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Acting: Media

A Subject Guide for the School of Acting

Citing Films or Videos

Title of Film or Video. Name of Director, Film Studio or Distributor, and the Release Year.

You may include other data that seems pertinent such as names of the screenwriter, performers, and producer after the name of the director. For films dubbed or subtitled in English, you may give the English title and follow it with the original title, italicized, in square brackets.

The format (film, DVD, VHS, etc.) on which the work was viewed is no longer included.

Example - Film, Video, DVD, VHS, etc.:

It's a Wonderful Life. Directed by Frank Capra, performances by James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell, RKO, 1946.

For audio and video content found online, include descriptive information to help readers understand the type of source you are citing. If the author and the uploader are the same, only cite once. If they are different, place the author’s name before the title.

Example - YouTube, Vimeo, etc:

“Academy of Art University April 2009 Fashion Show.” YouTube, uploaded by Academy of Art University, 29 June 2011,

Selected DVDs for Acting

Marlene Deitrich

Eugene Robert Richee, Marlene Dietrich, 1930. From the AAU LUNA Image Database.

DVD Checkout Policies

The Academy of Art Library has an extensive film collection that is located in the main library.


Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Circulating DVDs:

3 DVDs for 3 days. 1 renewal allowed. 


Course Reserve DVDs must be viewed in the library.


Faculty and Department Directors

Circulating DVDs: 

5 DVDs for 7 days. 1 renewal allowed. 


Course Reserve DVDs may be borrowed to screen in class and must be returned as soon as possible after viewing.

Kanopy Streaming Video

Want to stream online videos, documentaries, and films? Kanopy offers FREE online streaming. There's hundreds of videos you can choose from. Here's a few to get you started:

Note: If you are off-campus and want to access Kanopy, you have to log in with your first and last name, and student ID number. If you have any questions, please email