What is the bibliography format for a movie in Chicago style?

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Jessica Akcinar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The style used for books in Chicago is the same formatting used for movies or film. The only difference is the addition of medium type. Each part of the movie is cited like a chapter in a book. You would use chapter numbers if you are using a DVD or a description if you are using VHS.

  • Author's last name, first name, followed by a period and a space
  • Title of film, in italics, followed by a comma and a space
  • Medium type, followed by a period and a space
  • Directed by followed by director's first name last name, followed by a period and a space
  • Original publication year if this is a reissue, followed by a comma and a space
  • City of publication, followed by a colon and a space
  • Name of studio or production company followed by a comma and a space
  • Year of publication, followed by a period.

example (entire movie): (Don't forget the hanging indents.)
Plan 9 From Outer Space, DVD. Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. 1959, Chatsworth, CA: Image Entertainment, 2000.

example (part of a movie):
"Escape from Atlanta." Gone With the Wind, DVD.  Directed by David O. Selznick. 1939, Burbank, CA: Time Warner, 1999.

cybil eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here is the proper order for citing the elements in the documentation:

(1) Title (2) Director  (3) Place of publication (4) Publisher/Distributor (5) Publication/Distribution date. (6) Format.

Sample:

Dial M for Murder. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2004. DVD.

I've included below a couple of links to websites that offer more information about Chicago Style documentation.