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Trying to figure out the proper way to reference/ cite a film still within the body of my thesis. The MLA Handbook implies you include it in the body of the text: “Place tables and illustrations as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they relate” (118). Whereas the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing frankly states that “[i]llustrative visual materials should not be imbedded in the text files or the manuscript” (150). Also, there is no mention about spacing of the caption, spacing around the illustration, or citing it within the body text in either source.

And THIS is why I find the MLA style antiquated and frustrating.

I just want to have an image from a film and say, “LOOK. LOOK AT THIS HERE. NOW I DISSECT THIS IMAGE. SEE? DO YOU SEE?” It shouldn’t be this damn hard.