Film Genre Headings

Genre/Form Headings for Visual Materials/Film

 Genre/Form headings in a 655 tag describe what an item is as opposed to regular topical Subject headings that describe what an item is about. LC has established guidelines for the Genre/Form headings for Film (Visual Materials.)

For more information about the Genre/Form headings please see this link from the MARC 21 manuals:


Genre headings file in the LC Subject index in the catalogue.

We will import authority records for 655 tag Genre/Form headings as required and they will file in the LCSUBJECT index in the authority file.

In many cases, such as in the example two below, there will be both a Genre/Form authority record and a Topical Subject authority record in our authority file. If you are cataloguing a book about Andy Hardy films,you would use the 650. Genre/Form record (655) – item is an Andy Hardy film Topical Subject (650) – item is about an Andy Hardy film In the public interface of the catalogue the label that describes the tage is “Subject”.

If you see a 655 heading in copy you are working on, please bring H. Fraser a printout of the record.

Example 1

Link to Catalogue Record

Rec_Type g Bib_Lvl m TypeCtrl Enc_Lvl K

Desc a Entrd 051011 Dat_Tp s Date1 2005

Date2 Ctry cau Time 088 Audience

Accomp GovtPub Type_Mat v Tech l

Lang eng Mod_Rec Source d

Tag Ind. Contents

001 ocm61927946

003 OCoLC

005 20071108140845.0

007 vd*cvaizq


024 1 014381287622

028 42 ID2876HY|bImage Entertainment

035 (OCoLC)61927946

037 |bMidwest Tapes|n

043 e-uk-en

050 4 PN1997.2.F66|b2005

082 04 791.43/72|222

245 04 The football factory|h[videorecording] /|cproducers, Allan Niblo, James Richardson ;

written by Nick Love ; directed by Nick Love.

250 Widescreen.

260 Chatsworth, CA :|bDistributed by Image Entertainment,|c[2005]

300 1 videodisc (88 min.) :|bsd., col. ;|c4 3/4 in.

500 DVD.

506 Home use – inquire for classroom rights.

546 Closed-captioned.

500 Title from container.

511 1 Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan, Roland Manookian, Neil Maskell, Dudley Sutton,

Jamie Foreman.

508 Cinematographer, Damian Bromley ; editor, Stuart Gazzard ; music, Ivor Guest.

500 Originally released as a motion picture in 2004.

500 Based on the novel by John King.

521 Rated R.

520 A study of middle-class England, football violence and male culture. Tommy is a bored twenty-

something who lives for the weekend, watered-down lager, casual sex, and heavily cut drugs. Tommy’s life

ambles along until a violent encounter with a rival starts a war, and a series of nightmares forces him to

question his way of life.

500 Special features: Audio commentary from Nick Love and Danny Dyer; the making of “The football

factory”; TV spots; deleted scenes; original production design concepts; theatrical trailer; “It’s all gone Pete

Tong” trailer.

541 CD Universe. Nov. 2007. 11.55.

655 0 Feature films.

655 0 Films for the hearing impaired.

700 1 Love, Nick,|d1969-

700 1 Dyer, Danny,|d1977-

700 1 Harper, Frank.

700 1 King, John,|d1960-|tFootball factory.

710 2 Image Entertainment (Firm)


Example 2

Authority Record for an that is an Andy Hardy film (Genre)

Leader    *****nz___22*****n__4500

001    sh2007025277

003    DLC

005    20070918114227.0

008    070618 | anannbabn          |n ana      

010 —    |ash2007025277

040 —    |aDLC|beng|cDLC

155 —    |aAndy Hardy films

670 —    |aLCSH, June 18, 2006:|b(hdg.: Andy

Hardy films)

675 —    |aMoving image genre/form guide

online, July 30,  2007.

Authority Record for an item about Andy Hardy (Topical)

Leader    *****nz___22*****n__4500

001    sh 95002730 

003    DLC

005    19950508102238.6

008    950328|| anannbab|          |a ana |||  

010 —    |ash 95002730 

040 —    |aDLC|cDLC

150 -0    |aAndy Hardy films

550 -0    |wg|aMotion pictures

670 —    |aWork cat.: 95-13646: Ray, R.B. The

avant-garde finds 

    Andy Hardy, 1995.


Originally released as a Cataloguing Memo: 06/12/2007 by H. Fraser


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