic resources can be accessed in the Electronic Resources Rooms in both Humanities 1 and 2.
A separate list of performing arts websites is also available.

BibliographiesEncyclopedias and companions
BiographyFilmographies
CataloguesGenres
DictionariesHistories
DirectoriesBritish cinema

 

 Bibliographies

Baskin, Ellen, Enser's filmed books and plays: a list of books and plays from which films have been made, 1928-1991. Aldershot: Ashgate, c1993.
HLR791.4375
 
The complete index to literary sources on film. Edited by Alan Goble. London: Bowker-Saur, c1999.
HLR791.4375
 
Costello, Tom, International guide to literature on film. London: Bowker-Saur, c1994.
HLR791.4375
 
Ellis, Jack C., The film book bibliography, 1940-1975. By Jack C. Ellis, Charles Derry, Sharon Kern. Metuchen: London: Scarecrow Press, 1979.
HLR791.43
 
Emmons, M., Film and television: a guide to the reference literature. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
HLR 791.43
 
*Hecht, Hermann, Pre-cinema history: an encyclopaedia and annotated bibliography of the moving image before 1896. London: Bowker-Saur, in association with the British Film Institute, c1993.
2725.g.1640
 
Samples, Gordon, How to locate reviews of plays and films: a bibliography of criticism from the beginnings to the present. Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1976. .
HLR791.4375
 
Schuster, Mel, Motion picture performers: a bibliography of magazine and periodical articles, 1900-1969. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1971.
HUR791.43028
 

 Biography

*Acker, Ally, Reel women: pioneers of the cinema 1896 to the present. London: Batsford, c1991.
YC.1991.b.6999
 
Contemporary British & Irish directors. Edited by Yoram Allon, Del Cullen and Hannah Patterson. London: Wallflower, 2001.
HLR791.43092
 
Contemporary theatre, film, and television. Vol.1- . Detroit: Gale, 1984- .
HLR792.028
 
*Donnelley, Paul, Fade to black: a book of movie obituaries. London: Omnibus, 2000.
YC.2000.a.13097
 
*Doyle, Billy H., The ultimate directory of film technicians: a necrology of dates and places of births and deaths of more than 9,000 producers, screenwriters, composers, cinematographers, art directors, costume designers, choreographers, executives, and publicists. Lanham, Md.: London: Scarecrow Press, 1999.
YC.1999.a.4867
 
Doyle, Billy H., The ultimate directory of silent and sound era performers: a necrology of actors and actresses. Lanham, Md.: London: Scarecrow Press, 1999.
HLR.791.43028
 
International dictionary of films and filmmakers. 4 volumes. Detroit: London: St. James Press, c2000.
HLR791.4303
 
Thomson, David, The new biographical dictionary of film. 5th edition. London: Little, Brown, 2010.
HLR 791.43092
 
Truitt, Evelyn Mack, Who was who on screen. New York: London: Bowker, 1983.
HLR791.43028
 
The Wallflower critical guide to contemporary North American directors. Yoram Allon, Del Cullen and Hannah Patterson, editors. London: Wallflower, 2001.
HLR791.43092
 
Women filmmakers & their films. Editor, Amy L.Unterburger. Detroit: London: St. James Press, c1998.
HLR791.43092
 

 Catalogues

British Film Institute, Catalogue of the Book Library of the British Film Institute. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall and Co., 1975. 3 vols.
HLL791.43
 

 Dictionaries

Critical dictionary of film and television theory. Edited by Philip Simpson and Roberta Pearson. London: Routledge, 2000.
HLR791.4303
 
*A dictionary of cinema quotations from filmmakers and critics: over 3400 axioms, criticisms, opinions and witticisms from 100 years of the cinema. Compiled and edited by Stephen M. Ringler. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, 2000.
YC.2001.b.1261
 
*Jackson, Kevin, The language of cinema. Manchester: Carcanet, 1998.
YC.1998.a.2861
 
*Konigsberg, Ira, The complete film dictionary. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.
YK.1998.b.2207
 
Moore, Frank Ledlie, Dictionary of the performing arts. Frank Ledlie Moore and Mary Varchaver. Chicago, Ill.: Contemporary Books, c1999.
HLR790.203
 

 Directories

Morgan, Robin, The Sunday Times 1000 makers of the cinema. Robin Morgan and George Perry. London: Thames & Hudson, 1997.
YK.1999.b.7220
 
