Selected Library Resources in

Latin American and Spanish Film



The main Library of Congress classification for film material is PN1993-PN1997.


I.                    Online Resources.

A.         UT-LANIC.

The principle ‘gateway” to Internet sites about Latin American films, along with some links to sites on motion pictures in general, is provided by UT-LANIC, the University of Texas Latin American Studies Institute.  The URL for this site is:

B.         Film Indexes Online.

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.


II.                  Access to Scholarly Articles


A.         Film Literature Index


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 ( 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. 

C.                  The MLA International Bibliography  ONLINE


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 Latin America.  It covers from 1970 to the present, with quarterly uploads.


E.  Informe:  Revistas en español

F.  Handbook for Latin American Studies


III.                Access to Newspaper and Magazine Articles, Including Reviews


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


This 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. 


IV.                Reference Books


Note:  All books listed are in the Watson Library Reference Collection unless otherwise indicated.


A.  Dictionaries  (Books with primarily technical or historical terms)


Almoina, Helena.  Notas para la historia del cine en México, 1896-1925.  Mexico City, Mexico: Filmoteca, UNAM, [1980].  2 vols.  PN1993.5.M4 N67

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, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino made film and video.  Eds.  Karen Ranucci and Julie Feldman.  Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.  PN1995.9.L37 G85 1998 

Hayward, Susan.  Key Concepts in Cinema Studies.  London & New York: Routledge, 1996.  PN 1993.45 .H36 1996

International Film, Television and Video Acronyms.  Ed. Matthew Stevens.  Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1993.  PN 1993.45 .S76 1993


Jackson, Kevin.  The Language of Cinema.  New York: Routledge, 1998.  PN 1993.45 .J23 1998

Konigsberg, Ira.  The Complete Film Dictionary.  2nd ed.  New York: Penguin, 1997.  PN 1993.45 .K66 1997

Slide, Anthony.  The International Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary.  Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1989.  PN 1993.45 .S57 1989

Schwartz, Ronald.  Latin American films, 1932-1994: a critical filmography.  Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c1997.  PN1995.9.L37 S38 1997 

Trelles Plazaola, Luis.  South American cinema, dictionary of film makers.  Río Piedras, P.R.: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1989.  PN1998.2 .T7413 1989

Wilt, David E.  The Mexican filmography : 1916 through 2001.  Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c2004.  PN1993.5.M4 W55 2004 




A.  Encyclopedias and Guides (Primarily contain short pieces on directors, performers, critical concepts, etc.)


Diccionario de Realizadores.  Clara Kriger y Alejandra Portela, compiladoras.  Buenos Aires: Ediciones del Jilguero, 1997.  PN 1998.2 .D49 1997

Magill’s Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films.  Ed. Frank N. Magill.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1985.  8vols.  PN 1993.45 .M34 1985

Roud, Richard, ed.  Cinema: a Critical Dictionary: The Major Film-makers.  New York: Viking Press, 1980.  2 vols.  PN 1993.45 .C5

World Film Directors.  Ed. John Wakeman.  New York: H.W. Wilson, 1987-1988.  2 vols. (Vol II: 1945-1985)  PN 1998.2 .W67 1987


C.  Filmography (Many of the encyclopedias also include filmographies)


Schwartz, Ronald.  Latin American Films, 1932-1994: A Critical Filmography.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997.  PN 1995.9 .L37S38

Higgins, Susan J.  A Latin American Filmography.  Austin: Inst. Of Lat. Am. Studies, Univ. of Texas, 1978.  PN 1998 .H54

The International Film Index, 1895-1990.  E. Alan Goble.  London: Bowker-Saur. 1991.  (Vol. 1: Film Titles; Vol. 2: Directors’ Filmography and Indexes)


D.  Bibliography (Retrospective)


Burton, Julianne, The New Latin American Cinema: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, 1960-1980.  New York: Smyrna Press, 1983. Z 5784. M9B93

Manuel, Frank.  Film Study: An Analytical Bibliography.  Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1990-  .  4 vol. Z5784 .M9M84

Ellis, Jack C., Charles Derry and Sharon Kern.  The Film Book Bibliography 1940-1975.  Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1979.  Z5784.M9E44

The Film Index: A Bibliography.  Ed. Harold Leonard.  New York: MOMA Film Library and H.W. Wilson, 1941-  .  Z5784 .M9W75

McCann, Richard Dyer and Edward S. Perry.  The New Film Index: A Bibliography of Magazine Articles in English, 1930-1970.  New York: Dutton, 1975.  Z5784 .M9M29 1975

Rehauer, George.  The Macmillan Film Bibliography.  New York: Macmillan, 1982.  2 vols.  Z5784 .M9R423 1982


V.                  Access to Books:  The Online Catalog (Subject Headings)


Any individual’s name (surname, given names)—i.e., director, philosopher, performer, critic


Motion pictures

Motion pictures—[individual country or region, or directly by individual state or province]


            Motion pictures—Latin America

            Motion pictures—Mexico

            Motion pictures—Brazil

            Motion pictures—Caribbean Area




            These headings can be further divided, by type of item or more specific subject:


            Motion pictures—Argentina—Catalogs

            Motion pictures—Brazil—Bibliography

            Motion pictures—Brazil—Dictionaries

            Motion pictures—Chile—Plots, themes, etc.

            Motion pictures—Cuba—Periodicals

            Motion pictures—Latin America—History—Congresses

            Motion pictures—Mexico--Filmography

            Motion pictures—MexicoGuadalajara

            Motion pictures—Mexico—Catalogs

            Motion pictures—Uruguay—Reviews

            Motion pictures—Venezuela—History


Motion pictures—Bibliography

Motion pictures—Book reviews—Indexes

Motion pictures—Catalogs

Motion pictures—Censorship

Motion pictures—Dictionaries

Motion pictures—History

Motion pictures—Philosophy

Motion pictures—Political aspects [subdivided by country]

            Motion pictures—Political aspects—Chile

            Motion pictures—Political aspects—Chile—History

Motion pictures—Religious aspects

Motion pictures—Reviews

Motion pictures—Social aspects [can be subdivided by country]

Motion pictures—Social aspects—Latin America


Motion pictures and history

Motion pictures and the arts


Motion picture acting

Motion picture actors and actresses [can be subdivided by country]

            Motion picture actors and actresses—Mexico—Biography

Motion picture audiences

Motion pictures and literature


Motion picture industry [can be subdivided by country]

            Motion picture industry—Brazil

            Motion picture industry--Brazil—History

            Motion picture industry—Brazil—History—Bibliography


Motion picture producers and directors [can be subdivided by country]

            Motion picture producers and directors—Argentina


Latin America in motion pictures

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