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  • Academic Search Premier   Paid Subscription Required Peer Reviewed
    Search the full text of more than 4,500 academic journals.
  • African Women in Cinema Project   Peer Reviewed
    This website provides research and resource guides for the study of African women filmmakers. It includes a filmography and bibliography, as well as a teaching and learning guide to the study of African women in cinema.
  • American Jewish Committee Archives  
    This online collection features extensive audiovisual content from the American Jewish Committee's anti-prejudice campaigns in the post-World War II era. Here users will find, in addition to the films themselves, plentiful primary documentation produced by the AJC's television department about the production of these cartoons and live-action short subjects. Also includes the audio content of AJC-related radio programs from 1939 to 1955.
  • Art Full Text   Paid Subscription Required Peer Reviewed
    A database that indexes and abstracts articles in scholarly art-related periodicals, including a number of film journals. Some are full text and some are not.
  • Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film  
    Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film covers the world of creative independent filmmaking—avant-garde, experimental, underground and cult film—and features reviews, trailers, film festival lineups, filmmaker interviews, image galleries, short films, and news.
  • BFI Features: Black Cinema  
    The British Film Institute's hub for all BFI projects related to black cinema. The site includes teaching and study guides, lists of BFI-published books and DVDs, and links to articles on black cinema. Also included are the results of the 2007 UK poll on "The 100 Black Screen Icons." The BFI also publishes "Nu-Visions," a resource site for young filmmakers, which is aimed at a multicultural UK audience.
  • BFI Features: Cinema Italia Gallery  
    A broad overview of Italian cinema from its inception to the present. Using short descriptions and still images from the British Film Institute's still collection, the site covers early Italian film, fascist propaganda and the "white telephone" pictures of the 1930s and 1940s, Neorealism, Spaghetti Westerns, the work of Fellini and Visconti, and contemporary filmmaking.
  • Bibliography on Psychiatry in the Movies   Peer Reviewed
    List of books and articles on the representation of psychiatry in cinema, from the University of Chicago department of psychiatry.
  • Black Film Center and Archive   Peer Reviewed
    Browse films available in the physical collection (in Bloomington, Indiana) by director or title. Video transfers can be purchased for nonprofit purposes. A few clips from the center's public-domain holdings are available on the site, in Quicktime format.
  • Black Film Research Online  
    A database of online resources pertaining to the study of black cinema. Users can search for collections contained in archives, public libraries, and university libraries, as well as for more specific online content on black cinema festivals and retrospectives and online scholarly resources.
  • Blaxploitation Database  
    This database, created by fans, lists hundreds of blaxploitation films and soundtracks. This exhaustive list includes short synopses and information about DVD availability.
  • Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen  
    An online exhibit, rich in primary sources, exploring the amusements available to the African American population of Macon, Georgia, from 1912 to the 1930s.
  • Bright Lights Film Journal  
    Bright Lights Film Journal is an online publication devoted to examining "classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political." In addition to original articles on film criticism, the Journal also regularly features book and film reviews.
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)  
    BAFTA is the leading independent charity supporting, developing, and promoting the art forms of the moving image in the UK, from Film and Television to Video Games and Interactive Media. The website offers articles, photos, videos, podcasts, a guide to directing, a calendar of events, as well as a searchable database of BAFTA award winners.
  • British Film Institute Bibliographies  
    The British Film Institute library's series of topical bibliographies and reading lists (some of which are annotated). These bibliographies provide an introduction to the key critical texts for each topic. There is also a general "books about film" list and a list of directories for UK film, television, video, and media.
  • Cahiers du Cinema  
    The main page of the website for the influential French film magazine cofounded by André Bazin is available in multiple languages. Back issues can be ordered and are indexed and searchable in the archive (only available in French) by issue number, date, title, author, interviewer, film, director, or production year.
  • California Newsreel  
    California Newsreel is the leading supplier of social justice documentaries with an emphasis on works that advance "racial justice and diversity, and the study of African American life and history as well as African culture and politics." In addition to the films that it sells and rents, this website also features a number of articles about the history of California Newsreel and the films it distributes.
  • Canadian Film Encyclopedia  
    An online reference project from the Film Reference Library, a leading educator and research and information resource for Canadian film. Currently, the Canadian Film Encyclopedia includes over 750 film title, biographical, and subject entries, covering some of Canada's foremost historical and modern films and filmmakers. The CFE also includes original writing from Canadian film critics, professionals, academics, and theorists as well as a bibliography section featuring key print and electronic resources on Canadian film.
  • Canadian Journal of Film Studies   Peer Reviewed
    The Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue Canadienne d’études cinématographiques is an academic peer-reviewed film journal that is published bi-annually. It launched in 1990, and the complete archive is available online for PDF download.
  • Chicago Reader Brief Reviews  
    The Chicago Reader's searchable archive of brief movie reviews contains more than 10,000 capsule reviews by current and past critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum and Dave Kehr. Some full-length reviews, dating from 1988, are also available on the site.