‘Tis the season for curling up with a movie on a Friday night. To broaden your cinematic horizons, Professor Inez Hedges has put together this collection of her top film resources: artistic, historical and fun film facts that span the decades and the globe.
For the Young Filmmaker
A great resource for Boston-area undergrads planning a career in the arts and entertainment industry. Founded by cinema studies major Kelly Soule, AMD’11, the Boston Student Arts Network hosts workshops and events to help student filmmakers build skills, find talent and share experiences with others in the field.
For the Cinema History Buff
The award-winning Filmsite, owned by American Movie Classics, is the be-all and end-all site for film lists — from greatest films to biggest box-office hits (and bombs), to most popular movie quotes, to legendary actors and directors. You’ll find film-history milestones and facts dating back a century, reviews and even tips on how to watch a movie critically.
For the Film and Media Critic
Visit JumpCut — which originated as a print publication — if you’re interested in the critique of international contemporary media. The online journal of mass media and film critiques has a following of students, academics, media professionals and political activists from around the world.
For the Everyday Movie Fan
The comprehensive Internet Movie Database — including film reviews, complete cast and crew lists, local movie times and best-of lists — is an essential resource for anyone in search of a good movie. You can even download a mobile app.
For the Film Lover Visiting Berlin
Officially established in 1963, the Deutsche Kinemathek holds a renowned archive of some 13,000 German and foreign movies, with an emphasis on avant-garde, experimental and documentary films. The museum also houses more than a million film stills, portraits and production photos, as well as thousands of scripts, posters, film programs, movie tickets and other artifacts dating back to the early years of cinema.
Inez Hedges is a professor of languages, literature and cultures, and she founded and directs the cinema studies program. Her current research focuses on cinematic, literary and artistic representations of the deportation of more than 76,000 Jewish people in German-occupied France from 1940¬ to 1944. Her latest book is “Framing Faust: 20th-Century Cultural Struggles.”