Links to Additional Resources


Lawyers and Film

Tortured Souls: Unhappy Laywers Viewed Through the Medium of Film
Lance McMillian, Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law][discussion of "Adams' Rib," "Anatomy of a Murder," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Verdict," and "And Justice for All"][For the non-cinema world version of "tortured souls," see, Patrick J. Schiltz, On Being a Happy, Healthy and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession, 52 Vand. L. Rev. 871 (1999)]

Annotated List of Lawyer (and Law) Films

Strange Encounters: Exploring Law and Film in the Affective Register
Ruth Buchanan & Rebecca Johnson, 46 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 33 (2009)

What Screen Do You Have in Mind? Contesting the Visual Context of Law and Film Studies
Richard K. Sherwin, in Austin Sarat (ed.), Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Elsevier, 2008)

Articles & Essays: Orit Kamir

Why 'Law-and-Film' and What Does It Actually Mean
19 Continuum: J. Media & Cultural Stud. 255-278 (2005)

Feminist Law and Film: Search for Imagery of Justice in Popular Culture
75 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 899 (2000)

To Kill a Songbird: A Community of Women, Feminist Jurisprudence, Conscientious Objection and Revolution in A Jury of Her Peers and Contemporary Film
19 Cardozo Stud. L. & Lit. 357 (2007)

Michael Clayton: Hollywood's Contemporary Hero-Lawyer: Beyond 'Outsider Within' and 'Insider Without' 42 Suffolk U. L.R. 829 (2009)

Anatomy of Hollywood's Honorable Hero-Lawyer: A Law-and-Film Study of the Western Motifs, Honor-Based Values and Gender Politics Underlying Anatomy of a Murder's Construction of the Lawyer Image 35 Stud. L. Pol. & Soc'y 35 (2005)

North Country's Hero and Her Cinematic Lawyer: Can Lawyer Films and Women's Films Merge to Launch a New Feminist Subgenre? Canadian Journal of Women in the Law, 2009

X-Raying Adam's Rib: Multiple Readings of a (Feminist?) Law-Film
22 Stud. L. Pol. & Soc'y 103 (2000)

Judgment By Film: Rashomon's Socio-Legal Functions
12 Yale J. L. & Hum. 39 (2000)


Alternative and Independent Cinema

Looking Without Seeing
a Ray Carney essay (excerpts from a review of David E. James, Allegories Of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties)




Gods Among Directors

The Films of John Cassavetes

Francis Ford Coppola: A Bibliography of Materials

The Wild Heart of David Lynch

Film Directors: "Women Filmmakers"
course syllabus

Women in the Director's Chair

Bibliography: Andrew Sarris, The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968 (1994)


Center for Documentary Studies

Film Adaptations

Neil Sinyard, Filming Literature: The Art of Screen Adaptation (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986); James R. Bennett & Richard Lindell, The Endings of Filmed Adaptations of Literature 1946-1977, 2 Studies in Popular Culture 59-76 (1979)

Capturing the Profound in Cinema History

Orson Welles in a Cinema Essay


Classic Films

The Greatest Films
Tom Dirk selections

Bibliographical Note: Patric M. Verrone, Culture: The 12 Best Trial Movies, 75 ABA Journal 96 (November 1989)

Film Critics (Wikipedia)

James Agee James Berardinelli Vincent Canby Roger Ebert Manny Faber Pauline Kael Michael Medved Jonathan Rosenbaum Andrew Sarris

Film History and History in Film

Film History

History of the Discovery of Cinematography
A pre-history of cinema

History in Film

History on/and/in Film

Silent Era

Picturizing Race Hollywood's Censorship of Miscegenation and Production of Racial Visibility

Bibliography: Robert Clyde Allen, Film History: Theory and Practice (New York: Knopf, 1985); David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film History: An Introduction (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994); David Cook, A History of Narrative Film (New York: W.W. Norton, 3rd ed., 1996); Gerald Mast, The Movies: A Short History (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1996)(Rev. and updated, Bruce F. Kawin); Charles Musser, The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (New York: Scribner, 1990); Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (ed.), The Oxford History of World Cinema (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Film International

OzFilm/Australian Film

Writings on Australian Film

Contemporary Film Theory in China

Asian Film Essays
in Screening the Past

Film Magazines

Box Office Magazine Bright Lights Film Journal Entertainment Weekly Fade In

Film Threat IndieWire Variety

Film Pedagogy

Film Education
Created for primary and secondary teachers teaching film across the curriculum; United Kingdom

MetaMedia Literacy: Transforming Meanings and Media [alternative site]

Law Enforcement and Popular Movies: Hollywood as a Teaching Tool in the Classroom

Bibliography: Steve Greenfield and Guy Osborn, The Empowerment of Students: The Case for Popular Film in Legal Studies, 10 (2) Focus on Law Studies 6 (1995); Norman Rosenberg, A Word is Just a Word: Bringing Classical Hollywood Films into Legal Studies Classes, 7 Focus on Law Studies 2 (1992)

Film Ratings

A Short Guide to Censorship & Film Ratings

Film Score

Film Score Monthly

Soundtracks of Peter Weir Films

Composing the Past: Music and the Sense of History in Hollywood Spectacles of the 1950s and early 1960s

