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Students can find studying spectatorship challenging. There are many theories of spectatorship, but starting with the theory can lead students to list theoretical ideas rather than engage with the texts. Let’s not forget this A2 Film Studies unit is about “emotional responses” more than critical ones.
This is a good place to start with students. What is “emotion”? What is “popular film”? And what elements of the film experience trigger emotional responses?
Emotion and Popular Film
The term emotion,...[ read full article ] »
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Crime and cinema have a longstanding relationship.
Going right back to early cinema one of the landmark silent films was The Great Train Robbery (1903). There is a shot in that film which is overtly referenced as the last shot that we see in the American crime film GoodFellas (1990).
However, whereas we might argue that the criminal life that’s represented in the Hollywood-produced GoodFellas is somewhat glamourised and told in an overtly artificial way (think of how music is used...[ read full article ] »
Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Courses, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hot Fuzz, The Woman in Black, Genres & Case Studies, Action, British Film, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Independent, Mystery, Thriller, Hot Entries
In both the exam and in the coursework, candidates will be asked to study English Language Texts. They are NOT able to study the same texts for both sections and will prepare for this in different ways. For example, the coursework will act as a catalyst for their creative work in their portfolios. In the exam, students will have part of a two hour exam to answer a specific (unseen) question on an aspect of the film.
Both the coursework and examination texts will have shared aspects. This is mainly the understanding of both the micro and...[ read full article ] »
Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Towering Inferno
The film opens, with beautiful wide shots, following a helicopter out of the wilderness into the centre of San Francisco; Architect Doug Roberts explains his plans to go and live in the countryside, as he prepares for the opening ceremony of the Tower, he designed for James Duncan (J.D.). As part of a routine systems check, an electrical short starts a small fire on the 81st floor, which is initially undetected.
Doug confronts the building’s electrical engineer, Roger...[ read full article ] »
Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Courses, A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Fight Club, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Film Noir, Romance, Thriller
A2 Film Studies Section C: Close Critical Study
Synopsis and Character Profiles
Fight Club is based on a surprisingly short novel by Chuck Palahniuk, where it is suggested the desire for meaning drives civilisation. The film takes this as it essence, but offers a broader range of more complex representations.
In terms of narrative, the film is initially about the life of a disillusioned office worker - played by the narrator, Edward Norton – he works for a car insurance company, who appraise accident damaged vehicles in terms of costing....[ read full article ] »
Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Courses, A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Amores Perros, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Gangster, Romance, Thriller
Urban Stories: Power, Poverty and Conflict
Synopsis and Character Profiles
Amores Perros is a film about a three interconnected stories in Mexico City that borrow from, or arguably make, intertextual references to Pulp Fiction in terms of the non linear narrative.
A car crash is the pivotal scene that involves, and effects, all three narratives and serves as a narrative arc – in Story 1 (like Pulp Fiction chapter headings are used) Octavio and Susana fall for each other, but not before Susana leaves Octavio’s brother, with whom she has...[ read full article ] »
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