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Compiled by Tom Zaniello, Northern Kentucky University

Bergman, Andrew. We're in the Money: Depression America and its Films. New York University, 1971. (Excellent film history with sections on both well-known and obscure films.)

Bodnar, John. Blue-Collar Hollywood: Liberalism, Democracy and Working People in American Film. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Bogle, Donald. Blacks in American Film and Television: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 1988. (An essential and wide-ranging reference book.)

Bondanella, Peter. Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present. New York: Ungar, 2nd. ed., 1989. (Thorough review with good insights into Neo-realist films.)

Brownlow, Kevin. Beyond the Mask of Innocence. New York: Knopf, 1991. (This treasure-trove of "films of social conscience in the silent era" about "sex, violence, prejudice, and crime" describes many films--alas, unavailable in videocassette with rare exception--about the immigrant experience.)

Burton, Julianne. Cinema and Social Change in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986. (Very helpful study, with interviews with a number of directors.)

Ferris, Susan, and Ricardo Sandoval. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1997. (Essential background book for the film by the same title.)

Fregosa, Linda Rosa. The Bronze Cinema: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992. (Challenging arguments about the special quality of Mexican-American films.)

Georgakas, Dan, and Lenny Rubenstein, eds. The Cineaste Interviews on the Art and Politics of the Cinema. Chicago: Lake View Press, 1983. (Outstanding collection of interviews with numerous major directors.)

Gillett, Phillip. The British Working Class in Postwar Film. Manchester; New York : Manchester University Press: Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003.

Guerrero, Ed. Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film. Philadelphia: Temple University, 1993. (Good introductory study, with discussions of films about slavery.)

Hill, John. Sex, Class, and Realism: British Cinema, 1956-1963. London: British Film Institute,1986. (Discusses the "Angry Young Man" movement and related films in the context of the British film industry.)

Huaco, George A. The Sociology of Film Art. New York: Basic Books, 1965. (A neglected but revealing study of Italian neo-realist, German expressionist, and Soviet films, correlating their "ideology" with the social conditions of both the film industry and its social context.)

Ivins, Joris. The Camera and I. New York: New World Paperbacks, 1969. (Reflections on his own history as a filmmaker and the documentary movement he helped create.)

Library of African Cinema. 3 catalogs: 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998. San Francisco: California Newsreel, 1993,1995, 1998. (These catalogs, with helpful mini-essays, prepared by the primary distributor of African films in the U.S.A., are very helpful for tracing political and class-based issues in seventeen African nations.)

Lorentz, Pare. FDR's Moviemaker: Memoirs and Scripts. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1992. (Scripts for the leading New Deal documentary filmmaker and his autobiographical commentary.)

Margolies, Ken. "Silver Screen Tarnishes Unions," Screen Actor, No. 23 (1981), 43-52. (Pioneering survey of films and their portrayals of unions.)

Martin, Michael T. ed. Cinemas of the Black Diaspora. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1995. (Extensive collection of informative essays about African cinema.)

Millichap, Joseph R. Steinbeck and Film. New York: Ungar, 1983. (Authoritative discussion of Steinbeck's career and excellent comparisons between his novel and film adaptations.)

Noriega, Chon A. ed. Chicanos and Film: Essays on Chicano Representation and Resistance. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. (Collection of wide-ranging essays.)

Pick, Zuzana M. The New Latin American Cinema. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993. (Excellent section on films through the 1980s.)

Puette, Wiliam J. Through Jaundiced Eyes: How the Media View Labor. Ithaca: ILR Press, 1992. (Includes an important chapter on Hollywood's (mainly) negative images of labor.)

Rabinowitz, Paula. They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary. London: Verso, 1994. (Quixotic but intriguing interpretations of 1930s documentaries.)

Roddick, Nick. A New Deal in Entertainment: Warner Brothers in the 1930s. (Important discussion of the films and the politics of the studio usually regarded as the major source of working-class film in the Depression.)

Roffman, Peter, and Jim Purdy. The Hollywood Social Problem Film. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981. "Madness, Despair, and Politics, from the Depression to the Fifties" is the subtitle and an accurate reflection of the contents of this detailed and illuminating study.

Rosenthal, Alan. The New Documentary in Action. (University of California, 1971). (Surveys important early 1960s documentaries on social issues.)

Ross, Steven J. Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. (More political discussion of some of the same material covered in Brownlow's Behind the Mask of Innocence, but of extremely great value in tracing the development of Hollywood's retreat from class-conscious issues.)

Sayles, John. Thinking in Pictures: The Making of the Movie "Matewan." New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1987. (Excellent background study for film in general and "Matewan" in particular.)

Snyder, Robert L. Pare Lorentz and the Documentary Film. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1967. (The author's critical analyses of Lorentz's films as well as reactions from Lorentz's critics in the 1930s.)

Stead, Peter. Film and the Working Class. London: Routledge, 1989. (One of the best discussions of numerous films in (mainly) the British cultural context, with some interesting comparisons with American films.)

Stott, William. Documentary Expression and Thirties America. New York: Oxford University, 1973. (Subtle and convincing survey of the documentary impulse in films, still photography, and literature.)

Ukadike, Nwachukwu Frank. Black African Cinema. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. (Thorough survey of African cinema.)

Walsh, Francis R. "The Films We Never saw: American Movies View Organized Labor, 1934-1954," Labor History 27 (1986), 564-580. (Excellent sections on the political (usually top-down) changes during the production of important films during his designated period.)

Zaniello, Tom. Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Organized Guide to Films About Labor. Ithaca: ILR/Cornell University Press, 1996. (Commentaries, credits, cast lists, bibliographies, and (selected) sources of rental/sale for 150 labor films.)

 


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