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Language / title issue for Die unendliche Geschichte / The Neverending Story (1984)

The movie Die unendliche Geschichte / The Neverending Story (1984) is a German production, but originally filmed with (at least mainly) English-language actors. Of course, a German-dubbed version was produced for the German market. An interesting edge question is, what should be considerered the "original" title for this movie?

Current choice seems to be the title in the country it was produced in, but I'd like to argue it should be the title in the language it was originally filmed in. What are your opinions on this matter, has it already been discussed to death? And, yes, I'm well aware this could become a very complex can of worms with some European multi-language-dubbed films.

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The general rule is: "We use the original title of a movie/show in its original language as it appears on screen (on the title card) in the opening credits."

But I agree that it's not always obvious how to apply this. What is the original language? An aspect that you don't mention is that the film was first released in Germany (according to IMDb's data), where it may have had a German title card.

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@Peter_pbn Petersen shot the movie in english language, but its a german production nearly 100 % shot in the Bavaria Filmstudios, i did visit some of the sets in the 1980s. 

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I don't think anyone is contradicting that..

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@Peter_pbn and i the former Bavaria Boss Günter Rohrbach who was the Bavaria Boss at that time is a friend of me and i can tell you that Die unendliche Geschichte is the original title

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@Peter_pbn points out that the premier of this movie was with the German-language version, something I was not aware of. This seems like a reasonable criteria for selecting "original title", so I guess this case is mostly resolved.

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The Original Title is "Die unendliche Geschichte" and yes Wolfgang Petersen made this movie mostly with enlish speaking actors. But it is shot in the Bavaria Filmstudios in Geiselgasteig and is a 100 % german production

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From Wikipedia german version:

Die Drehzeit erstreckte sich vom 15. März bis zum 15. September 1983. Der Film wurde in englischer Sprache gedreht.[7]

Für die Szenen in den „Sümpfen der Traurigkeit“ wurde mit Moorboden, Torf und Erde eine südenglische Moorlandschaft in Halle 4/5 nachgebildet. Der Himmel ist gemalt. Gedreht wurde bei bis zu 40 Grad Celsius 200 Drehstunden lang, alleine die Szene mit dem versinkenden Pferd Artax nahm vier Tage in Anspruch