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Film Studies

A guide to film studies resources at the UNLV Libraries.

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Finding Film Studies Materials

You can search the Library Quick Search by Subject. This is not an exhaustive list of film subject headings. As you find items relevant to your research, take note of the subject headings listed. Using those will help you find similar relevant materials. Some useful subjects include:

  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Feminism and motion pictures
  • Film adaptations
  • Homosexuality in motion pictures
  • Masculinity in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures -- History
  • Motion picture industry
  • Motion pictures -- Aesthetics
  • Motion pictures and literature
  • Motion pictures and music
  • Motion picture authorship
  • Motion picture actors and actresses -- [Country] -- Biography
  • Motion picture producers and directors -- [Country] -- Biography
  • Motion pictures -- Production and direction
  • [Director: Last, First]
  • [Director: Last, First] -- History and criticism
  • Silent films
  • Western Films

The print collection of film related materials is located on the 4th floor of Lied Library.

  • PN1560-1590 The performing arts. Show business
  • PN1600-3307 Drama
    • PN1635-1650 Relation to, and treatment of, special subjects
    • PN1660-1693 Technique of dramatic composition (includes playwriting)
    • PN1720-1861 History
    • PN1865-1988 Special types
    • PN1990-1992.92 Broadcasting
      • PN1991-1991.9 Radio broadcasts
      • PN1992-1992.92 Television broadcasts
    • PN1992.93-19 92.95 Nonbroadcast video recordings
    • PN1993-1999 Motion pictures
      • PN1997-1997.85 Plays, scenarios, etc.
    • PN2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The theater
      • PN2061-2071 Art of acting
      • PN2085-2091 The stage and accessories
      • PN2131-2193 By period
      • PN2219.3-3030 Special regions or countries
      • PN3035 The Jewish theater
      • PN3151-3171 Amateur theater
      • PN3175-3191 College and school theatricals
      • PN3203-3299 Tableaux, pageants, "Happenings," etc.
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Finding Background Information

The following resources provide background information on films and film terms. They are a great place to start your research and will help you explore and focus possible topics. 

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