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Cinema Studies

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of Cinema Studies.

American Film Scripts Online

Hints on using the Bobst Catalog

  1. If you are looking for a specific title and get too many hits, also search by the name of the screenwriter or author (NOT the director). This often helps narrow down hits quickly.
  2. To browse screenplays, try a more general "Subject List" search for the term Motion picture plays.
  3. However, keep in mind that many published scripts (especially for television) have no subject heading at all, and will only have the words "script," "scripts," or "screenplay" in the title. You can, however, do a subject seach for the name of a film or program, and this will sometimes produce a title that includes the script. Subject headings for film and film studies material vary; however, most materials can be found by using the term "motion pictures" or “television” in subject or keyword searches. You might also try these keywords in your searches:
  • Motion pictures or televison adaptations, criticism, reviews
  • Motion pictures or television directors, actors and actresses
  • Motion pictures or television genres (can also search under film noir, film or television dramas, comedies, or musicals, etc.)

Magazines & Anthologies

Some magazines or anthologies do publish scripts in their entirety.

Scripts on Microfilm

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