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Those heading to the video store or movie theater this weekend who are unsure about what movie to see may want to consult MovieLens. MovieLens, from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, is "a free personalized movie recommendation service" that uses technology called Collaborative Filtering. The service works by querying you about movies you have seen...
Chinese Movie Database

An English version of the Chinese Movie Database has recently been made available. Edited by Lu Pin, the database covers Chinese movies made in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries/regions from 1905 to the present. Users can search by movie title or by individual's name or select movie titles from the Movie Index Page. Search returns for individuals include films they have...
Festival de Cannes

The Official site presents highlights include a searchable database of films and awards, juries, and summaries along with posters and stills from the winners. The Official Site is available in both French and English, but the database query results are in French.
The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale

The Wizard of Oz is probably one of the most enduring American stories, having been translated into numerous movies, recordings, stage productions, and hundreds of written versions. This online exhibit from the Library of Congress showcases some of the many products and ephemera related to this integral piece of American culture. Many of the objects originated from the Library's voluminous...
Technology in Movies: Fact and Fiction

An excellent example of science fiction turned science fact is the Star Trek communicator. It is virtually identical in function to today's cellular phones, but it was envisioned nearly 30 years before it became a common accessory. Many other parallels of Star Trek concepts to everyday life are illustrated in a short article from the winter 2002 Albright College newsletter (1). Researchers at the...
National Film Preservation Foundation

Created by the United States Congress, the National Film Preservation Foundation provides nationwide support to the preservation of American films of cultural and historical significance, along with improving film access for study, education, and exhibition. Located in San Francisco, the Foundation also awards grants to various film archives and preservations agencies who are also dedicated to...
Sundance Film Festival Announces Winners

Film festivals have become immensely popular during the last few decades, and it seems like almost every city or state now has some type of festival to showcase the work of local, national, and in some cases, international filmmakers, both young and old. Started by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Film Festival (held annually in Park City, Utah) has quickly grown into one of the most...

Hosted and maintained by Sven E. Carlsson, a Swedish educator, this Web site is an excellent source of information about that one element of filmmaking that is sometimes overlooked due to its ubiquity: sound. Persons curious to read a brief overview of film sound will want to start with an essay titled "An Introduction to Film Sound," by Jane Knowles Marshall. After this, they may want to look...
George Eastman Museum

Since it was opened in 1949, the George Eastman House has helped tell "the story of photography and motion pictures -- media that have changed and continue to change our perception of the world." The museum's homepage offers a number of interesting resources about current exhibitions and longstanding collections. One of the more substantial sections of the Web site is titled Education & Research;...
Bright Lights Film Journal

Initially started as a print journal in 1974, online publication of Bright Lights Film Journal began in 1996, and continues to the present day. As noted on its site, the journal is "a popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary, looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the...
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