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FILM 329: Primary Document Assignment

Researching historical film news

Assignment Information

Types of Primary Documents You Are Required to Consult

You will be tracking down five different categories of primary documents for this assignment. For each type, you will find either a publication that was published on the date you’ve chosen or a publication that covers the date you’ve chosen (i.e., a magazine covering the month that includes your date). Let me know if you are unclear about where a source might fall within these categories.

Date Due – Monday, October 7 (upload document to folder in D2L by 2:00 p.m.)

Assignment Length – 4-5 pages (typed and double-spaced)

Historical Month/Year (choose one day from this time range)

1988-1995

1. National Newspaper

What You Should Look For – A review of a recent film; an article about a film, figure within film, or larger film trend; or a page of advertisements for current and/or future releases.

Possible keywords to help: films, motion pictures, cinema, reviews.

Historical NYT time range: 1851-present. Look for the publication date controls.

2. Regional newspaper

What You Should Look For – A review of a recent film; an article about a film, figure within film, or larger film trend; or a page of advertisements for current and/or future releases.

3. Mankato Free Press (or its earlier iterations)

What You Should Look For – A review of a recent film; an article about a film, figure within film, or larger film trend; or a page of advertisements for current and/or future releases.

4. Variety

What You Should Look For – A review of a recent film or an article about a film, figure within film, or larger film trend.

5. Film Magazine

What You Should Look For – A review of a recent film or an article about a film, figure within film, or larger film trend.

Within JSTOR, you can find magazines including Cinéaste (1967-2006) and Film Comment (1962-2014).

 

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