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German Studies: Films

Library resources for the study of German language, literature, and cultural studies.

Finding Films

Use UW Libraries Advanced Search when looking for films and follow this example -- change "Show Only" option to UW Libraries  and "Material Type" to Audio & Video. Type in search terms -- this can be the title of a film, director, keywords or genre (type of film such as horror films). Search results will include DVD, VHS and streaming. Those with the location "Suzzallo and Allen Libraries Media Storage" can be requested at the main circulation (check-out) desk on the first floor of Suzzallo Library. For more information on locating films at the UW Libraries see the Video & Streaming Video guide.

UW Libraries Search example

Film Genres to Use When Searching

Libraries use official terminology created by the Library of Congress (LC) to categorize films by genre and subject. You may want to use these terms when you are looking for a list of a specific kind of film. Here are some  examples that can be helpful when looking for types of films, films from a specific country, or films in a specific language. The general heading is followed by specific country example. Keep in mind that genre terminology use may be inconsistent. 

motion pictures (followed by language or country)

  • motion pictures german
  • motion pictures switzerland

foreign films (followed by country)

  • foreign films austria

foreign language films (followed by language)

  • foreign language films german
examples other types of genres:
  • documentary films
  • film noir
  • feature films
  • heimatfilme
  • horror films
  • science fiction films
  • silent films
  • television programs
  • war films

Background Information

Find Film Reviews & Criticism

See the Cinema Studies research guide for additional resources dealing with film. Also see the Video & Streaming Video guide and the Media Arcade page for more information on using and viewing films.