Film history

Film history, the history of film/Histoire du cinéma
A curated directory of film history websites from around the world; books on film history


American Memory Collections Library of Congress, U.S.

American WideScreen Museum
A film technology resource covering wide screen systems, colour history and sound development.

Archives. A list of film archives online.


The Best Film Archives
A YouTube selection of historical films.

Bibliografie des fantastischen films: bibliography of fantastic film.
The ‘Bibliography of Fantastic Film’, a bibliography of the secondary literature on such films.

British cinema history research project.
The British Cinema History Research Project (BCHRP). Includes online searchable transcriptions of interviews from the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) Oral History project.

British Film Institute archives.


La Cinémathèque française

The Cine Tourist
The Cine-Tourist is a website about connections between maps and films, and about local cinema (and sometimes about photographs, and sometimes just about the Nouvelle Vague).

Chronologie des débuts du cinéma

Classic film and television.
The site includes a large number of articles, arranged into the following sections: Film Noir; early thrillers; modern thrillers; pre-1970 Hollywood feature films; the Avant-Garde; Japanese films; Neorealism and television.

Criterion Collection
The homepage of the Criterion collection of classical films on DVD.


European cinema. 100 years of cinema in Europe.
A site, in Italian and English, collecting histories of film production and exhibitions in most European countries.


Film history, film archive web pages from Harvard University.

Film and television history, British Film Institute.
General History of the Moving Image. Pre-Cinema/Early Cinema, Silent Cinema, History of British Cinema, Television History.

Film History by Decade

A history of film by genre type or by non-genre film category. 
See also the extensive year-by-year timeline of influential milestones and turning points in film history, and milestones in visual and special effects.


German-Hollywood Connection
The impact of Austrians, Germans and Swiss on Hollywood.

Gone with the Wind online exhibit
The online exhibition of Gone with the Wind, created by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.


Harvard Film Archive

History in Film
A site designed to support teaching history using popular films.

Histoire du cinéma. Wikipedia

History of film. Wikipedia

History of film technology. Wikipedia

The Toll of the Sea (1922), one t=0f the first films to use the two-colour technicolour process.

Roundhay Garden Scene 1888, the first known motion-picture film.

Institut Lumiere


Legacy Project
The Legacy Project is a gathering place for people interested in the enduring legacies of the many violent traumas of the 20th century. The website includes three searchable archives of artworks, films and writings.

Lumiere, Louis

Lumiere. Louis. Louis Lumiere
Institut Lumière museum of cinema.

Auguste and Louis Lumière
Wikipedia entry.


Masters of Cinema
Bringing pertinent information together in one place for aficionados of World Cinema.

More than one hundred years of film sizes.
The website covers topics such as: the struggle for standardisation and the acceptance of 35mm as the standard film size; early film sizes; safety and uninflammable film; 28mm; glass and semi-gramophone records; other formats; wide screen; collecting movie equipment; and film and literature.


The National Media Museum, Bradford, U.K.
The National Media Museum is situated in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film. They aim to be the best museum in world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media.The Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance. We look after the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections.

100 Greatest Films.

20 best films of all time, chosen by David Gritten. Telegraph


Picture Palaces in America
Some Enchanted Evenings, American Picture Palaces.

Prelinger Archives
The Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Public moving image archives and research centers.
The Library of Congress, providing information about the copyright law to improve access to films by the public.


Screenonline: the definitive guide to Britain’s film and TV history.
Screen Online has been developed by the British Film Institute (BFI) as a guide to the history of film and television in Britain. Screenonline contains hundreds of hours of clips from the BFI National Film and Television Archive together with commentaries, synopses, and supporting materials.


The who’s who of Victorian cinema

Virtual history: film.
A site, in English and German, devoted to the movies and contains images from cigarette cards, film magazines, film programmes and postcards.


Wikipedia entry on the history of cinema.


YouTube Videos
Enter ‘Edison,’ ‘early cinema,’ primitive cinema,’ etc, to view early silent films in video.