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Avi. Silent Movie. Illustrated by C.B. Mordan. New York: Atheneum, 2003.

Buckland, Warren. Teach Yourself Film Studies. Chicago: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

Costanzo, William V. Reading the Movies: Twelve Great Films on Video and How to Teach Them. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1992.

Dick, Bernard F. Anatomy of Film. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002.

Golden, John. Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2001.

Kawin, Bruce. How Movies Work. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1992.

Krueger, Ellen, and Mary T. Christel. Seeing and Believing: How to Teach Media Literacy in the English Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2001.

Monaco, James. How to Read A Film: The World of Movies, Media, and Multimedia. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Segar, Linda, and Edward Jay Whetmore. From Script to Screen: The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1994.

Schillaci, Anthony, and John M. Culkin, eds. Films Deliver: Teaching Creatively with Film. New York: Citation Press, 1970.

Teasley, Alan B., and Ann Wilder. Reel Conversations: Reading Film with Young Adults. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1997.

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Web Sites

Please note: Although these sites were verified at the time of publication, Web site addresses and content are frequently subject to change.

For Educators

Annenberg/CPB Project
This part of the site describes a series of videos for the classroom that analyze American filmmaking, with clips from 300 of the "greatest movies ever made." Divided into genres such as Westerns, Romantic Comedy, and Film Noir, the series shows teachers how to teach film and connect it with history and literature.

Course Handouts
Although developed for a course on "Mass Culture in Nazi Germany/Nazi Films," two general handouts on this site are useful for any film course: "Reading the Opening Sequence" and "Reading a Film Sequence."

The Film Foundation
The Film Foundation, established by Martin Scorcese and other directors, helps protect and preserve motion picture history. Teachers and students can download and print out Making Movies: A Guide for Young Filmmakers, a comprehensive production manual for young people.

The Media Awareness Network
Teaching activities and units that encourage critical thinking about the media, including film, advertising, journalism, and the Internet, are provided. The film section links to lessons on film genres, violence in film, heroes in popular film, movie reviewing, and other topics.

Media Literacy Clearinghouse
Designed for K-12 educators who teach media literacy, the film section has links that include lessons on responding to film, creating storyboards, the science of making film, and more.

Web English Teacher
This site contains many general links for English teachers. The Media Literacy section lists specific links to lessons on "Greatest Films," "Directors in the Classroom," "How the Media Shapes Perception," and other relevant topics.

Yale Film Analysis Web site
Developed for faculty and students at Yale, this site offers definitions of basic terms, as well as information about cinema techniques such as cinematography, sound, and editing. Yale University Libraries also host a research guide on film studies, with related articles and publications, at

General Film Web Sites

American Film Institute
This national organization, dedicated to "advancing and preserving film, television and other forms of the moving image," offers news and information about film and the organization's educational programs.

Internet Movie Database
This site contains reviews of hundreds of movies, plus biographies of actors, directors, and others involved in film.

Movie Review Query Engine
This database contains over 39,000 titles and movie reviews, plus several AFI "100 Best" lists.

Movie Sounds
This site has sound clips from hundreds of movies, from The Lord of the Rings to The Wizard of Oz.

The New York Times Movie Page
This site offers twenty years of movie reviews from the New York Times, as well as a list of the "1,000 Best Movies" and information on current releases.

Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
A compendium of reviews of over 100,000 films and videos, Rotten Tomatoes compiles the range of critical response to each film.

Simply Scripts
This site links to hundreds of free, downloadable movie scripts and screenplays.

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Teacher's Guides

WGBH has produced teacher's guides for several Masterpiece Theatre productions:

Almost a Woman
Anna Karenina
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Oliver Twist
Othello/The Merchant of Venice
(one guide)
Our Town
The Road from Coorain

These are available online or in print. To order a free print version, please send your request by mail to: WGBH Educational Outreach, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134, or email to:

Please specify which guides you are ordering.

You may also be interested in two guides produced for libraries, which contain discussion questions: The Masterpiece Theatre Book & Film Club Guide I (online only) and The Masterpiece Theatre Book & Film Club Guide II (coming soon).

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