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CIMS 101: World Film History to 1945: Overview

Series of a still from sound of music, a theater, oscars, a box office, orson wells

Where can I stream it now?

Useful apps for Cinema & Media Studies

IMDb logoLetterboxd logo
ReelGood logoJustWatch logo
  • IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, for filmographies, casts, credits, showtimes, reviews, and watchlists for film and TV.
  • Letterboxd, a social network for film people with watchlists and reviews.
  • JustWatch or ReelGood, streaming search and watchlists.

Not available to stream? It happens.
Search for the DVD

Search Franklin for films and TV, streaming or as a DVD. Sometimes, for rights reasons, a DVD may be your only option.

DVDs can offer bonus essays, booklets, interviews, and extra content.


VHS tapes on shelf

  • Search for a film: Franklin
  • To check out a DVD, write down the DVD number and request it at the Circulation Desk.

Van Pelt has DVDs of films that are rarely or not available from streaming services.

Request a Film

Want us to buy a film? Email us your suggestion.

Researching a Particular Film?

Film Index International - Coverage of U.S. and international films--European, Asian, Latin American, African, including scholarly and academic work, unlike Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
American Film Institute Catalog - American film information for the years 1893-1972

Cinema Studies Databases

Primary Sources

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Variety magazine logo    

Variety - A major Hollywood industry trade magazine, Variety includes box office statistics and more.

Background Information

Oxford Bibliographis, Oxford Film Studies logos

Oxford Bibliographies Online
Under Browse by Subject, select Cinema & Media Studies. There are overviews here on such topics as Censorship, Film Theory Before 1945, and Women in Film.

Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies
Defines terms and concepts in film theory and criticism, film movements and genres, film industry organizations and practices and  technical terms.

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