I am writing an essay on the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which was directed by David Fincher in 2008. How do I cite it MLA style?
I found that MLA said
"Films or Movies
List films (in theaters or not yet on DVD or video) by their title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name. Use the abbreviation perf. to head the list. List film as the medium of publication. To cite a DVD or other video recording, see “Recorded Films and Movies” below.
The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Perf. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro. Polygram, 1995. Film.
To emphasize specific performers (perf.) or directors (dir.), begin the citation with the name of the desired performer or director, followed by the appropriate abbreviation.
Lucas, George, dir. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977. Film.
List films by their title. Include the name of the director, the distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name. Use the abbreviation perf. to head the list. End the entry with the appropriate medium of publication (e.g. DVD, VHS, Laser disc).
Ed Wood. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette. Touchstone, 1994. DVD,"
But I'm not really sure which of these I need to use, and who are "preformers" as opposed to every actor in film/movie.
Well, are you trying to highlight certain performers? If not, I think you should just use the last citation example you have listed since the movie is already out on dvd.
By the way, if you haven't already, I would highly recomend reading the original short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's really interesting and not very long.
I did read the story. The essay is on the adaption of the story into a movie. Not much in common... :)
I don't really know the difference between actors and preformers. The are lots and lots of people who acted in the movie, but I'm not supposed to list them all. How do I decide which ones to list?