How do I cite a movie or documentary in Chicago Style?

 

 


Answer

  • Chicago requires a full footnote the first time that a work is referenced, and a shortened note for each subsequent reference to the same work.
  • Documentaries are cited based upon their format and mode of access, just as any other film.
  • Specific scenes can be cited in footnotes, but Chicago recommends that scene titles should really only come from the source such as a DVD chapter.  The bibliography should contain citations to the entire film.
  • Examples below include citations for both physical and streaming media.

 

Footnote:

Film with Scene Indicated on DVD

  1. “Scene Title (optional),” Title of Film, directed by First Name Last Name. (Original Release Year; City: Studio/ Distribution Company, Video release year), Medium. 
  1. “The Passing of the Elves,” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson. (2001; Burbank, CA: New Line Cinema/ WingNut Films/New Line Home Entertainment, 2002), DVD.  

Shortened Footnote

  1. Shortened Title of Film, Last Name.
  1. Fellowship of the Ring, Jackson.

Film without Scene Indicated on Streaming Service

  1. “Specific Scene Indicator (optional),” Title of Film, directed by Firstname Lastname. (Original Release Year; City: Studio/ Distribution Company), Name of Streaming Service. 
  1. A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay. (2018; Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Netflix.

Bibliography:

Film on DVD

Director's Last Name, First Name, dir. Title of Film. Original Release Year; City: Studio/Distribution Company, DVD Release Year [if different from original release]. Medium.

Jackson, Peter, dir. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. 2001; Burbank, CA: New Line Cinema/ WingNut Films, New Line Home Entertainment 2002, DVD.  

 

Film on Streaming Service

Director's Last Name, First Name, dir. Title of Film. Original Release Year; City: Studio/Distribution Company. Name of Streaming Service.

 

Duvernay, Ava, dir. A Wrinkle in Time. 2018; Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Netflix.

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