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Best Bets--Scholarly Web Sites
These web sites are freely available, and quite useful for research in film and media studies.
Internet Movie Database
An online database of information related to movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, video games, and most recently, fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media.
Basic information is searchable from any web browser. More in depth information is available on their paid subscription site, IMDB Pro.
In addition to archiving websites, the Internet Archive also boasts a huge collection of freely accessible texts, images, audio files, and films. The "Feature Films" collection is particularly fantastic if you're looking for movies that are out of copyright.
Internet Archive: Cultural & Academic Films
"Features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”--site.