Additional Resources
How to Read a Film

Barnes & Noble University also recommends these materials for further exploration of the course topics.

Further Reading

Citizen Kane
Orson Welles

2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick

Jean-Luc Godard

The Player
Robert Altman

Godfrey Reggio

How to Read a Film
James Monaco

The Dictionary of New Media: The New Digital World: Video, Audio, Print
James Monaco

Watching Movies: Biggest Names in Hollywood Talk About the Films that Matter Most
Frank Partnoy

Understanding Movies
Louis D. Giannetti

Online Resources ― The Web site of “How to Read a Film” course creator James Monaco

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) ― A online archive of all things film: clips, bios, statistics, filmographies, quotes, and plots.

All Movie Guide ― Another film database with many useful short bios and commentaries.

Baseline ― Founded in 1982 by James Monaco, this is the main online information source for the entertainment industry. Geared to professionals, it requires a subscription. (Generally, the IMDB and the All Movie Guide will answer most of your questions, but you should know that Baseline exists.)

Doug Pratt’s Guide to DVD-Video ― A searchable database featuring the largest collection of DVD-Video reviews available.

Post Magazine ― The Web site for Post Magazine, a trade publication that focuses on all aspects of post-production.

Other Resources

Daily Variety ( and The Hollywood Reporter ( are the two main trade journals of which you should be aware.

Cineaste ( is a leading magazine of serious film criticism. It appears quarterly.

Doug Pratt’s DVD-Laserdisc Newsletter ( is the longest running periodical of DVD reviews and news.