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MLA Style Guide: Film

This guide covers how in-text citations and references should be formatted in the MLA Style, 9th Edition.


Reference: Title. Directed by First name Last name of director, Distributor, Release date. Streaming Service Name, URL.

Example: A Street Cat Named Bob. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Sony, 2016. Netflix, 


  • (Title of film)


  • Spottiswoode’s 2016 film (A Street Cat Named Bob) displayed how….

Note: If you want to highlight a particular performer, start the citation with their name, then their title.

Gedmintas, Ruta, performer. A Street Cat Named Bob. Sony, 2016.

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