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Reference texts, like encyclopedias, directories, and dictionaries, can be starting points for research on a person or topic. Below are some titles for Film Studies that can be found in Beeghly Library.
Dictionary of Film Terms by Frank Beaver
Call Number: Ref TR847 .B43 1994
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
This expanded, updated version of a book that has become a standard reference in film studies defines clearly and concisely the essential terms of film analysis, appreciation, and production. The Dictionary of Film Terms is unique among handbooks of its kind for focusing on the aesthetic values of filmmaking; technique (the wipe, the crosscut, the process shot) - is consistently explained in light of how it functions in the service of artistic expression.
Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series by Richard B. Armstrong; Mary Willems Armstrong
Call Number: Ref PN1997.8 .A76 2001
Publication Date: 2000-11-15
This work includes over 670 entires on a variety of film themes, settings, and series. Each entry contains a mini-essay that defines the topic, followed by a chronological list of representative films. Example entries are alcoholism, the RBI, oil wells and twins.
The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film by John C. Tibbetts; James M. Welsh
Call Number: Ref PN1997.85 .T54 1998
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film provides the first comprehensive look between the pages and behind the scenes of this long-standing cinematic tradition. More than 300 entries and 100 black-and-white movie stills and illustrations survey film adaptations of novels from Alice in Wonderland to Zorba the Greek with insightful commentary and in meticulous detail.
Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema by S. Torriano Berry; Venise T. Berry
Call Number: Ref PN1995.9.N4 B433 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-26
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film by Barry Keith Grant (Editor)