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Researching Film:changes and challenges

Ms Vanya Murray, French and Film Studies Subject Consultant, University of Oxford Taylor Institution Library


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Film Studies at Oxford

  • Undergraduate film options in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages (French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish film) and the Faculty of English Language and Literature (Anglo-American film)

  • Postgraduate film options in various Masters programmes e.g. Middle Eastern Studies and African Studies

  • New MSt in Film Aesthetics, October 2007


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Changes and challenges

  • Creating a strong, individual identity for Film Studies in the University

    through:

  • Film Studies COLP

  • Film events and conferences

  • Mailing list

  • New film society “Reel One”


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Reel Three

A university film society for everyone studying and teaching Film Studies

Trinity 2007 programme

Monday evenings, Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty, St Cross Building, Manor Road

Presentation at 6.45pm, screening at 7pm followed by discussion.

A new lease of death

Week 1 (23rd April): A Matter of Life and Death / Powell and Pressburger (1946)

Week 2 (30th April): The Seventh Seal / Ingmar Bergman (1957)

Week 3 (7th May): Orfeu Negro / Marcel Camus (1959)

Week 4 (14th May): Spirit of the Beehive / Víctor Erice (1973)

Week 5 (21st May): Death Takes a Holiday / Mitchell Leisen (1934)

Week 6 (28th May): Wings of Desire / Wim Wenders (1987)

Week 7 (4th June): Orphée / Jean Cocteau (1950)

Week 8 (11th June): Heaven Can Wait/ Ernst Lubitsch (1943)

Organised across the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and the Faculty of English Language and Literature.

Further details: Marianne Aussanaire, Lecturer in French Cinema, Magdalen College; Vanya Murray, Film Studies Librarian, Taylor Institution


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Changes and challenges

  • Building an effective library collection

  • Creating an integrated library collection

  • Devising a Collection Management Policy

  • Sourcing film from different suppliers

  • Keeping up-to-date with new developments in film formats (HD-DVD, Blu-Ray; online streaming)

  • Complying with legal restrictions

  • Establishing cataloguing/classification standards


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Changes and challenges

3. User education: helping researchers locate and access relevant film resources

  • Books, theses and reference works on film

  • Films (on video and DVD; plus online?)

  • Journals: print and online (use of bibliographic databases)

    e.g. http://www.sensesofcinema.com/

  • Film reviews

  • Screenplays and scripts

  • Film scores and music

  • General web resources

    e.g. http://www.bfi.org.uk/research.html


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Contact details

Charles M. Schulz, T’es le meilleur, Charlie Brown

Ms Vanya Murray, French and Film Studies Subject Consultant

University of Oxford Taylor Institution Library

[email protected]

Tel. 01865 278155


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