Identified: An item or a group of items whose provenance is ascertained and proved.
Attributed: An item that can be regarded as the work of a specified agent, place, or time. The information represents the judgement (by the authors of the database) as to the author, date, or other originating aspects of the item or group of items.
Unidentified Group: A group of items whose provenance is not ascertained and proved. Although the items in the group (due to their textual and meta-textual characteristics) can be ascribed to a precise movie, the title of the movie is not known yet.
Unidentified Item: An item whom provenance is not ascertained and proved.


In this database it includes:
Original release title – the title used on the first release in the country of origin of the version of the film which is being described.
Other title Information – a word or phrase, or a group of characters appearing in conjunction with, and subordinate to, the title proper of the item. Other title information also occurs in conjunction with and subordinate to: parallel titles, variations of the title proper, episode titles, contents titles, titles of series, or of subseries. Other title information qualifies, explains or completes that title to which it applies, or is indicative of the character, contents, etc. of the item or the works contained in it, or is indicative of the motive for, or the occasion of, the item's production.
Title proper – the chief name of an item, including any alternative title but excluding parallel titles and other title information, normally the original release title.
Alternative title – the second part of a title proper that consists of two parts, each of which is a title; the parts are joined by the word "or" or its equivalent in another language, e.g. Sammy Orpheus, or, The Pied Piper of the Jungle (The alternative title is The Pied Piper of the Jungle).
Parallel title – the title proper in another language and/or script; any title qualifying as an original title but which is not used as the title proper; any title appearing on the item described which is not an original title, and any title by which the work in hand is commonly known to users and researchers.


Production date – the year in which the production of a moving image work was completed; or sometimes the period of time from the beginning of shooting until completion of the work.

Production Company

The name of the company under whose financial, technical, and organizational management a moving image work is made. In a broad sense, the production company is responsible for the overall creation of the work.


Country of origin – the country or countries where the principal offices of the production company (or companies) of a moving image work are located.


The person who has overall responsibility for interpreting meaning and expression during the production of a moving image work. The extent of the director's involvement can depend upon the individual, the production company, or practices within the country concerned.

Film Base

The material – e.g., nitrate, acetate or diacetate – which supports the photographic emulsion. In all cases where the film base was not nitrate, the term 'safety' has been used.


The width of motion picture film in millimetres


One or more members of the cast appearing in the item


The technique adopted for colouring a film:
Tinted: Film tinting was a process in which either the emulsion or the film base was dyed, giving the image a uniform monochrome look. This process was popular during the 1910s and 20s, with specific colours employed for certain narrative effects (red for scenes with fire or firelight, blue for night, etc.).
Toned: In the process of toning the silver halide particles in the film are replaced with metallic salts or mordanted dyes. The effect is that colour replaces the dark parts of the image (e.g., blue and white rather than black and white). Tinting and toning were sometimes applied together.
Stencil: This method employed a series of glass stencils, cut by pantograph to correspond to areas in the images which are to be tinted in any one of six standard colours by a colouring machine with dye-soaked, velvet rollers. After a stencil had been made for the whole film, it was placed into contact with the print which ran through the colouring (staining) machine at high speed (60 feet per minute). The process was repeated for each set of stencils corresponding to a different colour.
Hand-Painted: The film was coloured manually, frame by frame, using anilines.
B/W: Black and White
B/W Negative: Black and White inverted tones
Colour: Colour film (almost always a tripack technique)
B/W Agfacolor
Agfacolor: Single-strip, three-layer film