Library Course Assessment for
FPA 135

May 31, 2004

Films | Other | Serials | Bibliographic Tools | Total Cost

This is the Library's assessment for FPA 135 Introduction to Cinema. It will be an elective course that will first be offered at the Surrey campus with an expected enrollment of 50-100 students in 2005-01 (as FPA 289 Selected Topics), and annually thereafter. If Contemporary Arts is successful in obtaining a new CFL position in film studies, the course would also be offered in Burnaby with an expected enrollment of 200 and at Harbour Centre with an expected enrollment of 100.


A core Library requirement to support this course is the collection of films that will be screened during classes. As these will be booked ahead of time for screenings, and can then be placed on reserve at any campus for the duration of the course, the library (branch) location of the films is not an issue, as long as the required titles are somewhere in the SFU Library collection and the university has Public Performance Rights (PPR) to permit showing the films in a classroom setting.

The sample course outline provided included a list of 77 films. Of these, 24 are already held at SFU with PPR.

The following titles should be acquired for the collection. Prices either include PPR, or films are covered by the university's blanket PPR licenses with Criterion and Audio-Cine.

Do the right thing $58
Last laugh $30
She wore a yellow ribbon $22
French connection $32
Nashville $40
An American in Paris $23
Moulin rouge $14
Running on empty $11
Marathon man $14
Panther Panchali $38
Piano $15
Speaking parts $33
J'ai faim! J'ai froid! $27
Lost in translation $18
Quiz show $11
Pulp fiction $30
Sweet hereafter $31
Spider $25
Monsoon wedding $11
Written on the wind $46
Fargo $27
Best in show $22
M. Hulot's holiday $47
Wayne's world $15
Bringing up baby $20
Fish called Wanda $13
That obscure object of desire $53
Blue velvet $23
Usual suspects $21
Dying at grace $495

One-time cost: $1265

This does not include the 23 remaining films which are either out of print, or for which the university does not have PPR. The Library will work with the instructor to borrow or rent copies where available, and to obtain transactional licenses to show the ones for which we do not have PPR. Any transactional license fees will need to be covered from the course budget.

Other Library Holdings

Other support materials, including monographs, reference sources, serials and bibliographic tools, are location-dependent. A core collection of material must be accessible at each campus where the course will be offered. Costs are therefore broken down by campus location in this assessment.

Burnaby campus

The Library is actively collecting in this area for the Burnaby campus. All but two of the 24 books listed on the course outline are held at the Burnaby libray, in addition to a core collection of reference sources on film and the Film Periodicals Index in print. Holdings under the relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings indicate a healthy collection of material for use by students in this course. There are no additional library costs associated with offering this course on the Burnaby campus (other than the film costs listed above).

Surrey campus

The Surrey campus lacks a print collection to support this course. Only one of the 24 books on the course reading list is in the Surrey collection, and other holdings on relevant subject headings are sparse to non-existent. The books on the course reading list are in very high demand on the Burnaby campus already, as indicated by high circulation figures and the fact that over half of them were on loan at the time of this assessment. Therefore, moving copies to other campuses is not a viable option. The following titles from the course reading list should be acquired for the Surrey collection.

Acting in the Cinema. James Naremore. University of California Press, 1988. 0-520-06228-0. $80

Avant-Garde Film: Motion Studies. Scott MacDonald. Cambridge University Press, 1993. 0-521-38821-X. OOP $20

The Cinematic Text: Methods and Approaches. Barton Palmer, ed. A M S Press, 1988. 0-404-63203-3. $73

The Complete Film Dictionary. Ira Konigsberg. Penguin Books, 1981. 0-453-00564-0. $35

Film form. Harcourt Trade, 1969. 0156309203. $22

Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and the Studio System. T.Schatz. McGraw-Hill, 1981.
0-07-553623-4. $56

Narration in the Fiction Film. David Bordwell. University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. 0-299-10174-6. $33

On Directing Film. David Mamet. Penguin Books, 1992. 0-14-012722-4. $21

The Screenplay: A Blend of Film Form and Content. Margaret Mehring. Elsevier Science, 1990. 0-240-80007-9. $44

Visionary film : the American avant-garde, 1943-2000 / P. Adams Sitney. Oxford U Pr, N Y. 0195148851. 3rd ed., 2002. $86

Women and Film: Both Sides of the Camera. E Ann Kaplan. Routledge, Chapman & Hall, 1990. 0-415-02764-0.

How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History and Theory. James Monaco. Oxford University Press, 2000. 0-19-513981-X. $64

Introduction to Documentary. Bill Nichols. Indiana University Press, 2001. 0-253-33954-5. $57

Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada. Mike Hoolboom, ed. Coach House Books, 2001.
1-55245-099-6. $28

Film Art: An Introduction. David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson. McGraw-Hill, 2003. 0-07-248455-1. $81

The Elements of Screenwriting. Irwin R Blacker. Longman Publishing, 1996. 0-02-861450-X. $14

The Motion Picture Mega-Industry. Barry R Litman. Allyn & Bacon, 1998. 0-205-20026-5. $65

Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. Stephen Neale, Murray Smith. Routledge, 1998.0-415-17009-5. $105

Film Style and Technology: History and Analysis. Barry Salt. Starword, 1992. 0-9509066-2-X. $46

Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique. Kristin Thompson. Harvard University Press, 1999. 0-674-83974-9. $75

Film Genre 2000: New Critical Essays. Wheeler Winston Dixon, ed.State University of New York Press, 2000. 0-7914-4513-5. $73

In addition, a small collection of film reference sources will need to be establised at the Surrey campus. $400

One-time cost: $1502

In order to keep this collection current, a few new acquisitions each year should be added to the Surrey collection. The Blackwell's subject heading "Cinema Arts" is included in the Surrey Library's forms profile, and selections can be made from these titles. Cost: 10 X $50 = $500/year

Ongoing cost: $500/year

Harbour Centre campus

As above, for Surrey.

One-time cost: $1502

Ongoing cost: $500/year


The following serials, held at SFU Library online by current subscription or as part of aggregated databases, will provide access to journal literature for students in this course.

Cinema journal
Film comment
Film culture
Film quarterly
Films in review

Journal of popular film and television
Jump cut
The Moving image
The Velvet light trap
Wide angle

The following titles are also held in print at the Burnaby campus, and can be used for document delivery to Surrey and Belzberg.

Asian cinema
Canadian journal of film studies
East-West film journal
Film review
Journal of film and video
Millennium film journal

Screen world
Sight and sound

The Library has adequate serial holdings to support this course.

Bibliographic Tools

The following online databases, provided by library license and available at all three campuses, will be useful for students in this course: Art Index, Art Bibliographies Modern, MLA Bibliography, CBCA Fulltext Reference, Academic Search Fulltext Elite, Hummanities and Social Sciences Index, and Project Muse search.

In addition, the Film Periodicals Index is held in print at the Burnaby campus.

Total Costs

One-time: $1265

Surrey campus one-time: $1500
Surrey campus ongoing: $500/year

Harbour Centre one-time: $1500
Harbour Centre ongoing: $500/year

Owned by: Patty Gallilee
Last revised: 2015-07-03