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Casablanca Single Film Study

Viki Walden | Friday September 01, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Casablanca, Directors, Martin Scorsese, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Drama, Film Noir, Romance, War

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

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:

  • Auteur

The task will require you to compare this film and one from Component Group 2 Hollywood 1930-1960

Group 1: Classical Hollywood

  • Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
  • The Lady from Shanghai (Welles,1947)
  • Johnny Guitar (Ray, 1954)
  • Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
  • Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)

Group 2: New Hollywood

  • Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975)
  • Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
  • Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)*
  • Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989)

*To be studied in the Director’s Cut version, released 1992.

Contexts

Context of Production

Films are shaped by the contexts in which they are produced. They can therefore be understood in more depth by placing them within two important contextual frames. The first involves considering the broader contexts of a film at the time when it was produced – its social, cultural and political contexts, either current or historical. The second involves a consideration of a film’s institutional context, including the important contextual factors affecting production such as finance and available technology. Every film reflects the concerns of its time, the particular way of looking at the world in that culture, that society, that time. To fully understand a film, you need to know something of the era that spawned it. As you will have already considered in...


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