Simple Search

The quickest method to find a film record or document on CineFiles is to use the simple search (on the home page, and on the sidebar on all subsequent pages). You can search by film title, director, subject or genre from the simple search. For more search parameters, please see either our Advanced Film Search or Advanced Document Search.


If you are having problems with your simple search:


Advanced Search

There are two ways to look for documents using Advanced Search tools on CineFiles. The first helps you look up film title(s), and brings up all the documents related to that film; the second helps you search directly for the document itself.


Advanced Film Search: Use this form to look for film record(s) based on additional information than is supported by the simple search. In addition to searching by title, director, subject and genre, you can also search by country, language, production company and year of production.


Advanced Document Search: Use this form to look for documents by title, author, date or publication; documents about specific films, people, or subjects; documents containing technical credits, production costs, or other categories of information pertaining to a film; or any combination of these.


Please see below for a description of all search terms.



Note on Subject and Genre terms

The subject terms used in this database are in accordance with the Library of Congress Authorities, and the genre are taken from the Library of Congress publication Moving Image Materials: Genre Terms.


Using a "contains" search type to look for subjects will generally return better results, because otherwise the search term you enter must exactly match the Library of Congress heading. Please refer to our subject browse list or genre browse list to find the appropriate phrasing for your search term.



General notes on searching the database

The database is case insensitive: you may type words or names in upper or lower case, and searching will not be affected.


You may enter information in just one field or in multiple fields in the Advanced Search windows; multiple entries will be searched as AND queries. For example, in the Advanced Film Search form, entering "Czechoslovakia" in the Country field and "comedies" in the Genre field would retrieve a list of Czech comedies.



How to broaden your search results


How to limit your search results


Description of search terms


Advanced Film Search

Film Title: Title the film was released under; if it is a foreign film, both the foreign language and the English title should yield results. E.g., Wo hu cang long or Crouching tiger, hidden dragon.


Director: Name of the film's director; if the film has multiple directors, any of those names should yield a result. E.g., Robert Altman or Altman, Robert or Altman.


Country of Production: Name of country that produced the film; if there are multiple countries, any of them should yield a result. E.g., Great Britain or Japan.


Film Genre: Genre terms are assigned to films based on the Library of Congress publication Moving Image Materials: Genre Terms. Please refer to the genre browse list to find the appropriate phrasing for your search term. E.g., Thriller or Comedy or Docmentary.


Subject of Film: Subject terms are in accordance with the Library of Congress Authorities. Please refer to the subject browse list to find the appropriate phrasing for your search term. E.g., U.S. History, or World War.


Language: Primary language of the film; if a film was made in multiple languages, any of them should yield a result. E.g., Spanish or Hindi.


Production Company: Name of the production company that produced the film; if there are multiple production companies, any of them should yield a result. E.g., Warner Brothers or Cinecitta.


Year(s): The calendar year that the film was released. If a single year does not yield any results, try a range of years. E.g., 1995 or 1995-1999.


Advanced Document Search

Film Title: Same as above.


Subject of Document: Use either a subject term or a name in this field. The query will return all documents which discuss that subject or person, and also documents relating to all films about that subject or person. Subject terms are in accordance with the Library of Congress Authorities Library of Congress Authorities. E.g., Motion pictures - Production and direction or Orson Welles.


Document Title: Title the document was published under; foreign language titles need to be queried in the original language. E.g., Chaplin in the limelight or Entretien avec Varda sur Sans toit ni loi.


Document Author: Name of the document author; if the document has multiple authors, any of those names should yield a result. E.g., Pauline Kael or Kael, Pauline.


Document Source: Name of the publication the document was publishe in, or the name of the event or institution where the document was created. E.g., Los Angeles Times or Toronto International Film Festival or Harvard Film Archive.


Publication Date: Date that the document appeared in print, or date that the document was created. E.g., 1995, or 1995 Jun 18.


Language: Primary language of the document; if a document has multiple languages, any of them should yield a result. E.g., French or German.



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