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Carol Single Film Study

jclarke | Friday September 07, 2018

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Todd Haynes, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context

And with specific reference to ideas of:

  • Spectatorship
  • Ideology

Section B: American Film since 2005 (two-film study)

Answer on one film from Group 1 and one film from Group 2.

Group 1: Mainstream Film

  • No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007)
  • Inception (Nolan, 2010)
  • Selma (Duvernay, 2013)
  • Carol (Haynes, 2015)
  • La La Land (Chazelle, 2016)

Group 2: Contemporary Independent Film

  • Winter’s Bone (Granik, 2010)
  • Frances Ha! (Baumbach, 2012)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)
  • Boyhood (Linklater, 2015)
  • Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2015)

Contexts

Cinema is always evolving and it’s an exciting process to witness, to explore and to understand and film such as Carol is an example of a film that has gone quite some way in transcending its original moment of release and has become something of a landmark in contemporary cinema, contributing significantly to the genre of the movie melodrama and to ideas about film authorship. The film is also rewarding in terms of how it might prompt us to consider the representation of gender. As the hashtag now rightly reminds us: #representationmatters. As an additional, immediate note in relation to Carol, it’s useful to distinguish here between the terms sex and gender. Sex is understood to refer to the biological and gender as cultural.

Every film in some way reflects some of the concerns of its time, and the...


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