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Film Genres

incl. Animation, B-movies & Cult Cinema, Documentary, Film Noir, Horror, Science Fiction, The Western, Comedy, The Musical.

Finding Books - Comedy

Using the UTCat link below, enter any of the Subject Headings, exactly as they appear, in the Search Box, then choose Subject from the drop-down menu. Note: For books about genre in film use the Subject Heading film genres:

UTCat Browse/Subject Search

Subject Headings

  • comedy films (subdivided geographically)
  • documentary style films Note: NO hyphen. (Note: this is the heading used for mockumentaries)

for Individual directors (Search as above; use last name first name)

  • e.g., guest christopher, or allen woody

by Title of film (Search as above, choosing either Title or Subject from drop-down menu):

  • e.g., curb your enthusiam, or this is spinal tap

If you prefer to browse the shelves:

  • books about film comedy are shelved within the Call Number range PN1995.9 .C55. Both Innis and Robarts libaries have substantial holdings in their respective collections;
  • books about film studios are shelved within the Call Number range PN1999.

Bibliographies - Comedy

from Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO)

from University of California, Berkeley - Libraries

from Senses of Cinema

Select bibliography of books at UofT Libraries:

Finding Journal Articles - Comedy

How To Find Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary databases

Film-specific databases

  • The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present. Use the AFI Catalog to find detailed production information about 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.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from the AFI Catlog. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • Film Index International (British Film Institute). Coverage: 1900 - current. The directors selected for inclusion are a) those who have made a fiction film shown theatrically that is over 50 minutes in duration, released between 1928 and 1965, and b) those who have made a fiction film over 60 minutes in duration, post-1965.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • International Index to Film Periodicals (1972+) Search by keyword, separating each word or phrase by AND
  • Film & Television Literature Index (1913-current)
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001).

Reference - Comedy

Reference

  • A companion to film comedy EBOOK
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film (latest update 2007). Enter comedy in Search Box to find Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Slapstick Comedy, Screwball Comedy, Parody.
  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (latest update 2001) Enter director's last name, or title of film in Search Box. Provides thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, ...