The researcher's guide: film, television, radio and related documentation collections in the UK. Edited by Jim Ballantyne. London: British Universities Film & Video Council, 2001.
HLR Enquiry Desk 026.791
HUS791.407441
 

 Encyclopedias and Companions

*American Film Institute, Desk reference. Edited by Melinda Corey, George Ochoa. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2002.
YK.2002.a.19174
 
Berry, S. Torriano, Historical dictionary of African American cinema. Lanham, Md.; Plymouth: Scarecrow Press, 2006.
HLR 791.4303
 
*The Blackwell companion to film theory. Edited by Toby Miller and Robert Stam. Malden, Mass.: Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.
YC.2000.b.600
 
The encyclopedia of British film. Edited by Brian McFarlane. London : Methuen, 2003.
HLR791.4303
 
Flynn, R., and Brereton, P., Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
HLR 791.4303
 
Hayward, Susan, Cinema studies: the key concepts. London: Routledge, 2000.
HLR791.4303
 
Katz, Ephraim, The Macmillan international film encyclopedia. 4th revised edition. London: Macmillan, 2001.
HLR791.4303
 
Moliterno, G., Historical dictionary of Italian cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
HLR 791.4303
 
Moran, Albert, Historical dictionary of Australian and New Zealand cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2005.
HLR 791.4303
 
Oscherwitz, Dayna, Historical dictionary of French cinema. Lanham, Md.; Plymouth: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
HLR 791.4303
 
The Oxford companion to film. Edited by Liz-Anne Bawden. London: Oxford University Press. 1976.
HLR791.4303
 
Reimer, R.C. and C.J., Historical dictionary of German cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
HLR 791.4303
 
*Robertson, Patrick, Film facts. London: Aurum, 2001.
YK.2001.b.4897
 
Rollberg, Peter, Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2009.
HLR 791.4303
 
Schirmer encyclopedia of film. Barry Keith Grant, editor in chief. Detroit; London: Schirmer Reference, c2007.
HLR 791.4303
 
Stokes, L.O., Historical dictionary of Hong Kong cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
HLR 791.4303
 
*Unruly pleasures: the cult film and its critics. Edited by Xavier Mendik and Graeme Harper. Guildford: FAB, 2000.
m01/16785
 

 Filmographies

The British cinema source book. BFI archive viewing copies and library materials. Edited by Elaine Burrows ... [et al.]. London: BFI Publishing, 1995.
HUS791.430941016
 
The complete index to British sound film since 1928. Edited by Alan Goble. London: Bowker Saur, c1999.
HLR791.4375
 
Dimmitt, Richard Bertrand, A title guide to the talkies: a comprehensive listing of 16,000 feature-length films from October, 1927, until December, 1963.
New York: Scarecrow Press, 1965. 2 vols.
HLR791.4375
 
*Gifford, Denis, British animated films, 1895-1985: a filmography. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, c1987.
YC.1988.b.2391
 
Gifford, Denis, The British film catalogue: a reference guide. Volume 1, Fiction film 1895-1994. Volume 2, Non-fiction film 1888-1994. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000.
HLR791.4375
 
*Halliwell, Leslie, Halliwell's film & video guide 2002. Edited by John Walker. London: HarperCollinsEntertainment, 2001.
YK.2001.b.5205
 
*The international film index 1895-1990. Edited by Alan Goble. London: Bowker-Saur, c1991.
YC.1992.b.1580
 
*Lentz, Harris M., Feature films, 1960-1969: a filmography of English-language and major foreign-language United States releases. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, c2001.
YC.2001.b.1904
 
*Nowlan, Robert A., The films of the eighties: a complete, qualitative filmography to over 3400 feature-length English language films, theatrical and video-only, released between January 1, 1980 and December 31,1989. Robert A. Nowlan, Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan.
Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, 1991.
YC.1991.b.6150
 
*Nowlan, Robert A., The films of the nineties: a complete, qualitative filmography of over 3000 feature-length English language films, theatrical and video-only, released between January 1, 1990, and December 31,1999. By Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, c2001.
YC.2001.a.18443
 
*Rainey, Buck, Serials and series: a world filmography, 1912-1956. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, c1999.
YC.1999.b.4330
 
Sloan, Jane, Reel women: an international directory of contemporary feature films about women. Lanham, Md.; Plymouth: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
HLR 791.4375
 
