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"American Film" is a magazine published by The American Film Institute from 1975-1992. 10 issues were published yearly, 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 - though by the early 1980s they were publishing full-color issues. In 1988, the magazine was sold to BPI Communications, and the following year the entire format was changed to glossy, oversized issues. In 1992, the magazine abruptly ceased publication.

In April 2012, the magazine was revived as a monthly digital e-zine, which ran until October 2014, with a total of 31 issues.

83 editions First published in 1975

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Cover of: American Film, Volume IX, Number 3
American Film, Volume IX, Number 3: December 1983
December 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume IX, Number 2: November 1983
November 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume IX, Number 1: October 1983
October 1983, American Film Institute
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VIII, Number 10
American Film, Volume VIII, Number 10: September 1983
September 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 9: July-August 1983
July 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 8: June 1983
June 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 7: May 1983
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 6: April 1983
April 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 5: March 1983
March 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 4: January-February 1983
January 1983, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 3: December 1982
December 1982, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 2: November 1982
November 1982, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VIII, Number 1: October 1982
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 10
American Film, Volume VII, Number 10: September 1982
September 1982, American Film Institute
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VII, Number 9
American Film, Volume VII, Number 9: July-August 1982
July 1982, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 8: June 1982
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 7: May 1982
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 6: April 1982
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 5: March 1982
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 4: January 1982
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 3: December 1981
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 2: November 1981
November 1981, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VII, Number 1: October 1981
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Cover of: American Film, Volume VI, Number 10
American Film, Volume VI, Number 10: September 1981
September 1981, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 9: July-August 1981
July 1981, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 8: June 1981
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 7: May 1981
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 6: April 1981
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 5: March 1981
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 4: January-February 1981
January 1981, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 3: December 1980
December 1980, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 2: November 1980
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American Film, Volume VI, Number 1: October 1980
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Cover of: American Film, Volume V, Number 10
American Film, Volume V, Number 10: September 1980
September 1980, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume V, Number 9: July-August 1980
July 1980, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume V, Number 8: June 1980
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American Film, Volume V, Number 7: May 1980
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American Film, Volume V, Number 6: April 1980
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American Film, Volume V, Number 5: March 1980
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American Film, Volume V, Number 4: January-February 1980
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American Film, Volume V, Number 3: December 1979
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American Film, Volume V, Number 2: November 1979
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American Film, Volume V, Number 1: October 1979
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Cover of: American Film, Volume IV, Number 10
American Film, Volume IV, Number 10: September 1979
September 1979, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 9: July-August 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 8: June 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 7: May 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 6: April 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 5: March 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 4: February 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 3: December 1978-January 1979
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 2: November 1978
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American Film, Volume IV, Number 1: October 1978
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American Film, Volume III, Number 10: September 1978
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American Film, Volume III, Number 9: July-August 1978
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American Film, Volume III, Number 7: May 1978
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American Film, Volume III, Number 3: December 1977-January 1978
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American Film, Volume III, Number 2: November 1977
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American Film, Volume III, Number 1: October 1977
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Cover of: American Film, Volume II, Number 10
American Film, Volume II, Number 10: September 1977
September 1977, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume II, Number 9: July-August 1977
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American Film, Volume II, Number 8: June 1977
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American Film, Volume II, Number 7: May 1977
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American Film, Volume II, Number 6: April 1977
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American Film, Volume II, Number 5: March 1977
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American Film, Volume II, Number 4: February 1977
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Cover of: American Film, Volume 1, Number 4
American Film, Volume 1, Number 4: February 1976
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American Film, Volume II, Number 3: December 1976-January 1977
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American Film, Volume II, Number 2: November 1976
November 1976, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume II, Number 1: October 1976
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 10: September 1976
September 1976, American Film Institute
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 9: July-August 1976
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 8: June 1976
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 7: May 1976
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 6: April 1976
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 5: March 1976
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American Film, Volume 1, Number 3: December 1975
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