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FILM 190 - Hitchcock/Hitchcockian - Fall 2018

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Film-related LC (Library of Congress) Subject Headings

In the library catalog, books, videos and other materials are assigned Library of Congress (LC) subject headings based on their content. Here is a sample list of film-related subject headings, some of which pertain equally to books and videos (visual materials). When you view catalog records in discoverE, these subject headings display as active links pointing to other items with the same subject.

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Sample Subject Headings

African Americans in motion pictures (for works discussing how African Americans are portrayed in films)

African Americans in the motion picture industry (for works discussing African-American involvement in films)

Baseball films (both books and films on the subject)


Documentary films (both books and films on the subject)

Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980 (For all works about Alfred Hitchcock).

Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980 -- Criticism and interpretation

Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980 -- Interviews

Motion picture acting

Motion pictures. Broad heading about films in general.

Motion picture -- Actors and actresses

Use as a subject instead of Stardom. Related subject headings include Fame Social Aspects and Celebrities in Mass Media.

Motion picture industry -- United States

Motion picture producers and directors

Motion pictures and literature

Motion pictures -- Catalogs

Motion pictures -- Censorship

Motion pictures in propaganda

Motion pictures -- Moral and ethical aspects

Motion pictures -- Periodicals

Motion pictures -- Production and direction

Motion pictures -- Reviews

Motion pictures -- Study and teaching

Motion pictures -- United States or Motion Pictures -- Japan

Used for general works on motion pictures shown in that country or produced by that country's film producers.

Motion pictures -- French

Compare results to Motion pictures -- France. Used for general works on motion pictures produced by a country's or area's film companies and shown outside of that country or area.

Psychoanalysis and motion pictures

Stardom - see also: Motion picture actors and actresses; Television actors and actresses; Fame; Fame -- social aspects; Celebrities; Celebrities in mass media

Vertigo (Motion picture : 1958) For books solely about Hitchcock's film.

Violence in motion pictures

Western films

World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war (Includes studies about films depicting World War II.)

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