Wikipedia:Naming conventions (films)

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Conventions: Each word in a film title takes an initial capital, except for articles ("a", "an", "the"), the word "to" as part of an infinitive, prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions shorter than five letters (e.g., "on", "from", "and", "with", "about"), unless they begin or end a title or subtitle. For example: Angels and Virgins, End of the Spear, Failure to Launch, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (capitalization). Film titles, like the titles of books and other works of art, are always italicized.



From other topics

If a film does not share its title with any other topic on Wikipedia, title the article after the film's title. If a film shares its title with one or more non-film topics on Wikipedia, compare all topics and determine which one is the primary topic. (See below for films with the same title.) If the film is the primary topic, name its article after the film's title without any means of disambiguation. If the film is not the primary topic, name its article after the film's title with "(film)" added at the end. For example, "An American in Paris" refers to both the Gershwin musical piece and the musical film. The musical piece is the primary topic, so it is titled An American in Paris, whereas the film is disambiguated by the primary topic by being titled An American in Paris (film). Ensure that readers can access a film with a disambiguated article title by using hatnotes or disambiguation pages. Another example follows:

  • Dune is a geological term for sand formations and the primary topic.
  • Dune (novel) is a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert and disambiguated from the primary topic.
  • Dune (film) is a 1984 film based on the novel and disambiguated from the primary topic.

Between films of the same name

When disambiguating films of the same name, add the year of its first public release (this excludes film festival screenings). Where a film does not screen outside of film festivals, use the year of its first festival screening. For examples of disambiguating, see Titanic (1943 film), Titanic (1953 film), and Titanic (1997 film).

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