The Moving Image Source Research Guide is a gateway to the best online resources related to film, television, and digital media.

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  • Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism   Peer Reviewed
    This online, refereed publication, a joint venture of the Universities of Warwick Reading, and Oxford, aims to create a forum for film- and television-related analysis, debate, and discussion.
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television  
    An online encyclopedia with more than 1,000 entries. Users can also search the museum's collection catalog.
  • Museum of Lone Pine Film History  
    Website of a museum devoted to the film history of Lone Pine, Death Valley, and the Eastern Sierra. Also features articles on the many westerns filmed at Lone Pine, as well as an inventory of the museum's collection of western film memorabilia, props, and oral histories.
  • Museum of Television Online Exhibits  
    Click on "exhibits" to see a timeline of television history, an exhibit on TV pioneers, and other online exhibits.
  • National Association of Theater Owners Statistics  
    A set of lists summarizing yearly American grosses, film attendance, and active film screens. The group also rates the popularity of various theater chains.
  • National Center for Jewish Film  
    Directory of Jewish films from the U.S., Israel, and abroad, including restorations of classic Yiddish-language films. The directory entries include a short summary and distribution information. Users can also search the collection catalog, which lists the holdings of the collection at Brandeis University.
  • National Film and Sound Archive Collection Spotlights  
    These themed online exhibitions help users explore the collection of the Australian Film and Sound Archive. There are many moving image-focused materials, including stills of famous Australian movie theaters, information about notable film and TV personalities, and information about the archive's own restoration of two Australian films, Jedda and The Story of the Kelly Gang.
  • National Film Preservation Foundation  
    Since created by Congress in 1996, the National Film Preservation Foundation has given preservation grants to 176 institutions across 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and has helped save more than 1,322 films and footage collections. The foundation also publish DVDs and guides and support other national preservation and access projects.
  • Neorealisme (BiFi)  
    BiFi's online exhibition on Italian Neorealism, by Pierre Sorlin. Features images, film clips, bibliographies, and a wealth of information. In French.
  • New York Times: Movies  
    A complete, searchable archive of New York Times film reviews. The search function links to an extensive database of profiles on individual films, filmmakers, and actors.
  • Nielsen Media Ratings  
    The latest TV ratings.
  • Offscreen  
    This Canadian journal features interviews, festival coverage, and essays on directors, Asian cinema, European cinema, documentaries and other topics. Offscreen and its French language sister journal Hors Champ have been online since 1997.
  • Old Corral: B Westerns  
    An extensive fan-created database of B westerns made during the heyday of the Hollywood studio system, between 1930 and 1960. Users can find information and photos on individual productions and on the stars of B westerns. Also included is historical information on the rise and fall of B picture/western production during this period.
  • Ozu Yasujiro  
    This website features an extensive filmography with detailed synopses, as well as scanned primary-source material in English and Japanese. Edited by Nick Wrigley from Masters of Cinema.
  • Paik Studios   Paid Subscription Required
    The official site of the late artist. Features articles and images.
    Biography and filmography of the Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, maintained by his friend and fellow filmmaker Mikhail Vardanov. Also includes a photo gallery.
  • Paul Schrader  
    Film descriptions, personal and production stills, portraits, writings by the filmmaker and writer Paul Schrader.
  • PBS 30-Second Candidate  
    An interactive online exhibit about the history and production of presidential campaign commercials, featuring a historical timeline and clips of interviews with campaign-ad experts. The site also is host to a short video emphasizing the craft of creating commercials (and its similarity to the craft of cinema) and a dissection of how the famous "Eisenhower Answers America" ads were created.
  • Peter Watkins  
    The official site of Peter Watkins, which includes original essays in which the filmmaker writes about his artistic intentions and inspirations. Includes a detailed filmography with director's commentary on each film.
  • PFA Cinefiles  
    The Pacific Film Archive conducts primary source research for the films it shows and has posted the results of that research. The database includes reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and more, covering more than 30,000 films. Materials that are not copyright-protected are available (usually as .GIF or .JPG files) for download.