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Finding Books - Indian Cinema

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:

UTCat Browse/Subject Search

Subject Headings

  • action and adventure films India
  • Globalization India
  • mass media and women Asia
  • Mass media India
  • motion picture actors and actresses india
  • motion picture industry india
  • motion picture producers and directors india
  • motion pictures Bhojpuri
  • motion pictures Hindi
  • motion pictures india
  • motion pictures india social aspects
  • motion pictures Indic
  • motion pictures production and direction India
  • muslims in motion pictures

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

  • e.g., ray satyajit

If you prefer to browse the shelves:

  • the main section for books about Indian cinema (history, industry, etc) is within the Call Number range PN1993.5 .I8. Both Innis and Robarts libaries have substantial holdings in their respective collections.

Finding Journal Articles - Indian Cinema

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).

Selected journals with South Asian film and film-related content:

India's Popular Cinema: The Golden Age of Hindi Film - Readings

  • Ashish Rajadhyaksha, “India: Filming the Nation,” [excerpted], OH, pp. 678-684. EBOOK
  • Douglas Gomery, “Transformation of the Hollywood System,” OH, pp. 443-451. EBOOK

India's Popular Cinema: The Golden Age of Hindi Film - Selected Books

Figurations in Indian Film. Ebook

Popular culture in a globalised India. edited by K. Moti Gokulsing and Wimal Dissanayake. Ebook.

City flicks: Indian cinema and the urban experience. INNIS; ROBA

Bombay cinema: an archive of the city. EBOOK. Also at: INNIS, ROBA

Saari, Anil. Hindi cinema: an insider's view. ROBA

Background & Reference - Indian Cinema

Routledge handbook of Indian cinemas edited by K. Moti Gokulsing and Wimal Dissanayake. 2013. Robarts

The Cambridge companion to modern Indian culture / edited by Vasudha Dalmia and Rashmi Sadana. (Robarts, Trinity, St. Mike's).

Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema / editorial board, Gulzar, Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee. (Robarts).

Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. Innis, Robarts, Vic/Pratt

World Film Locations: Mumbai

Bibliographies - Indian Cinema

Popular Hindi Cinema

Hinduism In Film

South and Southeast Asian Cinema: A Selected Bibliography/Videography of Materials in the UC Berkeley (Indian Cinema bibliography incl. books, journal articles, reviews/articles about individual films, books/journal articles on Satyajit Ray, reviews/articles about individual Ray films.