History of Film Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to information about the History of Film (Cinema, Movies, etc.). Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- You can search this Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences database
by keyword, year, or award category. Make sure to check Oscar.com, the official
Website of the 74th Academy Awards.
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture
- Take a virtual tour through this British museum on the early history of
Actor and Actresses Sites
- A metalist of links to Websites that focus on specific famous actors and
actresses - organized alphabetically.
- A detailed description of the role that Thomas Edison and his laboratory
played in the development of the motion picture industry. Included within
the site are hundreds of downloadable clips of early movies (RealMedia, MPEG,
or Quick Time formats).
- Learn more about the 100 most influential people in the history of cinema,
including descriptions of their impact and links to further information about
them and their movies. Caution: You'll get a lot of new windows opening up
on your screen as you browse through the site.
Research and Resources
- This University of Minnesota page is the starting point for a series of
commentaries on cinematic history organized into ten chronological chapters.
- A focus in this site is on Hollywood's best 200 films, but don't miss learning
about film genres, the greatest scenes, a section on film history (descriptions
of major films organized by year), greatest roles ... and more. This is a
'must see' site with far too many resources to be properly identified and
described in a short paragraph.
- Brief descriptions of many of the significant events in the development
of the film industry up to 1995.
World Wide Web Virtual Library - Film History Index
- This site provides Internet resources on the international history of cinema
from different approaches.
- Search TV Guide's Movie Database by film name or person's name to obtain
a film review that includes a lengthy description of the film and a list of
its cast and credits.
of American Animation
- A collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments from 1900 to 1921 presented
by the Library of Congress. Caution: advanced technology and connectivity
are needed; long download times may be experienced.
- See the site's collection of "articles" for about twenty-five essays on
the film industry. In addition, the site has lots of downloadable images of
stars (organized primarily by decade) and some sound clips.
the Internet Movie Database
- Here's another searchable film database (also for TV) that can be searched
by title, cast name, or character name. Data on each film includes information
on the plot, cast and credits, as well as a set of hyperlinked resources on
each of the actors and actresses in the film and what other roles they played
in movies and in TV. In addition, there are famous quotes from the movie,
trivia, goofs, release dates, filming locations, and links to other sites
that reference the movie.
and Society: Related Essays
- Scroll down to the section on "Cinema" for about thirty essays by different
authors documenting the history of cinema, particularly its beginning.
to Silent Movies
- Articles and facts about the silent movie era. There are also biographies
of many of the starts (see "Silent Star of the Month") and a set of links
to other Web resources (see "At The Movies").
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