Selected Library Resources in
Latin American and Spanish Film
The main Library
of Congress classification for film material is PN1993-PN1997.
FIO consists of two databases (the American Film Institute catalogs and the Film Index International created by the British Film Institute) that may be searched separately or together. Not necessarily as complete as the Internet Movie Database, but the information here is more authoritative.
The principal index to the international periodical literature of film and television/video.
Coverage: 1973 to present (1973 to 2001 available ONLINE). Indexes approximately 300 international film journals, excluding periodicals of purely “fan” interest, totally technical data, and extremely short pieces of press release information.
In addition to the author’s name and over one thousand subject headings, articles are indexed under the names of individual screenwriters, performers, directors, cinematographers, professional societies, and corporations. Also, there are entries for the title of individual films, personal names, topics (e.g., Set Design), film themes (e.g., Prisoners in Film), organizations, studios, technical and industry terminology.
Location: ONLINE (http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/fli/index.jsp)
and Watson Reference (PN1993 .F55x)
B. International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA). ONLINE
IIPA provides an index to 210 journals in the performing arts including film. Full-text is available for some of these journals back to 1998.
Primarily devoted to literature and language, the MLA (Modern Language Association of America) International Bibliography is of some use for the study of ancillary subjects such as folklore, theater, and film, especially for the more theoretical aspects of those fields as they converge with or derive from literary and linguistic theory. Includes articles from 1963 to the present. For earlier years consult the printed volumes in the Watson Reference Dept. (Z7006 .M64)
D. Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) ONLINE
HAPI is an online index to journal articles from
approximately 400l journals published around the world that regularly contain information on
E. Informe: Revistas en español
F. Handbook for Latin American Studies
A. Lexis/Nexis Academic. ONLINE
Academic Universe is one of the best sources for full-text, recent (very up-to-date) newspaper and magazine articles, including reviews about films.
B. Historic New York Times. ONLINE
database provides complete New York Times (1851 to 1999) online. The full text is indexed. For 1999 to the present look
at the National Newspaper Index (ONLINE).
C. Media Review Digest. ONLINE
This database provides citations to review of movies.
Note: All books listed are in the Watson Library Reference Collection unless otherwise indicated.
A. Dictionaries (Books with primarily technical or historical terms)
Notas para la historia del cine en México,
García Riera, Emilio. Historia documental del cine mexicano. Guadalajara, Jalisco, México: Universidad de Guadalajara, 1992-. 17 vols. PN1993.5.M4 G295 1992
A Guide to Latin American,
Key Concepts in Cinema Studies.
International Film, Television and
Video Acronyms. Ed. Matthew Stevens.
The Language of Cinema.
The Complete Film Dictionary. 2nd ed.
The International Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary.
Trelles Plazaola, Luis. South American cinema,
dictionary of film makers. Río Piedras, P.R.:
Editorial de la Universidad de
A. Encyclopedias and Guides (Primarily contain short pieces on directors, performers, critical concepts, etc.)
de Realizadores. Clara Kriger y Alejandra Portela, compiladoras.
Magill’s Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language
Films. Ed. Frank
Roud, Richard, ed.
Cinema: a Critical Dictionary: The Major Film-makers.
World Film Directors. Ed. John Wakeman.
C. Filmography (Many of the encyclopedias also include filmographies)
Latin American Films, 1932-1994: A Critical Filmography.
Higgins, Susan J.
A Latin American Filmography.
The International Film Index, 1895-1990. E. Alan Goble.
D. Bibliography (Retrospective)
Film Study: An Analytical Bibliography.
Ellis, Jack C., Charles Derry and
Sharon Kern. The Film Book
The Film Index: A Bibliography. Ed. Harold Leonard.
McCann, Richard Dyer and Edward S.
Perry. The New Film Index:
A Bibliography of Magazine Articles in English, 1930-1970.
The Macmillan Film Bibliography.
V. Access to Books: The Online Catalog (Subject Headings)
Any individual’s name (surname, given names)—i.e., director, philosopher, performer, critic
Motion pictures—[individual country or region, or directly by individual state or province]
Motion pictures—Caribbean Area
These headings can be further divided, by type of item or more specific subject:
Motion pictures—Book reviews—Indexes
Motion pictures—Political aspects [subdivided by country]
Motion pictures—Religious aspects
Motion pictures—Social aspects [can be subdivided by country]
Motion pictures—Social aspects—
Motion pictures and history
Motion pictures and the arts
Motion picture acting
Motion picture actors and actresses [can be subdivided by country]
picture actors and actresses—
Motion picture audiences
Motion pictures and literature
Motion picture industry [can be subdivided by country]
Motion picture producers and directors [can be subdivided by country]
picture producers and directors—
Latin Americans in motion pictures
Communism and motion pictures
Homosexuality in motion pictures
Politics in motion pictures
Sex role in motion pictures
Social problems in motion pictures
Women in motion pictures