History of Narrative Cinema

Introductory guide to conducting historical research on narrative film.

Biographical Databases

How to Find Books about a Filmmaker

The most efficient way to find out what books there are about a filmmaker is to search a library catalog using a subject search. Choose the subject search tab and enter the filmmaker's last name first. 

Screen shot showing a subject heading search for Lang, Fritz

The results will show you more specific subject headings.  Using the "Criticism and Interpretation" heading is one way to weed out books that are strictly biographies.  If you want to see the biographies too, use the main heading for the filmmaker's name.

a screen shot showing three subject heading results for Lang, Fritz

You can also try searching in WorldCat, Google Books, and other sources recommended on the Books tab of this guide.