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Cinema: Home

Your portal to locate film criticism, movie reviews, scholarly literature, and more

Film reviews, critiques of directors

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Film critics discuss what directors do

View critical, intelligent viewpoints about films, after you have seen the actual film. Get creative with keywords!  SEARCH and discover your artist or director, and remark what reviewers choose to highlight.  

Use facets to search such as "Dallas Buyers Club" AND casting  or "Hitchcock and storyboard"

  • casting
  • editing
  • genre
  • iconography
  • location selection
  • set procedures
  • storyboarding
  • shot planning
  • visualization

Director Alfred Hitchcock built detailed storyboards for his films including this one for "The Birds"  (1963)

Genre critiques

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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. Film name such as "Fast Food Nation".  NOTE: Finds both the film and criticism about it
  2. Inverted name -- for an actor or director search, i.e. Bunuel, Luis 
  3. Natural name --   for example "Fritz Lang" 

Streaming Films - view the actual movie


The Searchers, 1956, featured John Wayne and was an influential western movie directed by John Ford

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