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National Filmographies

This web site contains sources of information about world cinema. I have listed publications and Internet databases which provide the most comprehensive details of films. Many of these books & CD-ROMs are expensive or difficult to obtain. Where possible, I have given a link to publishers or film archives for further information.

All titles are primarily filmographies or contain lists of films. Where a filmography is unavailable, I have shown film histories or general guides. This is indicated under most entries. For certain entries, where more than one book is listed, I have been unable to check which is the more comprehensive title. I have also indicated how many films are indexed or reviewed in each filmography.

I have listed annuals which are yearly publications supplementing the filmographies. Over the years annuals will change title and/or publisher. I have detailed the most recent information with an indication of when the series began.

Thanks to Brian Poynton for some cover photos.

I have divided countries into the following groups:

  1. World Filmographies
  2. Countries with mostly English language output - U.K., U.S.A., Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand
  3. Europe
  4. Latin America & The Caribbean
  5. Africa
  6. Asia

The following pages list other filmographies:

  1. Filmographies by Genre / Type
  2. Filmographies by Subject / Setting / Theme
  3. Filmographies of Fictional Characters
  4. Historical Film Timeline
  5. Filmographies by Geographic Locations
  6. World Television Guides

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World Filmographies

The following are a selection of reference works covering the whole world of cinema.

Online DatabasesInternet Movie Database / Complete Index to World Film Database / BFI Film & TV Database / All Movie Guide / Filmlexikon FILME von A-Z / Banca Dati del Cinema Mondiale / I Film proiettati nelle sale italiane dal 1946 ad oggi / BIBNET / Film Index International / Filmweb (Poland) / Dvdfr.com

Online DatabasesCensor's Databases: Motion Picture Association Of America Ratings Database / Statens Biografbyra Film Database (Sweden) / British Board of Film Classification Database / Statens filmtilsyn - Filmdatabase (Norway) / FSK-Freigaben-Online (Germany) / Kvikmyndaskodun (Iceland) / The Office of Film & Literature Classification (Australia) / New Zealand Censorship Database / Registrul Cinematografiei (Romania)

THE COMPLETE INDEX TO WORLD FILM SINCE 1895 CD-ROM by Alan Goble
Published by Valan Publishing. 2003
Contains information on 345,320 films from 175 countries.
This CD-Rom has its own website! Visit http://www.citwf.com/ for more information.
This is an updated version of :

THE INTERNATIONAL FILM INDEX, 1895-1990 by Alan Goble
Published by Bowker-Saur. 1991 ISBN 0-86291-623-2 (Set)
Vol 1: Film Titles ISBN 0-86291-628-3 Vol 2: Director's Filmography and Indices ISBN 0-86291-633-X
Contains information on approx. 177,000 films.

THE MOTION PICTURE GUIDE by Jay Robert Nash & Stanley Ralph Ross
Published by Baseline/Cinebooks.1985-87 ISBN 0-933997-00-0 (Set)
Vols 1-9: 1927-1984  Vol 10: Silent Film: 1910-1936 by Robert Connelly Vols 11-12: Indexes 
Annual Supplements 1986- . A CD-Rom and online version are available.
Contains information on 30,000 films (to 1991).

VARIETY'S FILM REVIEWS by Mike Kaplan (Vols 1-15 Only) and others
Published by R.R. Bowker. 1997(Partial Reprint) ISBN 0-8352-3545-9 (Set)
Vol 1: 1907-1920 Vol 2: 1921-1925 Vol 3: 1926-1929 Vol 4: 1930-1933 Vol 5: 1934-1937 Vol 6: 1938-1942
Vol 7: 1943-1948 Vol 8: 1949-1953 Vol 9: 1954-1958 Vol 10: 1959-1963 Vol 11: 1964-1967
Vol 12: 1968-1970 Vol 13: 1971-1974 Vol 14: 1975-1977 Vol 15: 1978-1980 Vol 16: Index to Vols 1-15
Vol 17: 1981-1982 Vol 18: 1983-1984 Vol 19: 1985-1986 Vol 20: 1987-1988 Vol 21: 1989-1990
Vol 22: 1991-1992 Vol 23: 1993-1994 Vol 24 1995-1996
Reproductions of the original reviews printed in Variety.

 

National Filmographies - English Speaking Countries

Here is a listing of books containing the complete output of films from various countries. Where more than one book is listed, I have been unable to check which is the more comprehensive title.

