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Films for Language Learning: Overview

Films - All Languages Taught at Penn

Search films by language

Search film by title

1. Go to Franklin, the Penn Libraries Catalog

2. Enter film title.  Choose Title Browse from pull-down menu

(Hints: omit initial articles in European languages: the or a/an, el/la/los/las or un/una, le/la/les or un/une, der/die/das or ein/eine, etc.;

search different title translations and title in the original language--you can check this on a film's profile page in IMDb or in its Wikipedia entry.) 

3. On the left, under Format, choose Video.

4. In the search results, there will separate records for the streaming film, if it is available, and the physical media, usually DVD.


Search film by director

1. Go to Franklin, the Penn Libraries Catalog

2. Enter director as Author. Last name/First name.  Example: Cuarón Alfonso.  Choose Author Browse.

3. On the left, under Format, choose Video.

4. In the search results, there will separate records for the streaming film, if it is available, and the physical media, usually DVD.

Film & media services at the Penn Libraries

Databases - Penn Libraries offer several streaming film platforms with world cinema.

Film sourcing - The Libraries source, license, and host films, from smaller distributors or independent producers in the U.S. and internationally, and connect them to Canvas course pages through our own cloud-based media server.

Physical media collections - The Van Pelt Video Collection is home to around 10,000 films on DVD, and an additional 25,000 films on DVD and a few hundred on other formats are available to request from LIBRA. 

Film search - You can search films by title, director, actor in Franklin, the Penn Libraries catalog, and limit by language.

Quick links: Request a streaming film on reserve | Suggest a purchase

Streaming Collections

Where can I stream it now?

Useful apps for Cinema & Media Studies

   
IMDbLetterboxd
   
ReelgoodJustWatch
 

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.

Reelgood and JustWatch, streaming search and watchlists.

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

Search Franklin for films and TV, streaming or as a DVD. Sometimes, even in the present day with access to many streaming services, for rights reasons, a DVD may be your fastest, or only, option.

DVDs in VP

A variety of DVDs  
Check out up to 10 DVDs at once!