The emphasis of the print and electronic film collection is on materials appropriate for undergraduate level studies as well as graduate student and faculty study and research mirroring curriculum strengths at UCSD. This includes materials on film history, theory, and criticism, film production, commercial and documentary film and experimental film and film making.
The collection supports the study of film world-wide with particular strengths in United States and European cinema and growing collections in the area of Pacific Rim cinema. Holdings include materials supporting the study of films produced in Latin America, Russia and the former Soviet Republics, Africa, the Subcontinent, Melanesia, Australia, and New Zealand..
The study of film is rigorously taught through several departments including but not limited to; Literature, Visual Arts, Communications, Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology and Theater. Though there is no formal Film Studies Department at UCSD, in 2001 a cross-departmental Film Studies minor was established, requiring students to take 7 film courses from at least 2 different academic departments.
Primary Library of Congress call numbers
PN 1993-1999 Motion pictures
TR 845-899 Cinematography. Motion pictures.
Comprehensive information on all American films, 1893 to 1970 with plot summaries, production history, and cast information.
1984-present. Abstracts and text of journal articles on art, architecture, photography, film and related disciplines.
1972-present. Includes International Index to Film Periodicals and International Index to Television Periodicals. Also several other more specialized databases on film research.
An index to over 200 journals and magazines in the fields of dance, drama, film, theater, opera, puppetry, circus, and other forms of performance art.
Reviews, plot summaries, cast information; television too: over 200,000 movie and TV titles are covered.
Edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, 1996. Authoritative resource for cinema history. Covers 1895-1995 with articles by some of the best film historians.
Bibliographer: Film Studies
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