 

AMERICAN FILMS

Online DatabaseAmerican Film Institute Online Catalog (For more infomation on this subscription service see :AFI Catalog) /
AFI Catalog Of Silent Films

Film Beginnings1961-1970

THE AFI CATALOG OF FEATURE FILMS

(blurb from the AFI website)

The AFI Catalog, the only comprehensive national filmography of American motion pictures and the most comprehensive national filmography in the world, consists of a series of volumes providing documentation on all films produced in the United States.

Each volume of the AFI Catalog is comprised of at least two books: one provides entries for each film, with complete cast and production credits, subjects, genres, synopses and historical notes. The accompanying book of indexes allows readers to access and identify films by title, year of release, personal name, subject, genre, literary source or geographic location.

Film Beginnings, 1893-1910 (2-volume set) by Elias Savada
Published by Scarecrow Press. 1995 ISBN 0-8108-3021-3
Contains information on 17,752 films.

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-1920 (2-volume set) by Patricia King Hanson
Published by University of California Press. 1988 ISBN 0-520-06301-5

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-1930 (2-volume set) by Kenneth W Munden
Published by University of California Press. 1971 ISBN 0-520-20969-9

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-1940 (3-volume set) by Patricia King Hanson
Published by University of California Press. 1993 ISBN 0-520-07908-6
Contains information on 5,525 films.

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950 (3-volume set) by Patricia King Hanson
Published by University of California Press. 1999 ISBN 0-520-21521-4
Contains information on 4,316 films.

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1951-1960 Not yet completed.
See Alan Fetrow's book below for comparable information.

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-1970 (2-volume set) by Richard P Krafsur
Published by University of California Press. 1976 ISBN 0-520-20970-2

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1971-1980 Not yet completed.
See Marc Sigoloff's book below for comparable information.

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1981-1990 Not yet completed.
See the Nowlans' book below for comparable information.

AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1991-1999 Not yet completed.
See the Nowlans' book below for comparable information.

American Film Institute Catalog 1893-1970 CD-ROM
Published by Chadwyck-Healey. 2003
Contains information on over 45,000 films. Excludes information on films from 1956-1959. An online version is available.

FEATURE FILMS, 1950-1959 A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc. 1999 ISBN 0-7864-0427-2
Contains information on 3,078 films.

THE FILMS OF THE SEVENTIES : A Filmography Of American, British & Canadian Films 1970-1979
by Marc Sigoloff.
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc. 1984 ISBN 0-7864-0882-0
Contains information on 942 films.

THE FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES : A complete, qualitative filmography to over 3400 feature-length English language films, theatrical and video-only, released between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1989
by Robert A. Nowlan & Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan.
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc. 1984 ISBN 0-89950-560-0

THE FILMS OF THE NINETIES : A complete, qualitative filmography to over 3000 feature-length English language films, theatrical and video-only, released between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999
by Robert A. Nowlan & Gwendolyn L. Nowlan.
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc. 2001 ISBN 0-7864-0974-6

THE ANIMATED FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA : A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features, and Sequences, 1900-1979 by Graham Webb
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc. 2000 ISBN 0-7864-0728-8
Contains information on nearly 7,000 films.

Annual : Screen World Published by Applause Books. 1949-

         Awards: Academy Awards / Academy Awards Database

         Film Institute: American Film Institute

         Film Archives: National Film Preservation Foundation / Pacific Film Archive / UCLA Film & Television Archive /
Anthology Film Archives / Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library Of Congress

         Museums: American Museum of the Moving Image / International Museum of Photography & Film / International Cinema Museum, 319 W. Erie St., Chicago

AUSTRALIAN FILMS

Online DatabaseAustralian Film Database / Australian Film Commission Film Database

AUSTRALIAN FILM 1900-1977 by Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper
Published by Oxford University Press. 1999 ISBN 0-19-550784-3
Contains information on 488 films.

AUSTRALIAN FILM 1978-1994 by Scott Murray
Published by Oxford University Press. 1995 ISBN 0-19-553777-7
Contains information on 343 films.

