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  • Maysles Films  
    Some general information about the Maysles from the official website of Maysles Films, including news on new features and commercial work. Check the press section for a collection of scanned news articles about the documentarians.
  • MovieTone Archive  
    The complete archive of MovieTone newsreels and documentaries. All are free for individuals to view.
  • Moving History: UK Film Archives  
    A guide to the holdings of 12 different film archives in England. Click "films" to search the large collection of digitized video, or click on one of the archives for more information about the archive and its holdings.
  • National Film and Sound Archive Collection  
    Search the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's catalog, which contains items that are in the physical archive in Canberra.
  • National Film Board of Canada  
    The National Film Board of Canada’s website has streaming video of more than 700 films, trailers, and clips for free viewing. The collection is easy to browse and includes animation, documentaries, narrative films, and experimental films, in French and English. The Playlists section consists of annotated viewing lists from invited film experts.
  • NBC News Archives   Paid Subscription Required
    View thousands of video clips from NBC's archives. Registration is necessary.
  • Neorealisme (BiFi)  
    BiFi's online exhibition on Italian Neorealism, by Pierre Sorlin. Features images, film clips, bibliographies, and a wealth of information. In French.
  • Newsfilm Library (University of South Carolina)  
    A complete, searchable index of everything in the Fox Movietone News and Local Television News collections, as well as selected film clips (Quicktime format) available online.
  • Origins of American Animation (Library of Congress)  
    This website, maintained by the Library of Congress, offers 21 animated films and two fragments from the early days of American animation. Included are examples of clay, puppet, and cutout animation, as well as pen drawings, in a variety of formats for both streaming and download.
  • 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.
  • Political Advertising Resource Center  
    PARC's website compiles campaign advertising from recent elections and analyzes voter reactions to the ads. Also, their "Campaign 2008" section includes a running archive of ads, including transcripts.
  • Roland Collection of Films and Videos on Art  
    The Roland Collection consists of 640 films and videos on art, made by 230 filmmakers from 25 different countries.
  • Scottish Screen Archives  
    While its primary purpose is to provide an online catalog of films in the Scottish Screen Archives collection, this website also offers over a thousand clips extracted from its holdings. In addition to these clips, each listing includes a detailed description. Users may browse the films and television programs in the archives' holdings by place, subject, biography, or decade.
  • Sloan Science and Film  
    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Film website hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image "supports the creation of realistic and entertaining stories about science and technology, many of which challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers". The website features full-length digital films, dialogues between scholars and filmmakers, and a selection of articles written by film critics.
  • Small Screen: Vintage Broadcasting  
    This website features a wealth of vintage television clips, along with explanatory articles.
  • Soviet Estonia: Film Clips  
    Clips from the 1950s Soviet newsreel archive. The main website gives more information about Estonian film and information on their national archive.
  • Spielberg Film Archive  
    An archive of over 400 films by and about Jews from Israel, America, Europe, and beyond. Many selections from the catalog can be viewed online, but Windows Media Player is required.
    Online gallery and archive showcases innovative work in video and film by artists worldwide. Founded by Tank magazine.
  • The Criterion Collection  
    Since 1984, the Criterion Collection has been dedicated to gathering important classic and contemporary films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. The website offers an “online cinematheque” with the possibility to buy or watch films online, film essays, interviews, reviews, top-ten lists, and festivals online.
  • The New Carl Theodor Dreyer Website  
    This website devoted to the Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer features a biography, a filmography, a selection of short films and clips, scripts in Danish, and a database for the collection held by the Danish Film Institute (DFI).