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French Film: Free Web Sites

This is a guide to finding French films available in the M.S.U. Libraries.

Free Web Sites

Box Office Mojo

Box Office Mojo is the leading online box-office reporting service. Box Office Mojo is owned and operated by IMDb Internet Movie Database.

Directory of World Cinema

This is a database of peer-reviewed critical articles written by scholars and students of international films.  There is a print counterpart for France, see first section.

European Film Gateway

The EFG Portal gives you quick access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques: photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials. Targeted at scientific researchers and the interested public alike, the EFG offers a look at and behind the scenes of filmmaking in Europe from the early days until today.

Does not contain links to the films themselves, but, in the sense that visuals about the films are primary sources, this resource does offer visual primary sources.

Europeana Migration


A sub-collection of Europeana, a website described above in this list.  Offers photographs, artworks, documents, sounds, videos and more on the topic of migration to, from and within Europe, gathered from museums, galleries, libraries, audio-visual archives and archives across Europe, in English or other European languages.  Funded by the European Commission and its member states. Co-funded by the European Union.


French Culture

This site aims to provide Americans with resources on all aspects of French culture: literature, performing arts, film, television, higher education, grant programs, and French language.  Find out when/where French culture events happen, such as art exhibits, film showings, book signings, music festivals/performances.  Sections:  Books, film, TV and new media, visual and performing arts.  Interviews and video clips and links to French TV channels may be streamed online free of charge, even in the U.S.

IMDb Internet Movie Database

Directory type information, summary of the film content, user contributed reviews. 

Moving Image Archive

This is a subsection of the broader Internet Archive hosting materials freely available in the public domain.  All subjects.  2.5 million plus items.  Includes a library of short, silent, and feature films; the Democracy Now! independent news programs; and the Prelinger Archives, a vast assortment of ephemeral recordings assembled and deposited by filmmaker-archivist Rick Prelinger.  Browsing is the most effective means of exploring this site.  Simple keyword searching is possible.  Metadata quality varies.


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