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American Film 66 editions

Cover of: American Film by American Film Institute.
About the Book

"American Film" is a magazine published by The American Film Institute from 1975-1992. 10 issues were published yearly (January and August were skipped), with 166 issues in total. Originally subtitled "The Journal of the Film and Television Arts" the highbrow magazine initially focused on film classics but the focus soon shifted to contemporary movies. Countless people associated with the film industry contributed articles and columns, including Francois Truffaut, Ernest Lehman, Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, Roger Greenspun, Larry McMurty, and others.

In addition to the information about movies and television, the journal offers an insightful view on the home video industry, chronicling the introductions of VHS, Beta, Videodisc and laserdisc and continuing through the VHS boom in the early '90s when the magazine folded. In October 1979, they introduced "The Video Scene," a multi-column section centered on home video, punctuated with ads and printed on a different paper stock. Ads for videotapes began to surface quickly during the run of the magazine and then exploded, with the first major ad being for The Video Club of America's release of "The Sound of Music" in the May 1979 issue.

AFI struggled in the publishing market so the magazine went through a vast array of changes over the years. Early issues were black-and-white, ad-free, with a 16-page card-stock centerfold for their "Dialogue on Film" column, which featured transcripts of Q&A discussions with film legends. Beginning with the April 1978 issue, the publishers switched to a cheaper paper stock. By 1978, they began to become overrun with advertisements and in December, they added color spreads, predominantly for noteworthy new films. By the 1980s they were publishing full-color issues, and in 1989 the entire format was changed to glossy, oversized magazines.

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66 editions First published in 1975

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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 6
April 1982, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VII, Number 6
Magazine in English
Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 5
March 1982, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VII, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 4
January 1982, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VII, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 3
December 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VII, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 2
November 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VII, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 1
October 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VII, Number 1
Magazine in English
Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 10
September 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 10
Magazine in English
Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 9
July 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 9
Magazine in English
Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 8
June 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 8
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 7
May 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 7
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 6
April 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 6
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 5
March 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 4
January 1981, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 3
December 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 2
November 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 1
October 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume VI, Number 1
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 10
September 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 10
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 9
July 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 9
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 8
June 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 8
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 7
May 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 7
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 6
April 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 6
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 5
March 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 4
January 1980, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 3
December 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 2
November 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 1
October 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume V, Number 1
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 10
September 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 10
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 9
July 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 9
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 8
June 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 8
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 7
May 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 7
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 6
April 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 6
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 5
March 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 4
February 1979, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 3
December 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 2
November 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 1
October 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume IV, Number 1
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 10
September 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 10
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 9
July 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 9
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 8
June 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 8
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 7
May 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 7
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 6
April 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 6
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 4
February 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 5
March 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 4
February 1978, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 3
December 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 2
November 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume III, Number 1
October 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume III, Number 1
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 10
September 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 10
Magazine in English
Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 9
July 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 9
Magazine in English
Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 8
June 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 8
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 7
May 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 7
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 6
April 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 6
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 5
March 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 4
February 1977, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 4
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 3
December 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 2
November 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 1
October 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume II, Number 1
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 10
September 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 10
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 9
July 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 9
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 8
June 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 8
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 7
May 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 7
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 6
April 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 6
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 5
March 1976, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 5
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 3
December 1975, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 3
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 2
November 1975, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 2
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 1
October 1975, American Film Institute
American Film, Volume 1, Number 1
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