Film Genre Studies

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War and War-Era Movies
Sections include: US Civil War ; World War I ; Spanish Civil War ; World War II ; Korean War ; Vietnamese War ; World War III.
UC Berkeley - Media Resources Center

Actuality Films
A Short-Lived Genre
Brief essay
American Memory, Library of Congress

AFI's 100 Years 100 Laughs - (dead link) American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest movies

Documentary Educational Resources
Dedicated to the production, distribution and promotion of quality ethnographic and documentary films from around the world.

Duke University - Center for Documentary Studies

Folkstreams - The Best of American Folklore Films
A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures
"Streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites."

Hidden Agendas: The Films and Writings of John Pilger
"The site looks in detail at the issues raised in John Pilger's films, concentrating specifically on the plight of Iraq (including an exclusive Pilger update), Vietnam, East Timor, Burma and the Aborigines in his native Australia. Furthermore it explores his concerns about the ever-increasing power of global media organisations...Supported by related literature, links, over 1000 pictures, maps, over 100 video clips, up-to-date letters and articles, biographies, chronologies and discussion forums, Hidden Agendas is the most comprehensive John Pilger resource on the net."

PBS - Ken Burns American Stories
"For over 25 years, filmmaker Ken Burns has been producing films that are unafraid of controversy and tragedy. Use this Web site to explore the body of Burns's work and to learn more about the subjects of his remarkable films."
Sections include: Burns Timeline ; About the Filmmakers ; For Educators ; Films.

P.O.V. Interactive
"A laboratory for televisionís potential, P.O.V. seeks to amplify broadcasts by pioneering media innovation, interaction and impact through a wide range of energetic activities. As the preeminent showcase for our nationís boldest and most exciting independent non-fiction films, P.O.V. seeks to entertain, inform and connect citizens to ideas, services and each other."
PBS Online

The Royal Anthropological Institute
" the worldís longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense."

  • Film Library Catalogue - (dead link)
    Edited by Margaret Wilson

Scary Women
Audio clips & papers presented at a symposium held at UCLA in January of 1994.

Science Fiction
Science Fiction Cinema Resources
U.C. Berkeley Film Studies

Spy Fi Archives: 40 Years of TV and Movie Spy Fiction
"The Spy Fi Archives is an entertaining look at how Hollywood viewed intelligence work during the Cold War and beyond."
By the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency - yes the CIA!

2019: Off-World (Blade Runner Page)
"...contains both information unique to this site as well as links to other Internet resources."

The Western
The Silent Western
Early Movie Myths of the American West
An excellent academic site by Mary Halnon

John Wayne
Actor, Patriot, Man of Honor
"This web site is meant as a tribute to honor the memory of John Wayne, American."

John Wayne Tribute
"For the past 50 years, America has had a FIGURATIVE HERO. Someone that was the American spirit. Someone who taught right from wrong, good from bad, and America first. THAT MAN WAS JOHN WAYNE."

PBS - American Masters - Clint Eastwood (June 2003)
Web companion to the TV broadcast
Sections include: Feature Essay ; Career Timeline ; Additional Footage ; Filmmaker Interview.

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