An essential source of primary historical information on film covering the period before, during, and after 1928-1960. Includes digitized versions of Film Daily (1918-1948), Motion Picture Herald (1931-1948), Photoplay (1914-1943), American Cinematographer (1921-1942), Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (1916-1954) and many more.
ProQuest is a platform containing 116 databases. ProQuest contains publications (i.e., magazine, journal and book titles) in different subjects areas including film. Remember you might find content in a non-film related resource from your time period - i.e., newspapers, business or tech magazines
This resource for detailed production information on specific films (incl. release dates and other production-related information) as well as citations to contemporaneous reviews from newspapers (e.g., New York Times); trade & industry publications (Variety); popular magazines (Motion Picture Herald, Photoplay); and review publications (Monthly Film Bulletin), among others.
Only available in print, FRI is an extremely useful and easy-to-use two-volume set for film reviews. It lists films alphabetically by title, and indexes reviews from multiple sources. v. 1, 1882-1949; v. 2, 1950-1985.
This database contains scans of "... the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles."
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Remember - To find primary sources, remember you need to restrict your search result to documents published close to the time of your film or event. If they are published later, they are secondary sources.
Below are some of the most common publications containing contemporaneous film reviews. Except where indicated, all are available online in their entirety.
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