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Film Criticism


 Welcome to the Film Criticism LibGuide!



Hard to Find Films

New York Public Library - Reserve Film and Video Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10023-7498, Phone: (212) 870-1630
From the web site: "One of the largest of its kind in the nation - contains important film and video collections, as well as extensive audio holdings. Our outstanding collection includes: 3,000 popular home videos 2,200 videotapes ranging from video art to independently produced documentaries and exemplary television programs; 8,500 16mm films, including independent experimental films, documentaries; and over 250 feature films ranging from classics to current releases."

Search the holdings of the Reserve Film and Video Collection (and other NYPL locations) using LEO, the Library's online catalog - click on "Expanded Search" in order to limit holdings to media formats such as 16 mm, VHS and DVD.


Motion Picture Division Film Script Index 1927-1965
"The New York State Archives preserves the largest collection of film scripts in the world." Search their holdings, then print out and mail in your request form - give yourself enough time, as these resources are NOT available online, and also are NOT free. Archives staff will locate the file, determine cost for photocopying filmscript(s), and mail out the invoice for cost of photocopies. All customers must pay in advance.

Citing Your Sources

Most film classes use MLA Style for their bibliography, or list of works cited. The MLA Handbook is available in the Library, and help with MLA Style is available in the Purdue Online Writing Lab as well.