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

The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company
The oldest (established in 1895) movie company in America

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture
University of Exeter

Cinema Treasures!
"Cinema Treasures is a groundbreaking website devoted to movie theater preservation and awareness. Utilizing the community-building capabilities of the Internet, Cinema Treasures unites movie theater owners and enthusiasts in a common causeóto save the last remaining movie palaces across the country."

An Interactive Site Devoted to the History of Computers and Artificial Intelligence in Film
Sections include: Intelligence ; Fear ; God ; Love ; Self ; Visual Gallery ; Sound Gallery ; Filmography ; Early Cinema ; 1950s ; 1960s ; 1970s ; 1980s ; 1990s.
By Matthew Hurt, University of Illinois Dept. of English
An Introduction to Early Cinema
" introduction to the first decade of motion pictures. This site focuses on the early pioneers of this new art form and the prehistory of cinema, with experiments carried out by Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Marey...In addition, you can also find out about the technology which helped shape film history with many standards and processes which are still in use today."

Film & History
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies
Their On-Line Resource Center includes recent Book and Film Reviews.

Films: Research and Resources
Cinema History
Compiled by Robert E. Yahnke, University of Minnesota

The German-Hollywood Connection

Hollywood Blacklist
Originally published in Buhle, Buhle, and Georgakas, ed., Encyclopedia of the American Left, (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992)
By Dan Georgakas

Hollywood Blacklisting
Seeing Red
Newshour Transcript for October 24, 1997
Online Newshour, PBS

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."

The Movies, Race, Ethnicity
"The following videographies provide a broad sampling of ethnic and racial representations in the movies over the last century. These films include both works of mainstream Hollywood, as well as historical and current movies by film makers of color."
Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley

National Film Preservation Board
Library of Congress

Northeast Historic Film
"Dedicated to preserving the moving image history of northern New England, Northeast Historic Film is an archives, a theater, and study center located in Bucksport, Maine. We are a leader in preserving and promoting the historical value of home movies, safeguarding and making available one of the largest collections amateur film in North America."

On the Trail of Oscar Micheaux
A history of this fascinating Black filmmaker and author

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

PBS - American Masters - Sam Goldwyn
Sections include: Feature Essay ; Filmmaker Interview ; Career Timeline ; Additional Footage.

Ray Carney on Life and Art
"It is one of the largest individual sites in the world, and one of few devoted
to the art of film (rather than business/commerce/pop culture). The focus is on independent and personal expression in film, and the work of the major American independent filmmakers."
Includes excerpts from Prof. Carney's books and essays on independent filmmakers, artists, and contemporary popular criticism. His sections on Cassevetes are especially noteworthy.
Ray Carney, Film and American Studies, Boston University

Sight and Sound Top Ten Poll 2002
"In 1952 Sight & Sound polled the worldís leading film critics to compile a list of the best films of all time. The magazine has repeated this poll every ten years, to show which films stand the test of time in the face of shifting critical opinion. In 1992 we added a poll of directors asking them for their personal choices."
Includes links to the results from 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002.

Testimony of Walter E. Disney Before the House Committee on Un-American Activities
- 24 October, 1947

Ultimate Cary Grant Pages
Sections include: Movie Info ; Photos ; Reading Room ; Memorabilia ; Fun Stuff ; Links.

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

Sections include: Multimedia: Trailer Database, Classic Clip Database, Watch Classic Movies, Watch Classic Series ; Animation: Early Animation, Early Cartoons ; Historical Pages: Film History, Country, History of SciFi, Eyes and Illusion, Directors ; Stars.

Women in Cinema: A Reference Guide
A little dated (originally published Dec. 1994) but still useful
By Philip McEldowney

Academic Email Discussion Lists

H-Film Discussion Network
" an international electronic discussion group whose fileserver has been located at Michigan State University to provide a forum for academic historians to discuss discussion of cinema history and uses of the media...The primary purpose of H-FILM is to enable historians more easily to discuss research interests, teaching methods and the state of historiography. H-FILM is especially interested in methods of teaching history to graduate and undergraduate students in diverse settings."

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