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  • 10 Shades of Noir  
    Brief synopses and background information on 10 important noir films, written by scholars and other contributors to Images (a film journal meant for a popular audience). A good source of basic and reliable information on the genre.
  • 3-D Film Archive  
    Founded in 1990 by Bob Furmanek, the 3-D Film Archive is dedicated to saving and preserving the heritage of stereoscopic film. The organization has located and restored original dual-strip 35mm Polaroid prints of more than thirty features and two dozen shorts from 1922-1955.
  • ABC News Video Source   Paid Subscription Required
    View over 100 years of video and newsreels from ABC's archives.
  • adaweb  
    Active from 1994 to 1997 and archived by the Walker Art Center, this website was among the first and most influential sites devoted to Internet-based art.
  • Administration Commission of Motion Picture Code of Ethics (Japan)  
    The Administrative Commission of Motion Picture Code of Ethics is a nongovernmental body responsible for the regulation of film and video in Japan. This website provides information on the commission.
  • AFI Silent Film Database  
    A comprehensive database of silent film synopses, with extensive cast and crew information. Titles can be sorted by keyword (everything from "Romance" to "Vamps" to "Amusement Parks").
  • African Cinema and African Cinematic Representation: A Selected Bibliography/Videography   Peer Reviewed
    The resources listed are available in the UC-Berkeley library, but many of the books can be found elsewhere.
  • African Cinema: A Biblio/Filmography   Peer Reviewed
    This site features a bibliography of materials held at Brown University.
  • African Film Library  
    Over 600 digitally remastered African films and documentaries in English, French, Arabic, or Portuguese are available for a fee for 24-hour download.
  • 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.
  • Agrasanchez Film Archive  
    The Agrasanchez Film Archive is a privately owned film archive specializing in Mexican cinema following its conversion to sound. Although its holdings have not been completely cataloged and are at present not available to the public, the website features information on the archive's tentative future as well as several articles pertaining to the history of Mexican cinema.
  • American Film Institute   Paid Subscription Required
    The American Film Institute promotes screen education throughout the United States as well as various preservation initiatives. This website provides basic information about the AFI, as well as a catalogue of the Louis B. Mayer Library.
  • 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.
  • American Masters Database  
    Read well-researched biographies of important film and television personalities.
  • American Widescreen Museum  
    The American Widescreen Museum is a collection of online exhibitions on a variety of film exhibition and technology topics, including wide screen systems, color history, sound development, aspect ratios, preservation, and restoration. The websites feature a variety of resources such as technical publications, filmographies, poster galleries, journal publications, and other reference tools.
  • Anthology's Essential Cinema list  
    A list of films from the Anthology Film Archives collection, which features large holdings in experimental film (especially American experimental film of the 1960s and 1970s). Browse by director or film title.
  • Arcade History  
    A searchable database of classic arcade games, including general information on the games themselves as well as more technical information about the consoles.
  • Archive Grid   Paid Subscription Required
    Search for primary sources in American archives. The site will tell you the title of a work or file and which archive it is in, but you will have to contact each specific archive to be able to access those works.
  • Archive of American Television  
    This website, created by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive of American Television, is home to more than 500 interviews with TV pioneers.
  • Archives Françaises du Film   Peer Reviewed
    Search the collection of the physical archive. In French.