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AM 304: History of Multi-Media

Film Criticism - Film Review Websites

New York Times Movie Reviews (1929- present) - browse or search 28,000 NYT movie reviews. Included in the free review archive are all films reviewed since 1960.

The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made - reviews from New York Times film critics.

Moving Image Source - articles from the Moving Image Museum

senses of cinema - an online journal from Australia. Use the search box to find articles. Also, see the "Great Directors" tab for biographies on directors, such as Hitchcock and Chaplin. - film critic for the Chicago Reader. Search the year you're interested in on the right and enter titles in the search box. (not working)

Cineaste Magazine - a couple articles from the current issue are available free, but articles and reviews from past issues cost 2.99 per item. See the Web Archive tab on home page for a variety of free previously published articles.

Films Online

UbuWeb - contemporary (and some modern) avant-garde film and video by a wide variety of directors and artists from Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Marina Abramoviç and Claes Oldenburg to Picasso and the Lumiere Brothers. Free.


  • Spellbound (1945) - First 15 minutes of the film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including the dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali.
  • Spellbound (1945) in its entirety: 1 hour, 51 min.

Open Culture - 500+ free films, mostly from 1900-1990. Browse titles.

 Includes such classic films as 

  • Trip to the Moon / Le Voyage dans la lune Free French black & white silent sci-fi film loosely based on two novels: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. (1902)
  • Battleship Potemkin Free – Directed by the great Russian director, Sergei Eisenstein. One of the most influential propaganda films of all time. Alternative version here. (1925)
  • Triumph of the Will Free – (1935) The major Nazi propaganda work by Leni Riefenstahl. With subtitles.
  • The Gold RushFree Charlie Chaplin wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Gold Rush. Chaplin repeatedly said that this is the film he most wanted to be remembered for. (1925)
  • The Impossible VoyageFree -Directed by Georges Méliès, this 1904 film, based on a Jules Verne’s play, is a satire of scientific exploration in which a group of geographers attempt a journey into the interior of the sun. (1904)
  • The Phantom of the OperaFree – A classic silent film featuring Lon Chaney as the Phantom. (1925)
  • The VagabondFree – A silent film by Charlie Chaplin that co-starred Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White and Lloyd Bacon. Chaplin appears as The Tramp. (1916)
  • Un Chien AndalouFreeSalvador Dali and Louis Bunuel’s short, silent surrealist film. (1929)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariFree – This silent film directed by Robert Wiene is considered one of the most influential German Expressionist films and perhaps one of the greatest horror movies of all time. (1920)
  • MetropolisFree – Fritz Lang’s fable of good and evil fighting it out in a futuristic urban dystopia. An important classic. An alternate version can be found here. (1927)
  • A Bucket of Blood - Free – Roger Corman’s classic comedy/horror film set in Bohemian San Francisco. Shot in 5 days for $50,000. Internet Archive version here. (1959)
  • Lady Blue ShanghaiFree – David Lynch’s short movie that doubles as a commercial for Dior. Stars Marion Cotillard. (2010)

Other Film Resources

GreenCine Movie Primers: Primers on Film Genres

Iincluded on this site, for instance, is an overview of Battleship Potemkin and Sergei Eisenstein, found under "Russia: 1896 - 1953" in the list of film genres.

Early Cinema - find biographical information on the pioneers of cinema, such as Jean Méliès (under "pioneers" on left, then select name of director)

Palace Classic Films - find hundreds of images, a comprehensive bibliography, and some articles on movies and filmmaking.

Early Motion Pictures

American at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915

150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized, from the Library of Congress archives

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