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Film Analysis Web Site 2.0


Welcome to the Yale Film Analysis Web Site.

The Film Analysis Guide was developed to meet the needs of faculty and students at Yale who are interested in becoming familiar with the vocabulary of film studies and the techniques of cinema. The user can either read the complete document or search out a particular topic of interest. — Related links within the Guide are provided as appropriate, as are links to film clips illustrating the topic or term in question.


The Guide is broken into six parts corresponding to the major divisions within cinema technique and film studies. These major divisions are further broken down into sections, subsections and definitions for terms. The final Part (Analysis) offers basic examples of how to analyze two film sequences.


If you see a drop down menu in the left frame, but no table of contents, click on the button below. (This problem occasionally arises with some older browsers that are unable to understand the particular JavaScript instructions used to create the table of contents.)

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There are multiple ways to navigate the Film Analysis Guide, depending on the type of browser being used and the visitor’s needs. For those who wish to read the Guide straight through without skipping around, the complete site can be navigated using the forward and backward arrows visible at the top and bottom of each page.

Most users are likely to prefer to browse the site using the navigational tools offered in the left frame. The content for each of the major divisions (e.g., cinematography) is clustered in a single web page. In addition, particular topics within the major divisions can be accessed by expanding the table of contents and clicking on the relevant link or by using the alphabetized index and search function. If you are unfamiliar with navigating this sort of site, more detailed instructions can be found in the menu item labeled About this Guide.

You can view the complete list of film clips used in the Guide by choosing the Film Clips option on the drop down menu to the left.


When the film icon appears next to an image, that means that a film clip can be viewed that illustrates the relevant topic or term. Click on the icon to start the clip. In order to view the clips, you must have the Windows Media Player and browser plug-in installed on your computer. If you do not, they can be downloaded for free at

Cross-links within the Guide are offered to direct the user to related concepts or to provide a more detailed discussion of a particular topic.


Yale University’s Film Study Center houses a large collection of films on a variety of formats. Click on Film Study Center or use the drop down menu on the left frame from anywhere within this site to learn more.

Yale University Libraries host a research guide on film studies which will help you to find film related articles and publications. The URL is

Click here, or on the drop down menu to check our weekly list of On-Campus Film Screenings.


Send comments, corrections and suggestions about this site to Mariano Prunes.


Mariano Prunes, Michael Raine, Mary Litch

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Last Modified: August 27, 2002
Certifying Authority: Film Studies Program
Copyright �� 2002 Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520


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