Compared with other movie websites, CITWF has several advantages in its searching abilities. These enable the researcher to identify a film from limited information.
If you are unsure of the correct title of a film, a search can still be successful. You don’t need to enter the full title. A key word can be enough. Let us use PHANTOM as an example. When you enter this word in the Title window and click Search, you produce a list of 335 possibilities covering 4 pages. This includes all titles where PHANTOM is in the title, not just those with PHANTOM as the first word.
At the head of the four columns, TITLE, YEAR, DIRECTOR, COUNTRY, you will see options of UP and DOWN. This enables you to put the columns in alphabetical order, date order, director alphabetical order and country order. It does so for the whole list not just one page. This useful way to browse is not available on any other site.
If you are unsure of the spelling, use a part of the word. For instance, if you did not know whether the word was spelled PHANTOM or FANTOM, enter ANTOM and click search. This produces 431 results over 5 pages and you have the ability to browse as before.
The same applies to a search in PERSON. If you unsure of the spelling, use a part of the name you are more confident about. For example, if it was John Cassavetes and you enter JOHN CAS, this will produce a list of 26 names that can be put into alphabetical order and browsed.
The Advanced Search gives the ability to build a query across a range of fields. When you click on Advanced Search, you are shown under Search Type a drop down list of fields to choose from. You select one of these and make an entry in the FOR window. ORIGIN and GENRE offer you drop down lists and the rest, the opportunity of entering relative text, except for YEAR where numbers are required.
Make an entry for a relevant field and click ADD. The field and the word you are searching are then shown above the two windows. You can add another word for the same field or a different one. Each further entry filters the data. If you enter LEMMON, click ADD, NOVAK and click ADD and then click SEARCH, you will produce a list of films that included both Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak.
It is best not to be too specific, so surnames only are better that full names. For productions companies it is better to put, for example, Paramount than Paramount Pictures and so forth.
If you want to enter a date, but do not want to be exact, entering, for example, 193 would include in the search, all the films of 1930-1939.
There is no limit to the key words entered, but every time after ADD has been clicked, you may click Search and produce a list that can be browsed. If the list is too long, you can go back and enter another word to filter further.