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Cinema history: Books and weblinks

Updated Thursday, 1st April 2010

Further reading on the history of film - and how it reflects society

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If you want to take an interest in the history of films and film makers further, why not try our suggestions for weblinks, books and courses offering more on the subjects?


  • BFI National Library - in the words of Morning Edition film critic Mark Kermode, "An invaluable tool for anyone who wants to get a handle on the movies."
  • - Dedicated to British Cinema and listing UK films with some information on film genres
  • Cast and Crew - Information about the television programmes which brought together the original cast and crew from The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, If..., My Beautiful Laundrette and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Includes an article by Tony Aldgate on British New Wave cinema.
  • Close up -The electronic journal of British Cinema. First and only issue of the online journal covering aspects of British cinema.
  • ITN film archives also include the British Pathe Newsreel and other studios' footage.
  • It's not just Michael Powell- British films of the 30s, 40s and 50s. David Absalom’s continually updated weblog, including ‘What’s on this week on television’.
  • Moving History offers background on the twelve public service film archives around the UK.
  • Screenonline - This British Film Institute website is devoted to the history of British film and television, and to Britain’s social history as revealed by film and television.


Best of British: Cinema and Society from 1930 to the Present
Jeffrey Richards and Anthony Aldgate, I.B. Tauris

British National Cinema
Sarah Street, Routledge

Tom Dewe Matthews, Chatto & Windus


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