A. Reference Works (all non-circulating, on shelves in Robarts Reference Room)
Barron, N., ed. Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide. 1990. PN 3435 F35 1990.Includes material on fantasy generally, and one section listing major fantasy films.
Clute, J., and P. Nicholls. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. 1993; rpt. 1999. PN 3433.4 E53 1993.
The Motion Picture Guide. 12 vols. 1985-87. PN 1993 M67 1927/83. Encyclopedia format, by movie title, for films 1927-83; index of directors, actors. Plot summaries, credits, brief commentaries.
Film Review Annual. Annual vols. From 1982 (for 1981). PN 1993.3 F5. Complete reviews, from a selected number of sources, of films released in major US markets, year by year. Many journals/magazines/newspapers covered, some of which are not themselves available in the U. of T. library system. Film credits included. Most recent volume is usually about 2 years old.
Film Literature Index. Annual vols. Z 5784 M9 F45. Standard bibliography in film studies. Listings of all reviews, articles, books, on specific films, directors, genres, etc., year by year. Alphabetical ordering.
B. Recommended Readings
For selective reading according to your interests. Call numbers are given, but no check has been made (except where noted) of library locations other than Robarts. Since the Innis College Library specializes in film books, check there first for film materials. Asterisked items have been placed on short-term loan in Robarts.
Belton, John, ed. Movies and Mass Culture. 1996. PN 1995.9 S6M68 1996X.
*Fiske, John. Understanding Popular Culture. 1989. CB 151 F574 1989. General background on popular culture, not specifically on popular film but important to an understanding of it.
Prince, Stephen. Visions of Empire: Political Imagery in Contemporary American Film. 1992. PN 1995.9 P6P73 1992. Films of the 1980s. [Excerpts in course reader.]
Ray, R.B. A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980. 1995. PN 1993.5 U6 R38 1995. Background on Hollywood films in relation to changing social contexts and audiences, useful (for this course) for the 1950s-1970s.
Genre in General
*Kaminsky, S.M. American Film Genres. 1974; 2nd edn. 1985. PN 1993.5 U6K34 1985. Chapters 1, 9, 14. How genres work. [Excerpts in course reader.]
Schatz, Thomas. Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and the Studio System. 1981. PN 1993.5 U6532 1981. Largely on an older period, but with genre theory applicable now as well. Genres as communication systems and rituals. [Excerpt in course reader.]
*Badley, L. Film, Horror, and the Body Fantastic. 1995. PN 1995.9 H6B24 1995X. Feminist criticism. Includes some science fiction films.
Carroll, N. The Philosophy of Horror. 1990. PN 56 H623C37 1990.
Crane, J.L. Terror and Everyday Life. Singular Moments in the History of the Horror Film. 1994. PN 1995.9 H6C72 1994.
Gelder, K. Reading the Vampire. 1994. PN 56 V3G45 1994. For background and for Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.
*Jancovich, M. Horror. 1992. PN 56 H625J35 1992.
Jancovich, M. Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s. 1996. PN 1995.9 H6J37 1996X. Includes some science fiction films.
Punter, D. The Literature of Terror. 1980; 2nd edn. 1996 in 2 vols., "The Gothic Tradition" and "The Modern Gothic." PR 408 G68P8 996. Vol. 2 includes a chapter on the horror film 1930-1980.
Twitchell, J.B. The Living Dead: A Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature. 1981. PR 469 V35T85. Although on literature, gives good information on vampire conventions.
Web site: www.ucs.mun.ca/~emiller Web materials on Dracula, by Elizabeth Miller (Memorial U. of Newfoundland).
Kuhn, A., ed. Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema. 1990. PN 1995.9 S26A45 1990. (Also at Innis.)
*Landon, Brooks. The Aesthetics of Ambivalence: Rethinking Science Fiction Film in the Age of Electronic (Re)production. 1992. PN 995.9 S26L36 1992. Relations between sf literature and film, and the coming movement into VR and other electronic innovations. [Excerpt in course reader.]
Lloyd, D.G. "Renegade Robots and Hard-Wired Heroes: Technology and morality in Contemporary Science Fiction Films," in P. Loukides and L.K. Fuller, eds., Beyond the Stars III: The Material World in American Popular Film. 1993. PN 1993.5 U6B48 1990, vol. 3.
Lucas, George, and Bill Moyers. The Mythology of Star Wars. 1999. Videocassette 005430. AVL.
Luciano, Patrick. Them or Us: Archetypal Interpretations of Fifties Alien Invasion Films. 1987. PN 1995.9 S26L8 1987. Mythic and psychological criticism.
Luciano, Patrick, and Gary Coville. Smokin' Rockets: The Romance of Technology in American Film, Radio and Television, 1945-1962. 2002. PN 1995.9 S26L79 2002X. Social/historical context for depictions of technology in films of the mid 40s to early 60s.
Schelde, P. Androids, Humanoids, and Other Science Fiction Monsters. 1993. PN 1995.9 S26S26. 1993. Myth, folklore, religion.
Sobchack, V. Screening Space. 1987; 2nd edn. 1997. PN 1995.9 S26S57 1997X.
Telotte, J.P. A Distant Technology: Science Fiction Film and the Machine Age. 1999. PN 1995.9 S26T45 1999X. Covers sci-fi in various national cinemas, including American.
Telotte, J.P. Replications: A Robotic History of Science Fiction Film. 1995. PN 1995.9 S26T49 1995X. Chapters 1, 5 (on Forbidden Planet but useful in relation to Invasion of the Body Snatchers). [Chapter 7 in course reader.]
Telotte, J.P. Science Fiction Film. 2001. PN 1995.9 S26T47 2001.[Excerpt in course reader.]
Good general journals for articles on film include Film Criticism (PN 1993 F43), Film Quarterly (PN 1993 F6464), Literature/Film Quarterly (PN 1995.3 L57), Journal of Popular Culture (P 91 J6), Journal of Popular Film and Television (PN 1993.J86), and Sight and Sound (PN 1993 S48). American Cinematographer (TR 845 A55, the professional journal of the American Society of Cinematographers) is excellent for lighting and camera work usually as related to a film's thematic content (back issues from 1988 available through appointment with instructor; earlier back issues at OISE Library; current issues, from April 2000, at Robarts, and selected material on the web at www.cinematographer.com/magazine/ index.htm). The most recent issues of non-AVL journals are kept in the Periodicals Room in Robarts. For the specific sf journals Cinefantastique and Starlog, go to the Merril Collection at the Toronto Public Library, 239 College St. (hours etc. on separate handout).
NB Some film materials are available on the Internet; but there are no quality or accuracy guarantees. Also beware in general of published screenplays, electronic or in conventional print; often they are a version preceding the shooting script, or the shooting script without the changes made during production; and always they do not include most of the visual information you need. There is no substitute for making your own notes on each course film, being sure to include both key visual and aural points and key dialogue lines; the Corrigan text gives useful advice, though somewhat too detailed for non-film students.
Useful background information on most course films (versions, availability, some reviews [both pro-fessional and amateur], awards, etc.) can be found at www.imdb.com (usually accurate, but not 100% so).
FOR NON-FILM STUDENTS: SOME FILM ANALYSIS BACKGROUND AVAILABLE AT THE AUDIOVISUAL LIBRARY:
The American Cinema. Videocass/003377. (1) Film language: the director's choice. (2) Thinking and writing about film.
Film editing: interpretation and values. Videocass/001298.
Visions of light: the art of cinematography. Videocass/003159.