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PHTO 233: Elements of the Moving Image

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Film Studies

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

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Tips: * wildcard symbol for plural and alternate endings

Caps for Boolean connectors:  OR, NOT

The following terms may help with your topic:

(film* OR cinema OR movie* OR "motion picture*)

  • sound, acoustic*, music, dialogue, technology, effects
  • feminis*, women, gender, sex role*
  • realism, reality, real, authtenticity, authentic
  • auteur*, director*, direction, filmmaker*, authorship, craft, signature, style, signature, sensibility, vision, identity, influence
  • structure, duration, time, "visual communication", narrative, atemporal

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These are good starting places for finding online film scholarship, criticism, and reviews. 
Tip:  You can search the first three databases simultaneously by using the Ebsco Host "Choose Databases" feature at the top of the search screen.  If you are researching the topic Feminism, you could also add the database Women's Studies International.

Film Directory Websites