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Kevin McMahon
Appropriating moving image archives architecturally

My paper for Architectural archives and the practice of history (SAH, Buffalo, April 2013) introduced moving image archives to architectural historians, and suggested ways they could be used for researching buildings, places and architects.

I was asked to make links and a filmography available, & so ...



  • The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) has a links page with selected institutions and resources. Backissues of their journal The Moving Image are available via JStor.
  • The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) offers a Find an affiliate searchable database.They also make available PDFs of their Journal of Film Preservation.
  • The National Film Preservation Board, of the Library of Congress offers links to Public Moving Image Archives and Research Centers.


  • The SCI-Arc Media Archive, which launched September 2012.
  • UCLA’s Film & Television Archive provides a library catalog for its holdings in almost every type of moving image document.
  • The main catalog of the Library of Congress permits searches of their moving image collection, provided Material Type is set as limited to Moving Image or Slide/Transparency.
  • A number of general library catalogs, from WorldCat.org down to the smallest local collections database can yield moving image resources, as long as there is a way to limit searches by video, motion picture, DVD or similar material terms.
  • FIAF’s Treasures from the film archives (via Chadwyck.com) provides brief information on over 47,000 silent-era “features as well as short films, and actualities as well as fictional works,” and identifies copies in the collection of archives around the world.
  • Filmarchives Online provides partial access to FIAF archives in Europe.
  • The Internet Movie Image Database (IMDb) originated in 1990 as a Usenet bulletin board of movie fans pooling their resources as unaccredited information hobbyists, Absorbed by Amazon in 1998, the user-generated info has been largely displaced by PR material contributed by production companies.
  • The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog of Feature Films (via Chadwyck.com) claims to be the “national filmography documenting the history of American cinema.” Cataloguing currently covers the years 1893-1974 comprehensively, with additional records covering selected major films from 1975 onwards.




PLACE FILMOGRAPHIES, mostly about cities, mostly 2000-2013


  • Gutberlet, Marie-Hélène. 2010. "Stadt und Kino in Africa: Fragmente zu einer Geschichte des Urbanen im Kino und des Kinos als urbaner Form". Afropolis: Stadt, Medien, Kunst : Kairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg. 72-81.
  • Pfaff, Françoise. 2004. "African cities as cinematic texts". Focus on African Films. 89-106.


Bauer, Matthias. 2007. Berlin: Medien- und Kulturgeschichte einer Hauptstadt im 20. Jahrhundert. Tübingen: A. Francke


Podalsky, Laura. 2004. Specular city: transforming culture, consumption, and space in Buenos Aires, 1955-1973. Philadelphia: Temple University Press


Shadi, Aly Abou, and Marie-Claude Bénard. 1990. Le Caire et le cinema egyptien des annees 80. Le Caire: Cedej.


Aretz, Christa, and Irene Schoor. 2004. Köln im Film: Filmgeschichte(n) einer Stadt. Köln: Emons


Mazierska, Ewa, and Laura Rascaroli. 2003. From Moscow to Madrid postmodern cities, European cinema. London: I.B. Tauris


Lebas, E. 2007. "Glasgow's Progress: The Films of Glasgow Corporation 1938-1978". Film Studies - Oxford then Manchester. (10): 34-53.


Carrasco Soto, Juan José. 2012. Granada y el cine: su historia. Córdoba: Almuzara.


Mylōnakē, Angelikē. 2012. Apo tis aules sta salonia: eikones tu astiku chōru ston ellēniko dēmophilē kinēmatographo (1950 - 1970). Thessalonikē: University Studio Press.


  • Kaarsholm, Preben, and Mainaka Biśvasa. 2007. City flicks: Indian cinema and the urban experience. London: Seagull Books
  • Qāʼimi, Muntaẓir. 2012. Hindūstānī filmaun̲ men̲ tahz̲īb-i Avadh kī ʻakkāsī. Dihlī: Ejūkeshnal Pablishing Hāʼūs.


