A Decade Under the Influence:  U.S. Film of the 1970s

Spring 2014

Listed in: , as FAMS-353  |  English, as ENGL-373; Amelie E. Hastie (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Web Resources
  • Journals


Originally compiled for FAMS-353, this guide lists databases, journals, and web sites where you can find film reviews, scholarly articles, and general information on films of the 1970s. Pay close attention to the dates that the resources cover, and use date limits where appropriate in your searches. last updated: January 2018


You can search the library catalog for other sources of film reviews by using these subject headings:

  • Motion pictures--Reviews
  • Motion pictures--Reviews--Indexes
  • Motion pictures--Reviews--Periodicals

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

AFI Catalog
Production and cast information plus extensive plot summaries for American films from 1893-1974, with records for selected major films from 1975-2011.

Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database (1972 to present)
Index of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.

Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
Bibliographic and full-text database of film and television articles from scholarly and popular publications. Includes images from the MPTV Image Archive of entertainment photography.

Film Index International
Provides indexing for thousands of films from the silent era to the latest blockbusters, with searchable plot summaries and full cast and crew lists.

Film Literature Index (1976-2001)
Index of scholarly and popular journals in film and television from over 30 countries.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

Readers Guide Retrospective (1890-1984)
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States during the 20th century.


Index to Critical Film Reviews in British and American Film Periodicals  AC Reference PN1995 .B64 1974

A Guide to Critical Film Reviews AC Reference PN1707 .S34 1973

Multi Media Reviews Index (1970-1972) and Media Review Digest (1973-1976)  LB1043.Z9 M4
An annual index to reviews, evaluations and description of non-print media appearing in a variety of periodicals and review sources.

Variety Film Reviews  AC Reference  xPN1995 .V34 1983

Primary Sources

Bloom Alternative Press Collection, Amherst Archives & Special Collections

Check the finding aid for titles found in Alternative Press Index. Material must be requested in advance of use.


Check for online access in Journals tab on Frost Library home page.

Camera Obscura [electronic]

Cinéaste [electronic]

Film (1967-1972) [print]  PN1993.3 .F38

Film Culture, [electronic, 1992-1996]; no. 52-70 [microfilm] PN1993 .F44 Microfilm

Filmfacts (1958-1973)   PN1995 .F48

Film Quarterly [electronic]

Jump Cut [electronic]

The New Republic [electronic]

The Nation [electronic]

Sight and Sound [electronic]


 Access from other campuses:
Screen [electronic]: HC, MHC, SC, UM
The Village Voice [electronic]: HC, SC, UM
Women & Film [print]: SC Neilson Periodicals/2/PN1993 .W6