Film Sound

Film Sound History

Film Sound Design

Soundtrack Net: The Art of Film and Television Music

Film Schools

New York Film Academy

Film Studies

"The Cinema Studies Specialist, Major and Minor Programs at the University of Toronto treat film primarily as a unique and powerful twentieth century art with its own traditions, history, conventions and techniques. Understanding film, its properties, methods and aesthetics, its impact on culture and society, is the basis of the Programs. They are designed to provide the non-specialist and specialist student of film with courses and sequences of courses which offer a wide variety of approaches: the history and development of cinema; film theory and critical analysis; genre study; national cinemas; the works of individual masters of cinema; interdisciplinary courses which treat film in relation to other arts and academic fields." [Statement from the University of Toronto Film Studies Program]

Film studies is a relatively new academic discipline. Bordwell dates the field as having began in the mid-1960s. [David Bordwell, "Contemporary Film Studies and the Vicissitudes of Grand Theory," in David Bordwell and Noël Carroll (ed.), Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies 3-36, at 3 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996)]

Cinema Space

Film Studies & Course Syllabi

Introduction to Film Studies


Bibliography: Jill Nelmes (ed.), An Introduction to Film Studies (New York: Routledge, 1999); John Hill & Pamela Church Gibson (eds.), Oxford Introduction to Film Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998); Warren Buckland, Teach Yourself Film Studies (1998); Susan Hayway, Cinema Studies: Key Concepts (New York: Routledge, 2000); David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film Art: an Introduction (New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing, 1996); Pam Cook & Mieke Bernink (eds.), The Cinema Book (England: British Film Institute, 1999); Joanne Hollows & Mark Jancovich (eds.), Approaches to Popular Film (Manchester University Press, 1995); Richard Maltby & Ian Craven, Hollywood Cinema (Blackwell Publishers, 1995); Bernard F. Dick, Anatomy of Film (New York: Macmillian, 1998)


Film Maker's Home Pages: A Resource for Filmmakers

Sisters in Cinema
A Resource Guide for and about African American Women Film Makers

Recommended Reading; James Riordan, Stone: The Controversies, Excesses, and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker (New York: Hyperion, 1995) (biography of Oliver Stone)


Beyond the Blockbuster
David Bordwell, introduction to, Film Art: An Introduction (4th ed.), co-authored with Kristin Thompson


Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

American Film Institute

American Society of Cinematographers

Association of Moving Image Archivists

Directors Guild of America

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Motion Picture Association of America

National Film Board of Canada

National Film Preservation Board

National Film Preservation Society

Screen Actors Guild

Sundance Institute

Women in Film & Video

Writers Guild of America

Popular Culture

Sociology of Popular Culture

Race and Ethnicity

Movies, Race, and Ethnicity
Media Resources Center, University of California, Berkeley

Black Film Center/Archive
Indiana University

Gender & Race in Media: Television and Film
University of Iowa Department of Communications Studies

Bibliography: Justin P. Brooks, Will Boys just be Boyz in the Hood?: African-American Directors Portray a Crumbling Justice System in Urban America, 22 Oklahoma City University Law Review 1 (1997); Lester D. Friedman, (ed.), Unspeakable Images: Ethnicity and the American Cinema (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991); Ed Guerrero, Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993)


Movie Review Query Engine

Looking for film reviews? This may be the place to start. A search for "Devil's Advocate" using the Movie Review Query Engine returned 66 links to reviews of the film)

All Movie Guide

Greatest Films

That Movie Site

The Man Who Viewed Too Much

Tom Dirk's Greatest Films


Kramer v. Kramer

Television and TV Lawyers

Interpreting TV

Fred Rogers and the Significance of Story

Television and the Humanities: A Selected Bibliography

Bibliography: Stephen Gillers, Taking L. A. Law More Seriously, 98 Yale L.J. 1607 (1989); Robert Eli Rosen Ethical Soap: L. A. Law and the Privileging of Character, 43 U. Miami L.R. 1229 (1989); Charles B. Rosenberg, An L. A. Lawyer Replies, 98 Yale L.J. 1625 (1989); Stephanie Goldberg, Bar Girls? Images of Women Lawyers on TV Slowly Improving, 76 ABA J. 41 (April 1990); Tino Balio (ed.), Hollywood In The Age of Television (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990) (essays tracing the history of the relationship between television and the movie industry); Paul Joseph & Sharon Carton, The Law of the Federation: Images of Law, Lawyers and the Legal System in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," 24 U. Toledo L.R. 43 (Fall 1992); Ethan Katsh, Is Television Anti-Law? An Inquiry into the Relationship between Law and Media, 7 Am. Legal S.F. 26 (1983); David S. Machlowitz, Lawyers on TV, 74 ABA J. 52 (1988); Joan Gershen Markek, The Practice and Ally McBeal: A New Image for Women Lawyers on Television?, 22 J. Am. Culture 77 (Spring 1999); Paul J. Mastrangelo, Lawyers and the Law: A Television Filmography, 8 Legal Ref. Services Quart. 135 (1988); Judith Mayne, Law and Primetime Feminism, 10 Discourse 30 (Spring-Summer 1988)

Recommend Reading: Robert C. Allen (ed.), Channels of Discourse: Television and Contemporary Criticism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987)

Technical Aspects of Film

Reading a Film Sequence

Film as a Medium

Film Techniques

Reading a Film Sequence

Yale Film Analysis Guide

Introduction to Film

Film Glossary


Exploring the Paradoxes: On Comparing Film and Theatre

And Still More

Jeeem's CinePad

ScreenSite for the Study of Film and Televisions

The Flying Inkpot's Incredible Movie Links Page


Box Office Guru

Inside Out Film

Alfred Hitchcock Scholars/'MacGuffin' Site

Elizabeth's Classic Movies Home Page