Featured DVD of the Week

Recently added to the Butler Media Collection, the beautifully crafted box set entitled Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films. This set was created in celebration of Janus Films and fifty years as the preeminent U.S. distributor of foreign and classic films.

Butler Media Collection

Featured Resource

In microfilm, Cinema Pressbooks provide a unique source for production histories from the original studio collections of United Artists (1919-1949), Warner Brothers (1922-1949), and Monogram Pictures (1937-1946).

Located in the Periodical and Microfilm Reading Room
Butler Library Room 401

Featured Resource

The Griffith Project, begun in 1996, is now complete at 12 print volumes. This work documents with commentary more than six hundred films directed, written, produced and supervised by D.W. Griffith. The authors are specialists and scholars of silent cinema.

Available from Butler Library
PN1998.3.G76 G76 1999

Featured DVD of the Week

Los Angeles, Calif. : Flicker Alley, LLC ; Paris : Lobster Films, 2008, 1919.
Butler Media

The Flicker Alley Collection release of a newly restored original 1919 version of J’Accuse by Abel Gance.

J’Accuse is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film.”

Welcome SoA Students!

Welcome to the Columbia University Libraries. We are a major research institution which translates into millions of items ranging from books, journals, screenplays, plays, ephemera, databases, newspapers, films, CDs and more.

To make sense of all of this, please sign up for one of the introductory two-hour workshops for researching film and theater resources.

Here is the information.

To register for the Researching Film and Theater Resources & Image Searching, please send RSVP requests to nef4@columbia.edu
These workshops are ONLY for SoA students but seats are limited.

Researching Film and Theater Resources & Image Searching
September 18 (Thursday)
306 Butler Library

Researching Film and Theater Resources & Image Searching
September 26 (Friday)
306 Butler Library

For the Advanced Internet Searching, Photoshop or any of the other general workshops, please go to the following website to complete your registration: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/services/workshops/index.html

Advanced Internet Searching
September 23 (Tuesday)
306 Butler

Advanced Internet Searching
September 30 (Tuesday)
306 Butler

Featured Resource

Library Essentials is a collection of short video tutorials on how to complete library research. Tutorials focus on searching for books using our online catalog CLIO, how to more effectively complete a keyword search as well as provide an introduction to a number of invaluable services. The FINDING IMAGES segment may be of special interest.

Featured DVD of the Week

No Country for Old Men (2007)
Miramax Films and Paramount Vantage present ; written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen ; produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen ; a Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss production.
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“He Found a Bundle of Money and Now There is Hell to Pay” by A.O. Scott. See Scott’s review in the New York Times published November 7, 2007.


Academy Awards, 2008: Best Achievement in Directing; Best Motion Picture of the Year; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Bardem); Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. Golden Globes, USA, 2008: Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Javier Bardem) ; Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

Featured Resource

Film Indexes Online — AFI Catalog
The Film Indexes Online searches across the American Film Institute Catalog and the British Film Institute’s Catalog entitled Film Index International.

The AFI Catalog is an exceptional resource and quite possibly my favorite resource for film research. It is an attempt to catalog every film produced in the United States. It currently includes works produced from 1893 – 1972 (they are completing the 1970s). You can search by title, director, cast, crew, character name, song, genre and subject. For each one of these fields, a browse option is provided. The most outstanding features include plot summaries (for major feature films — these are quite extensive) and a notes summary which includes varying levels of detail regarding the production and filming. Culled from the major industry publications during the production period, the notes provide incredible film histories and a fabulous read.
Example: search Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, The Women and Gone with the Wind.

Locating Film Reviews at Columbia University

Film reviews can be found in a wide range of publications including books, newspapers, popular magazines and the scholarly journal literature. Reviews can vary in length, assessment and style. The work of notable film critics (see picture of Andrew Sarris on the left) past and present can provide a critique as well as an analysis of the film.

You can search for book publications, generally compilations of reviews, in CLIO by entering “motion pictures — reviews” as your subject search entry.

For reviews published in journals and newspapers, begin by consulting the Film and Television Subject Guide — Film Review section for recommended sources. Film and Television Literature Index and the International Index to Film Periodicals index the major journals in Film Studies. You can limit your search to film reviews. MRQE is an excellent web resource indexing major nationals, regional and other news sources. Proquest is an excellent resource for the popular journal literature.

For retrospective (generally pre-1970s), check the guide to printed resources —
Motion Pictures, Cinema, and Film.

Set e-link from Google Scholar

If you choose to search for articles using Google Scholar, you can link directly to the full-text, when available, through Columbia University Libraries — E-Resources using e-link. All you need to do is set the Scholar Preferences for “Columbia University — e-link @Columbia.”