More than a year ago, I wrote a post about a couple of free web sites featuring “the best” in the movie world to help you pick flicks you may want to watch. Today I am thrilled to share with you the news of new e-resources the library just bought for both serious and not so serious research on film making. So, here they are:
VideoHounds Golden Movie Retriever (cool name, eh?)
Briefly reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
Use this database for more serious research and an introduction to film and film studies, critical theory and film history, film genres, etc.
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers
Written for film students and film buffs alike, this database features thorough coverage of legendary films, actors, actresses, directors, writers, and other production artists through detailed essays and commentary by experts. Entries include biographies, filmographies, comprehensive credits, production information, major awards, and bibliographies.
History of the American Cinema
This database is based on a 10-volume series dealing with the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the development of film and the film industry, analyzing both the genres, themes and technology that defined each decade and the political and economic background that gave rise to them.
To get to these new subscrptions, go to the COCC Barber web page. Under Articles & More: Databases, select “Arts.” Alternatively, you may select “All databases,” scroll down, and look for their listing under the heading Encyclopedias and Addl Reference Sources.