*Time out film guide. 9th ed., etc. London: Penguin, 2001- .
ZC.9.a.6131
 
*Virgin film guide. 1st edition, etc. London: Virgin Books, 1992- .
Wanting vol. 4 (1994) and vol. 7 (1998).
ZK.9.a.3706
 

 Genres

*The BFI companion to crime. Edited by Phil Hardy. London: Cassell, 1997.
YK.1998.b.337
 
*The BFI companion to horror. Edited by Kim Newman. London: Cassell, 1996.
YC.1997.b.231
 
*The BFI companion to the western. Edited by Edward Buscombe. London: A. Deutsch, 1993.1996 [printing].
YK.1997.b.3244
 
*Cochran, David, America noir: underground writers and filmmakers of the postwar era. Washington [D.C.]: London: Smithsonian Institution Press, c2000.
YC.2000.a.10213
 
*Fagen, Herb, The encyclopedia of westerns. New York: Checkmark; London: Eurospan, c2003.
YC.2004.b.1378
 
*Film noir: the encyclopedia. Edited by Alain Silver [et al]. New York: Overlook Duckworth,  2010.
YC.2010.b.2065
 
*Fischer, Dennis, Science fiction film directors, 1895-1998. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, c2000.
YC.2000.b.1761
 
*The Virgin encyclopedia of stage and film musicals. Colin Larkin. London: Virgin in association with Muze UK Ltd., 1999.
YC.2000.a.6467
 
*Webb, Graham, The animated film encyclopedia: a complete guide to shorts, features and sequences 1900-1980. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, 2000.
YC.2000.b.1713
 

 Histories

The Oxford history of world cinema. Edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press,1996.
HLR 791.4309
 
Sklar, Robert, A world history of film. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
HLR 791.4309
 

 British cinema

The British cinema source book. BFI archive viewing copies and library materials. Edited by Elaine Burrows ... [et al.]. London: BFI Publishing, 1995.
HUS791.430941016
 
*British stars and stardom: from Alma Taylor to Sean Connery. Edited by Bruce Babington. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001.
YC.2001.a.21474
 
*Caughie, John, The companion to British and Irish cinema. John Caughie with Kevin Rockett. London: Cassell [and] British Film Institute, 1996.
YC.1996.a.3471
 
*Chibnall, Stephen, The British ’B’ film. Stephen Chibnall, Brian MacFarlane. London : BFI, c2009.
m09/.37710 DSC
 
The complete index to British sound film since 1928. Edited by Alan Goble. London: Bowker Saur, c1999.
HLR791.4375
 
Contemporary British & Irish directors. Edited by Yoram Allon, Del Cullen and Hannah Patterson. London: Wallflower, 2001.
HLR791.43092
 
*Ede, Laurie N., British film design: a history. London: I. B. Tauris, c2010.
YC.2010.a.6203
 
The encyclopedia of British film. Edited by Brian McFarlane. London : Methuen, 2003.
HLR791.4303
 
*Gifford, Denis, British animated films, 1895-1985: a filmography. Jefferson, N.C.: London: McFarland, c1987.
YC.1988.b.2391
 
Gifford, Denis, The British film catalogue: a reference guide. Volume 1, Fiction film 1895-1994. Volume 2, Non-fiction film 1888-1994. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000.
HLR791.4375
 
*Harper, Sue, Women in British cinema: mad, bad, and dangerous to know. London: New York: Continuum, 2000.
m01/17750
 
*Low, Rachael and Manvell, Arnold Roger, The History of the British Film ... Based upon research of the History Committee of the British Film Institute, etc. George Allen & Unwin: London, 1948- .
W.P.6746
 
*Low, Rachael and Manvell, Arnold Roger, The history of the British film. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1973- .
X.0981/609
 
*Low Rachael, The history of the British film. By Rachael Low and Roger Manvell. 1929-1939.London: Allen & Unwin,1979- .
Documentary and educational films of the 1930's (1979)
X.989/89254
Films of comment and persuasion of the 1930s (1979)
X.989/88215
Film making in 1930s Britain (1985)
X.950/44632
 
Mayer, G., Guide to British cinema. Westport, Conn. ; London : Greenwood Press, 2003.
HLR791.4303
 
The researcher's guide: film, television, radio and related documentation collections in the UK. Edited by Jim Ballantyne. London: British Universities Film & Video Council, 2001.
HLR Enquiry Desk 026.791
HUS791.407441
 
 

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