AUSTRALIAN FEATURE FILMS ON CD-ROM
Published by Informit / Australian Catalogue of New Films and Videos Ltd. 1996 ISBN 0864443552

Annual : Australian Films Catalogue: Features Published by Australian Film Commission. 1991-

         Actors: A who's who of Australian and New Zealand film actors : the sound era by Scott Palmer. Scarecrow Press. 1988

         Books: Australian film : a bibliography by Brian Reis. Mansell. 1997 / Australian Film Bibliography / Bibliography of Western Australian film, television and video

         Awards: The AFI Awards

         Film Institute: Australian Film Institute

         Film Archive: Screensound Australia

BRITISH FILMS

Online DatabaseScreenonline / Britmovie / Cinema Britain: Filmography 1950-1969 / British Films Catalogue (from 1998 only) / British Mod Cinema: The Complete Listing / It's not just Michael Powell: British films of the 30s, 40s and 50s / BTF - British Transport Films / Gaumont-British and Gainsborough Filmography / Elstree Calling :: The Story of Elstree Film & Television Studios

THE BRITISH FILM CATALOGUE by Denis Gifford
Published by Fitzroy Dearborn. 2000 ISBN 1-57958-171-4 (Set)
Vol 1: The Fiction Film ISBN 1-57958-199-4 Vol 2: The Non-Fiction Film ISBN 1-57958-200-1.
This third edition contains every film from 1895 to 1994.

Online DatabaseGreat British Movie Toon Guide / The Mini Movie Guide

BRITISH ANIMATED FILMS, 1895-1985 : A Filmography by Denis Gifford
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc. 1987 ISBN 0-89950-241-5

Annual : Film Review Published by Reynolds & Hearn. 1944/5-

         Actors: British Film Actors' Credits, 1895-1987 by Scott Palmer. McFarland. 1988

         Directors: The Directory of British Filmmakers

         Books: BFI National Library

         Studios: British Film Studios by Patricia Warren. B.T.Batsford. 2001

         Awards: BAFTA Awards / IMDb: British Academy Awards

         Film Institute: The British Film Institute

         Film Archives: The National Film & Television Archive / Scottish Screen Archive / North West Film Archive

         Museums: The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television / The Bill Douglas Centre For The History Of Cinema And Popular Culture

CANADIAN FILMS

Online DatabaseThe Great Canadian Guide to the Movies / Canadian Literature into Film / Canadian Film Encyclopedia / Western Canada Film List

A CENTURY OF CANADIAN CINEMA : Feature Film Guide from 1900-2001 by Gerald Pratley
Published by Lynx Images. 2003 ISBN 1-894073-21-5

CANADIAN FEATURE FILM INDEX, 1913-1985 by John D. Turner ; French text, Micheline Morisset
Published by Library and Archives of Canada , National Film, Television and Sound Archives. 1987 ISBN 0-660-53364-2
Contains information on 1,222 films.

         Actors: Northern Stars - Actors

         Directors: Northern Stars - Directors

         Books: Canadian film and video : a bibliography and guide to the literature by Loren Lerner. Univ of Toronto. 1997

         Awards:The Genie Awards / A Pictorial History of the Canadian Film Awards by Maria Topalovich. Stoddart. 1984

         Film Institute: Canadian Film Institute • Institut canadien du film

         Film Archive: NA - Film, Video and Sound

IRISH FILMS

Online DatabaseIreland Film and Television Net Filmography

THE IRISH FILMOGRAPHY : Fiction Films 1896-1996 by Kevin Rockett
Published by Red Mountain Press. 1996 ISBN 0-9526698-0-3
For more information see: Irish Filmography and Still Irish

CINEMA IRELAND : A Database of Irish Films and Filmmakers 1896-1996 CD-ROM by Robert Monks
Published by The National Library of Ireland. 1996

         Books: Ireland Film and Television Net

         Awards: IFTA Awards

         Film Institute: Film Institute of Ireland

         Film Archive: Irish Film Archive

NEW ZEALAND FILMS

Online DatabaseNew Zealand Film Commission

NEW ZEALAND FILM 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards
Published by Oxford University Press. 1997 ISBN 0-19-558336-1
Contains information on 184 films.

         Actors: A who's who of Australian and New Zealand film actors : the sound era by Scott Palmer. Scarecrow Press. 1988

         Awards: The Film & Television Awards of New Zealand

         Film Archive: The New Zealand Film Archive

SOUTH AFRICAN FILMS

MOVIES, MOGULS, MAVERICKS : SOUTH AFRICAN CINEMA, 1979-1991 by Johan Blignaut & Martin Botha Published by Showdata. 1992 ISBN 0-620-16529-4
For more infomation about this book, see the following Critical Arts article: Film in Africa and South Africa

         Awards: AA Life/ M-Net

         Books: The history of the South African film industry, 1940-1971; a bibliography by Adrienne Udeman.
University of the Witwatersrand. 1972

         Film Archive: South African National Film, Video and Sound Archives,
Private Bag X236, Pretoria 0001 (postal) & 698 Church Street East, Pretoria

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