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Early American Film

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Image: Sheet Music from the 1929 film The Lady Fare;
music by African-American composer and lyricist;
film writtten by Spencer Williams

Instructor: Beverly_Haviland@brown.edu Librarian: Rosemary_Cullen@brown.edu
American film-making from its origins as a technological amusement to classic Hollywood cinema. Particular attention given to representations of gender, race, and ethnicity with comparisons to the evolution of European film. The Birth of a Nation (1915) by D.W. Griffith, a white Southerner, will be a key text in dialogue with African-American director Oscar Michaeux's Within Our Gates (1920).

Brown University Library Resources

Key Film Related Resources

Exhibitions on the Web

Brown University Library Resources:

Databases in Film
Of particular interest will be FIAF: International FilmArchive Database and the IIPA Full Text (International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text)

Electronic Journals: Film, Radio, Television
This section includes electronic journals related to film studies

Josiah Searches:
Griffith, D. W. (author)
Griffith, D. W. (subject)
Birth of a Nation (subject)
Birth of a Nation (title) Note: not all are about the film
Oscar Michaeux (subject)
Within Our Gates (Oscar Michaeux)
Motion pictures - periodicals (subject)
African-Americans in motion pictures (subject)

Evaluating Web Sites

Off-Campus Access to Licenced Resources


Key Film Related Resources:
Internet Movie Database

Internet Movie Database:
Russia

Germany

Inventing Entertainment
American Memory at the Library of Congress

Telling Stories on Film: Edwin S. Porter and the Invention of Movie Narrative
Center for History and New Media
George Mason University

Birth of a Nation and Black Protest
Center for History and New Media
George Mason University

Birth of A Nation
Blacks in American Film
Africanamericans.com

Oscar Michaeux Home Page

Early Female Film Pioneers
Harvard Gazette

The 100 Most Significant German Films
German-Films

Soviet and East European Cinema
University of California, Berkeley

Open Directory Project: Movies
(approach with care)


Exhibitions on the Web:
Library and Archival Exhibits:
Subject term: Motion Pictures
Smithsonian Institution

Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting
The Jewish Museum

Hollywood Cowboys
Herbert Hoover Museum

Magic Lanterns, Magic Mirrors
A Centennial Salute to Cinema
Smithsonian Institution

D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Cinema
Bill Douglas Centre, University of Exeter


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