Steimatsky, Noa. 2008. Italian locations: reinhabiting the past in postwar cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Roberts, Les. 2012. Film, mobility and urban space: a cinematic geography of Liverpool. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.


  • Brunsdon, Charlotte. 2007. London in cinema: the cinematic city since 1945. London: BFI
  • Cunningham, Gail, and Stephen Barber. 2007. London eyes: reflections in text and image. New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Mitchell, Neil. 2011. World film locations. London. Bristol: Intellect Books.
  • Sorensen, Colin. 1996. London on film: 100 years of filmmaking in London. London: Museum of London


  • Bengtson, John, and Kevin Brownlow. 2000. Silent echoes: discovering early Hollywood through the films of Buster Keaton. Santa Monica [Calif.]: Santa Monica Press
  • Bengtson, John. 2006. Silent traces: discovering early Hollywood through the films of Charlie Chaplin. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press
  • Bengtson, John. 2011. Silent visions: discovering early Hollywood and New York through the films of Harold Lloyd. Solana Beach, Calif: Santa Monica Press
  • Friedberg, Anne. 2002. "Urban mobility and cinematic visuality: the screens of Los Angeles - endless cinema or private telematics". Journal of Visual Culture. 1 (2): 183-204.
  • Shiel, Mark. 2012. Hollywood cinema and the real Los Angeles. London: Reaktion
  • Silver, Alain, and James Ursini. 2005. L.A. noir: the city as character. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press
  • Solomons, Gabriel. 2011. World film locations. Los Angeles. Bristol: Intellect Books.


  • Foster, David William. 2002. Mexico City in contemporary Mexican cinema. Austin: University of Texas Press
  • Lara Chávez, Hugo. 2006. Una Ciudad inventada por el cine. México, D.F.: CONACULTA


  • Rassokhin, O. O. 2009. Moskva v kino: 100 udivitel’nykh mest i faktov iz liuimykh filmov. Moskva: EKSMO
  • Snopkov, P. A., A. F. Shkliaruk, Liubovʹ Arkus, N. N. Alekseev, and Fedor Shkliaruk. 2008. Moskva v kino = Moscow on screen. Moskva: Kontakt-Kulʹtura


Bruno, Giuliana. “Views from Home.” 2002. Atlas of emotion: journeys in art, architecture, and film. London: Verso.


  • Harris, Scott Jordan, and Samira Ahmed. 2012. World film locations: New Orleans. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books.
  • Leonhard, Alan T. 2008. New Orleans goes to the movies: film sites in the French Quarter and beyond. Donaldsonville, LA: Margaret Media


  • Bengtson, John. 2011. Silent visions: discovering early Hollywood and New York through the films of Harold Lloyd. Solana Beach, Calif: Santa Monica Press
  • Grossvogel, David I. 2003. Scenes in the city: film versions of Manhattan before 9/11. New York: Lang.
  • Harris, Scott Jordan. 2011. World film locations. New York. Bristol: Intellect Books.
  • Massood, Paula J. 2013. Making a promised land: Harlem in twentieth-century photography and film. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.
  • Sanders, James. 2001. Celluloid skyline: New York and the movies. New York: A.A. Knopf.
  • Tribeca talks. Milan: Progetto Prada Arte, 2004.


  • Binh, N. T., and Franck Garbarz. 2003. Paris au cinema: la vie revée de la capitale de Méliès á Amélie Poulain. Paris: Parigramme
  • Block, Marcelline, and Adrienne Angelo. 2011. World film locations: Paris. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books.
  • Davray-Piekolek, Renée. 1994. Paris Grand-Écran: splendeurs des salles obscures 1895-1945. Paris: Paris Musées
  • Donk, Jan van der. 1986. Paris vu par le cinema d'avant-garde 1923-1983. Amsterdam: Stichting Nederlands Filmmuseum
  • Jeanne, René, and Charles Ford. 1969. Paris vu par le cinéma. [Paris,]: Hachette
  • Paris vu par Hollywood. 2012. Paris: Editions Flammarion.


