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  1. On videographic film and moving image studies
    1. Books, book chapters and offline journals
    2. Online studies: collections
    3. Online studies: individual items
    4. Videographic film and moving image studies websites
    5. Other journals and websites with related content
  2. On the found footage film, compilation film, essay film, supercut and audiovisual criticism traditions
  3. Practicalities

1. On videographic film and moving image studies

A. Books, book chapters and offline journals

  • Bellour, Raymond. (1975/) 2000. "The Unattainable Text." Analysis of Film. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press: pp. 21-27.

  • Bellour, Raymond. (1990/) 2012. Between-the-Images. Zurich: JRP/Ringier and Les Presses du Réel.

  • Keathley, Christian. 2011. “La caméra-stylo: Notes on Video Criticism and Cinephilia.” In The Language and Style of Film Criticism, ed. Alex Clayton and Andrew Klevan. London: Routledge.

  • Mulvey, Laura. 2006. Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image. London: Reaktion.

  • Mulvey, Laura. 2014. "Cinematic gesture: the ghost in the machine." Journal for Cultural Research, forthcoming

  • Wahl, Chris. 2011. “Sortation: On an User-Based Approach to Digital Meta-Archives.” In L'archivio/The archive. Atti del XVIII Convegno internazionale di studi sul cinema. Udine, 5-7 aprile 2011. ed Bordina, Alessandro; Campanini, Sonia; Mariani, Andrea. Udine: Forum: pp. 191-195

B. Online studies: collections

C. Online studies: individual items

D. Videographic film and moving image studies websites

E. Other journals and websites with related content

2. On the found footage film, compilation film, essay film, supercut and audiovisual criticism traditions

  • Alter, Nora. 2007. "Translating the Essay into Film and Installation." Journal of Visual Culture, 6:1: pp. 44-57.
  • Arthur, Paul. 1999. "The Status of Found Footage." Spectator 20 (1): 57–69.
  • Balsom,  Erica. 2013. Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Online at:
  • Baron, Jaimie. 2014. The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History. London: Routledge.
  • Basilico, Stefano. 2004. “The Editor.” In Cut: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, edited by Stefano Basilico, 29-45. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Bate, Jonathan and Pigott, Michael. 2013. Joseph Cornell Versus Cinema. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Biemann, Ursula (ed.). 2003. Stuff It: The Video Essay in the Digital Age. Zurich: Edition: Voldemeer.
  • Blümlinger, Christa and Wulff, Constantin (eds). 1993. Schreiben Bilder Sprechen: Texte zum essayistischen Film. Wien: Sonderzahl.
  • Blümlinger, Christa. 2009. Kino aus zweiter Hand. Zur Ästhetik materieller Aneignung im Film und in der Medienkunst. Vorwerk 8, Berlin, 2009; translated into French by Pierre Rusch and Christophe Jouanlanne, as Cinéma de seconde main. Esthétique du remploi dans l'art du film et des nouveaux médias. Klincksieck, Paris, 2013.
  • Brenez, Nicole. 2010. "Recycling, Visual Study, Expanded Theory: Ken Jacobs, Theorist, or the Long Song of the Sons," in Michele Pierson, David E. James, and Paul Arthur (eds.), Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs. New York: Oxford University Press: pp. 158-174.
  • Cagle, Chris. 2014. "Jaimie Baron interview." Category D: A Film and Media Studies Blog, March 11. Online at:
  • Corless, Kieron. 2013. "Thought in Action: The Art of the Essay Film." BFI Southbank Programme Booklet, August.
  • Corrigan, Timothy. 2011. "Expression, the Essayistic, and Thinking in Images.' Vectors, 4, 2005. Online at:
  • Corrigan, Timothy. 2011. The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cousins, Mark. 2013. "The Essay Film - A Manifesto by Mark Cousins". Online at:
  • Elsaesser, Thomas. 2009. “Ingmar Bergman in the museum? Thresholds, limits, conditions of possibility.” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Vol. 1. Online at:
  • Herbert, Daniel. 2006. "To Mock a Killingbird: Martin Arnold's Passage à l'Acte and the Dissymmetries of Cultural Exchange." MFJ No. 45/46 (Fall) Hybrids. Online at:
  • Kiss, Miklós. 2013. "Creativity Beyond Originality: György Pálfi’s Final Cut as Narrative Supercut." Senses of Cinema, 67, July. Online at:
  • Lebow, Alisa. 2012. "Introduction." in Alisa Lebow (ed.), The Cinema of Me: The Self and Subjectivity in First Person Documentary, London: Wallflower: pp. 1-14.
  • Lee, Kevin B. 2013. "Video Essay: The Essay Film: some thoughts of discontent [Kevin B Lee, USA, 2013, 7min]." Sight & Sound, Febuary 14. Online at:
  • Leyda, Jay. 1964. Films Beget Films. London: Allen and Unwin.
  • Lopate, Philip. 1992. "In Search of the Centaur: The Essay-Film." The Threepenny Review, No. 48 (Winter): pp. 19-22.
  • Montero, David. 2012. "Essayistic Filmmaking as a Non-Fictional Practice: Self-reflexivity and Heteroglossia in Harun Farocki’s Workers Leaving the Factory, José Luis Guerin’s Train of Shadows and Chris Marker’s Sunless," in Thinking Images: The Essay Film as a Dialogic Form in European Cinema, Bern: Peter Lang: pp. 49-68.
  • Mulvey, Laura. 2006. Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image. London: Reaktion.
  • Rascaroli, Laura. 2009. ‘The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments." in The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and The Essay Film (London: Wallflower Press: 21-43.
  • Richter, Hans. 1999. “Der Filmessay. Eine neue Form des Dokumentarfilms [1940].” In Schreiben Bilder Sprechen: Texte zum essayistischen Film. Eds. Christa Blümlinger and Constantin Wulff. Wien: Sonderzahl: pp. 195-198
  • Rosenbaum, Jonathan. 1990-1991. "Criticism on Film." Sight & Sound, 60/1, Winter: pp. 51-54.
  • Russell, Catherine. 2007. “Dialectical Film Criticism: Walter Benjamin’s Historiography, Cultural Critique and the Archive.” Transformations 15. November. Online at:
  • Russell, Catherine . 1999. "Autoethnography: Journeys of the Self," in Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video, Durham: Duke University Press,: pp. 275-314.
  • Scherer, Christina. 2001. Ivens, Marker, Godard, Jarman — Erinnerung im Essayfilm. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
  • Shambu, Girish. 2006. "Martin Arnold." Girish, May 15. Online (with comments) at:
  • Sjöberg, Patrik. 2001. The World in Pieces: A Study of Compilation Film. Stockholm: Aura Forlag.
  • Summers, Francis. 2010. "(Re)Counting Love: Martin Arnold’s Pièce Touchée." Paper at Transmission: Hospitality
    Conference, July 1-2. Sheffield Hallam University. Online at:
  • Tracey, Andrew. 2013. "The Essay Film." Sight and Sound, 23.8: pp. 44-48.
  • Wees, William.1993. Recycled Images: The Art and Politics of Found Footage Films. New York: Anthology Film Archives.
  • Witt, Michael. 2013. Jean-Luc Godard: Cinema Historian, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
  • Witt, Michael. 2014. 'Archaeology of Histoire(s) du cinéma', in Jean-Luc Godard, Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television, ed. and trans. Timothy Barnard. Montreal: Caboose (forthcoming April 2014). Online at:

3. Practicalities


Resources originally compiled by Catherine Grant, March 2014. Last updated by CG, March 19, 2014.

Thanks to Chiara Grizzaffi and Michael Witt for their additions.

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