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Film Studies: National Cinemas: Introduction

This guide highlights selected resources for various national cinemas.

Defining "World Cinema"

World Cinema is a term used in film studies in a range of shifting and loosely overlapping senses, and implying different critical, theoretical, and methodological perspectives.

1. Cinema in global sense, embracing all cinemas of the world. This approach informs varyingly exhaustive multinational surveys, historical and otherwise, of the world’s cinemas (Nowell-Smith; Luhr) and some studies of media globalization (Chaudhuri; Dennison and Lim). Until the late 1990s this was the most commonplace usage and understanding of the term.

2. Postcolonial studies of Third World cinemas, including cinemas embodying non-mainstream attitudes to film content and/or film style (Guneratne and Dissanayake; Shohat and Stam). This approach is relatively uncommon in World cinema studies.

Kuhn, A. & Westwell, G. (2012). "World cinema." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 1 Nov. 2016.

In the Library's collections

This guide is here to showcase films and film-making around the world. You can also find resources which look at how a country is portrayed in film. Various countries or areas are located in the tabs.

Each page will list selected book titles, any journal titles specific to that country's film industry and a very short, selected list of films available through streaming or in the Jones Media Center.

To find other films, search the Library's online catalog. The catalog contains all the titles we own or can stream.

Introductory reading(s)

To see more resources found in the online catalog on world cinema, click here. The listings in this box are meant as a short introduction to world cinema.

Series - New Directions in National Cinemas

Click here for other titles in this series.

Keeping up with the journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for a national or regional cinema? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's you can download and read the articles you want.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's now available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.