Bianchi, Francesca. 2012. Torre superstar: Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli e il campanile nei film di tutto il mondo. Ghezzano (Pisa): Felici.


  • Conde, Maite. 2012. Consuming visions: cinema, writing, and modernity in Rio de Janeiro. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press
  • Freire-Medeiros, Bianca. 2005. O Rio de Janeiro que Hollywood inventou. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar
  • Rodrigues, Antonio. 2008. O Rio no cinema. Rio: Nova Fronteira
  • Sales, Michelle. 2010. Radiografia da metrópole carioca. Rio de Janeiro: Luminária Academia, Editora Multifoco


  • Rhodes, John David. 2007. Stupendous, miserable city: Pasolini's Rome. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
  • Sbardella, Americo. 2000. Roma nel cinema. Roma: Semar
  • Wrigley, Richard. 2008. Cinematic Rome. Leicester: Troubador


Paalman, Floris. 2011. Cinematic Rotterdam: the times and tides of a modern city. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers


  • Cunningham, Douglas A. 2012. The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: place, pilgrimage, and commemoration. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press
  • Kraft, Jeff, and Aaron Leventhal. 2002. Footsteps in the fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press
  • Rich, Nathaniel. 2005. San Francisco noir: the city in film noir from 1940 to the present. New York: The Little Bookroom


Seguin, Jean-Claude. 2004. Shanghai: entre promesse et sortilège. Lyon: Grimh


Panzera, Ninni. 2012. Il cinema sopra Taormina: cento anni di luoghi, storie e personaggi dei film girati a Taormina. Messina: La zattera dell'arte.


Carmichael, Deborah A. 2006. The landscape of Hollywood westerns: ecocriticism in an American film genre. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

  • Barber, Stephen. 2002. Projected cities. London: Reaktion Books.
  • Bollerey, Franziska. 2006. Mythos Metropolis. Berlin: Gebr. Mann.
  • Borden, Iain. 2012. Drive: automobile journeys through film, cities and landscapes. London: Reaktion.
  • Brooker, Peter. 2002. Modernity and metropolis: writing, film, and urban formations. New York: Palgrave.
  • Bruno, Giuliana. “Site-Seeing: The Cine City.” 2002. Atlas of emotion: journeys in art, architecture, and film. London: Verso.
  • Conley, Tom. 2007. Cartographic cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Engelke, Henning, Ralf Michael Fischer, and Regine Prange. 2012. Film als Raumkunst: historische Perspektiven und aktuelle Methoden. Marburg: Schüren.
  • Gurr, Jens Martin, and Wilfried Raussert. 2011. Cityscapes in the Americas and beyond: representations of urban complexity in literature and film. Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingüe.
  • Harper, Graeme, and Jonathan Rayner. 2009. Cinema and landscape: Film, nation and cultural geography. Bristol: Intellect Books.
  • Jacobs, Steven. 2007. The wrong house: the architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers.
  • Lamster, Mark. 2000. Architecture and film. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
  • Lefebvre, Martin. 2006. Landscape and film. New York: Routledge.
  • Pallasmaa, Juhani. 2001. The Architecture of image: existential space in cinema. Helsinki: Rakennustieto.
  • Porter, Laraine, and Bryony Dixon. 2007. Picture perfect: landscape, place and travel in British cinema before 1930. Exeter, UK: Exeter Press
  • Rhodes, John David, and Elena Gorfinkel. 2011. Taking place: location and the moving image. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Shiel, Mark, and Tony Fitzmaurice. 2001. Cinema and the city: film and urban societies in a global context. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Shonfield, Katherine. 2003. Walls have feelings architecture, film and the city. London: Routledge.
  • Tobe, Renée. 2012. Film, architecture and spatial imagination. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Tzanelli, Rodanthi. 2013. Heritage in the digital era: cinematic tourism and the activist cause. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Waldrep, Shelton. 2012. The dissolution of place: architecture, identity, and the body. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Zhang, Yuanchen. 2012. Cinematic Chinatown Raum, Narration und Repräsentation. Marburg: Tectum Verlag.