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 MCA Film factory, 1963.  Photo by

MCA Film Factory

Photo by John Dominis, Life Magazine, 1963

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Encore is a keyword search engine for the Library's collections of books, movies, CD's, and more. See also Advanced Search.

  1. Find a film name such as "Fast Food Nation".  NOTE: Finds both the film and criticism about the film
  2. Inverted name -- for an actor or director search, i.e. Bunuel, Luis 
  3. Natural name -- use quotes to locate all occurrences of person both as main subject and content (widest search across ~5 databases), for example "Fritz Lang" 

Streaming Films as a source

View critical, intelligent viewpoints from our 3 streaming media sources (not all equal in content). Get creative with keywords such as "Dallas Buyers Club AND casting"


What directors do and what film critics discuss

Film crew moving a camera on a backlot, March 1960

Film crew moving a camera on a backlot

Photo by Ralph Crane, Life Magazine, March 1960

As you search& discover your artist, note what reviewers consistently comment on.  Is the same facet displayed in all their works?  Example: "Louis Malle" AND "iconography"

  • visualization
  • script breakdowns
  • casting
  • location scouting
  • iconography
  • shot planning
  • film grammar
  • set procedures 
  • editing
  • more!