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

Finding Books - Avant-garde & Experimental Film

SEE ALSO: Situationist International


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: The main heading is experimental films, which is subdivided by country/region, topic, theme, etc. For books about genre itself, the heading is film genres:

UTCat Browse/Subject Search

Subject Headings

  • aesthetics political aspects
  • animated films
  • art and motion pictures
  • art modern 20th century
  • art philosophy
  • avant garde (aesthetics) Note: NO HYPHEN
  • cinematography, abstract
  • cubism
  • documentary films
  • experimental films
  • independent films
  • modernism aesthetics
  • motion picture industry technological innovations
  • motion pictures history 20th century
  • motion pictures philosophy
  • motion pictures psychological aspects
  • new wave films
  • performance art
  • stop motion animated films Note: NO HYPHEN

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

  • e.g., brakhage stan

If you prefer to browse the library shelves:

  • books about avant-garde and experimental film are shelved within the Call Number range PN1995.9 .E96; books about individual directors are shelved within the Call Number range PN1998.3. Both Innis and Robarts libaries have substantial holdings in their collections;

Finding Journal Articles - Avant-garde & Experimental Film

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).