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These journals are intended to aid the student by providing both a contemporary and a retrospective presentation of aesthetic, theoretical and technical issues pertinent to the study of film.
Note: Current unbound issues shelved in Serials Dept. by title; bound vols. in stacks under call number

Film Comment Journal Film Comment [serial]. [New York : Lorien Productions], 1962-
Davis: PN1993.F438
Indexed in International Index to Film.
     Published bi-monthly by the film society of Lincoln Center. Includes informative and uncompromising essays, articles and interviews of both classic and contemporary international cinema (most have a sociopolitical flavor). Also current films, newly published books and contemporary theory. Good, solid source for a look into the world of film. Easy to use for the novice and scholar alike. Great 1st page includes all the latest releases & renown critics' ratings. Critics vary w/ each issue.

Cineaste. [New York, G. Crowdus]
Davis: PN1993 .C5177 (1975-to date)
Indexed in International Index to Film.
     Quarterly publication partially funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. Provides candid interviews as well as film, book & video reviews interested in discussing aesthetic and theoretical issues of both classic and contemporary cinema. Includes description of contributors and a helpful alphabetical index in each issue. Required reading for film students & aficionados alike.

Sight and Sound. London : British Institute of Adult Education.
Davis Folio: PN1993 .S56 (1959-to date)
Indexed in International Index to Film.
     Established in 1920. Monthly film bulletin supported by the British Film Institute. Incorporates features/articles/interviews & essays on every aspect of the film world. Also has in depth film reviews-including FULL FILM CREDITS! (even soundtrack and foley artists!!) Good critical essay at end of each issue (some historical, some contemporary). Includes industry news section and Book Reviews as well. Good source for novice and scholar. A little more popular culture than actual film theory.

Film Criticism. Edinboro, Pa. : Film Criticism.
Davis PN1993 .F4183 (1988-to date)
Indexed in MLA, A&H, and International Index to film Periodicals.
     An international journal although published in the states. Publishes submitted essays and book reviews. Very scholarly. Primarily focused upon film history, theory and culture. Includes a section on the contributors. Published three times a year.

Films in Review. [New York, N.Y. : National Board of Review of Motion Pictures]
Davis: PN1993 .F6473 (1963-to date)
Indexed in International Index to Film.
     An American Magazine Published bi-monthly in association with the national board of review. Reviews of new releases and features on past and current cinema. Primary focus is on the independent filmmaker/film. Includes filmographies & histories about everyone reviewed or discussed in the featured articles. Film reviews are thorough. Also includes section about the contributors (concern for scholarly research).

Film Quarterly. Berkeley, Univ. of California Press.
Davis: PN1993 .H457 (1958-to date)
Indexed in MLA, A&H, and International Index to film Periodicals.
     Essays, reviews and interviews with an emphasis on the discussion of theoretical and aesthetic issues in current film. Offers an extensive yearly book review. Great sections like filmic memories. Helpful, thorough bibliographies included with most of the essays. A good source for both student and film buff.

Film History . New York : Taylor & Francis, [c1987-
Davis: PN1993 .F56
Indexed in International Index to Film.
     An international journal publishing submitted scholarly essays/criticisms/ and book reviews. Its aim and scope is concerned with "the historical development of the motion picture and the social, technological and economic context in which this has occurred." Each essay includes a brief background of contributor/author and their email address. Good work cited and bibliographies with each entry.

American Cinematographer. [Hollywood, Calif., ASC Holding Corp.]
Davis Folio: TR845 .A45 (1971-to date)
     Established in 1920, this is the self proclaimed international journal of film and digital production technique. Written from the point of view of the cinematographer, this journal offers contemporary book, film and video reviews with a technical twist. They also manage to incorporate classic cinema with contemporary theory in their featured articles (perfect example: Article asserting that Esthero's music video "Heaven Sent" mimics Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou). A vital source for technical issues.