The only publication that compares to the *MLA Bibliography* in
film studies may be the *Film Literature Index,* published both quarterly
and in an annual compilation by (as I recall) SUNY-Albany. It is an
exhaustive listing of book and article citations related to film and
television, and very valuable in that its scope is widely international.
I would imagine a college or larger public library in Montgomery would
carry it in its reference section. If not, drive up to Tuscaloosa:
Jeremy probably has it digitized ;-)
A good starting place for mail-order videos is Facets in Chicago;
obtain their master catalogue for $10.00 by calling (800) 331-6197.
They issue frequent updates (in fact, I received one just today). They
have carried, and probably still do, *Salaam Bombay!,* S10343, $79.95.
Facets maintains a good, broad scope of titles, but I find my
requests are often on back-order, which can be inconvenient if one
wishes to use the tapes for courses. There is also a number
of specialty video distributors that can be located by searching the 'net;
for some reason, I have found Yahoo! and Webcrawler to be the most
efficient engines for this.
William Lafferty, PhD
Department of Theatre Arts [log in to unmask]
Wright State University office (937) 775-4581 or 3072
Dayton, OH 45435-0001 USA facsimile (937) 775-3787
The universe was once conceived almost as a vast preserve, landscaped
for heroes, plotted to provide them the appropriate adventures. The rules
were known and respected, the adversaries honorable, the oracles articulate
and precise as the directives of a six-lane parkway. Errors of weakness or
vanity led, with measured momentum, to the tragedy which resolved
everything. Today, the rules are ambiguous, the adversary is concealed in
aliases, the oracles broadcast a babble of contradictions.
--- Maya Deren, from her notes for *At Land*
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