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  1. One Hundred Years of Cinema Streaming

    Link
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXBk4btfHxmH-FPDb35_iDg8M3d7rn-Vn
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Media Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    A YouTube channel which aims to tell the history of cinema, one film at a time. The first episode cheats slightly, covering the years 1888 - 1914 in one fell swoop, but from 1915 onwards the focus is on a single film per year, each example being selected for the way in which it demonstrates the advances made in the cinematic medium, in terms of technology, technique, genre etc. Amongst the directors covered are Charlie Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, Cecil B. DeMille and Buster Keaton. The site addresses animation, the advent of sound, techniques such as montage and the close-up, as well as early filmic examples of documentary, horror and science-fiction.

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  2. The London Project Streaming

    Link
    http://londonfilm.bbk.ac.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Film Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Databases

    The London Project is a study of the film business in London, 1894-1914, organised by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies. One of its major outcomes is a database of information about cinemas and film businesses in London before the First World War. Users can search by name of venue or business (eg, cinema, producer etc.), London borough, address (ie. street name) and classification. The information used to build the database has come from contemporary trade papers and directories, newspapers, local government records, Board of Trade files, memoirs and London borough archives.

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  3. National Film Preservation Foundation: Sponsored Films Streaming

    Link
    https://www.filmpreservation.org/sponsored-films/sponsored-films
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Film Studies, General Science
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    This selection of sponsored films is presented by the National Film Preservation Foundation, in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Internet Archive. There are 102 films in total: the selection was made from The Field Guide to Sponsored Films by Rick Prelinger. This annotated filmography singles out 452 sponsored films of particular historical, cultural, and artistic interest from the more than 300,000 thought to have been made in the USA. Most of the films are available to download and are accompanied by detailed synopses and contextual information.

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  4. Chris Marker Streaming

    Link
    https://chrismarker.org/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Media Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download, Video Sources, Web Links

    Beautifully designed and extremely informative site about the enigmatic French filmmaker Chris Marker, featuring essays, clips, filmographies, bibliographies, and news, as well as information about festivals, DVD ans Blu-Ray releases.

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  5. IFI Player Streaming

    Link
    http://ifiplayer.ie/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    The IFI Player presents a freely available selection of material from the collections of the Irish Film Archive. Feature films, animations, documentaries, adverts, amateur films, travelogues and newsreels tell the story of Irish social, political and cultural history in moving images. The site features a wealth of fascinating material - from this award winning film about W.B. Yeats to a Telecom Eireann advert in which Bob Geldof warns of the idiocy of vandalising public telephones. Other films explore the Troubles, the events of Easter 1916, the Irish emigrant experience in America, the Irish landscape, tourism and religion. Users can search by keyword, browse by genre, or explore the curated collections section. Some of the films are accompanied by classroom worksheets for teachers and students.

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  6. Adaptation Podcast Streaming

    Link
    https://adaptationpodcast.com/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Literature
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    This podcast promises ‘in-depth discussion on films and the original material they’re based on’. Each episode features analysis and discussion of a film or television programme which has been adapated from a literary source. Chatty and discursive rather than academic but nonetheless an intelligent podcast which is based on an inclusive approach to literary adapations, including comic-books, video games and popular genres as well as classic literature.

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  7. Japanese Animated Film Classics Streaming

    Link
    http://animation.filmarchives.jp/index.html
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    This site celebrates a century of Japanese animation, with a fascinating selection of short films, spanning the years 1917 - 1941, all available to view online. The 64 films, curated by The Film Centre at Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art, include the oldest surviving Japanese animated film - 'The Dull Sword’, from 1917 - which was believed to be lost until a print was found in 2008 in an Osaka antique shop. The other films include public information films, propaganda, fairy tales, fables and historical drama. Although most of the site in its current form is in Japanese only, all the films have English titles and subtitles.

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  8. TV Tropes Streaming

    Link
    http://tvtropes.org/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Advertising, Film Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Radio Studies
    Type of resource
    Databases, Information Sources, Lists

    This entertaining and informative site attempts to categorise, index and contextualise tropes - storytelling devices or conventions - as they appear in television programmes, films, games, music, literature, and other media. There are four main indexes: Genre Tropes, Media Tropes, Narrative Tropes and Topical Tropes. Each of these main headings is further subdivided so that under the Narrative Trope heading, for example, one can explore Characters, Conflict, Motifs Settings etc., down to a microscopic level of detail. The site began in 2004, primarily focusing on the television series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. Since then it has vastly expanded its scope to cover most types of media. Users can explore by series or trope. Each series entry features a list of tropes associated with that series, whereas users exploring by trope (British Teeth, for example) will find a list of that trope’s appearance in television, film, literature etc. Although the approach is often humorous the site represents an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring or analysing the building blocks of storytelling and narrative construction, in any medium, but particularly television.

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  9. Critical Commons Streaming

    Link
    http://www.criticalcommons.org
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Media Studies

    This American film studies resource describes itself as a ‘public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts’. Critical Commons encourages users to upload footage but differs from sites such as YouTube in that it accepts only content which is accompanied by a commentary or brief essay which places the media in a critical context in order to give it an educational value. The site makes use of ‘fair use: a concept in American law which allows the use of copyrighted material without having to notify or contact the rights holder, so long as the use is for limited and ‘transformative’ purposes. Useful for teachers and students in film and media studies.

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  10. Luxonline Streaming

    Link
    http://www.luxonline.org.uk/index.html
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Art, Film Studies, Women’s Studies

    This resource is an extensive, freely available, collection of clips, essays, biographies and other writings about British-based artists’ work in film and video. Users can browse by artist, work title, or via themes such as abstraction and installation. The site also features a historical timeline of key events in artists’ film and video from 1900- present day, and virtual tours created by leading curators and writers (such as novelist Ali Smith on Margaret Tait). The site has not been updated since 2009 so some of the links may be out of date but the core content of the resource remains valuable and relevant.

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