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Atonement Pupil Research Questions

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Atonement, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Costume Drama, Heritage, Period Drama, Romance, War, Hot Entries, Research, Film Research

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Use your bibliography of British Film resources to research the following questions:

  1. Who directed Atonement? What other projects has the director been involved in and what does this say about his reputation and key specialist areas? Who wrote the novel that Atonement is based on, what do you know about him?
  2. What was the name of the Production Company and Theatrical Distributor? How would you describe the Distribution company? What pattern does this reflect relating to British Films over the last 20 years? Name 20 well known films made by the same two Production and Distribution companies.
  3. Identify all other Institutional Factors including Production Values (with evidence), Distribution, Funding, Genre, Target Audience (in depth) Cast and Crew.
  4. Identify key iconography and genre conventions.
  5. How well did Atonement fare at the Box Office? What critical success/awards did the film receive including its actors?
  6. How does Atonement culturally represent the image of a nation (in depth, referring to theory and using media language)
  7. What ‘type’ of British film is Atonement, with evidence?
  8. In no more than 50 words, summarise the narrative for an academic film magazine like the BFI’s ‘Sight and Sound’.
  9. Briefly discuss use of Form and Style of Atonement (how the Director uses Technical and Symbolic codes).
  10. What do think the audience appeals of Atonement are?

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