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Eduqas WJEC Set Films

Richard Gent | Thursday March 01, 2018

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, A Level Film

Films marked 'live!' are complete case studies

Component 1: Varieties of Film and Filmmaking

35% of Qualification

For this component, learners must study:

  • two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930 - 1960) and the other from the New Hollywood period (1961 - 1990) (comparative study)
  • two American films produced since 2005, one mainstream film and one contemporary independent film (two - film study)
  • two British films (two - film study)

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 (comparative study)

Group 1: Classical Hollywood

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

Group 2: New Hollywood

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

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

Group 1: Mainstream Film

Group 2: Contemporary Independent Film (produced after 2010)

Section C: British Film Since 1995 (two-film study)

Component 2: Global Filmmaking Perspectives

35% of Qualification

For this component, learners must study:

  • two non - English language films, one European and one from outside Europe (two - film study)
  • one documentary film
  • one film option from a 1920s silent film movement
  • one film option from an experimental film movement

Section A: Global Film (two-film study)

Group 1: European film

  • Life is Beautiful (Benigni, Italy, 1997)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006) live!
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Schnabel, France, 2007) live!
  • Ida (Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013)
  • Mustang (Erguven, France/Turkey, 2015)
  • Victoria (Schipper, Germany, 2015)

Group 2: Outside Europe

  • Dil Se (Ratnam, India, 1998)
  • City of God (Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) live!
  • House of Flying Daggers (Zhang, China, 2004) live!
  • Timbuktu (Sissako, Mauritania, 2014)
  • Wild Tales (Szifron, Argentina, 2014)
  • Taxi Tehran (Panahi, Iran, 2015)

Section B: Documentary Film (single-film study)

Resource: Analysing a Documentary Film

  • Sisters in Law (Ayisi and Longinotto, Cameroon and UK, 2005)
  • The Arbor (Barnard, UK, 2010)
  • Stories We Tell (Polley, Canada, 2012) live!
  • 20,000 Days on Earth (Forsyth and Pollard, UK, 2014)
  • Amy (Kapadia, UK, 2005) (Coming Soon)

Section C: Film Movements - Silent Cinema (single-film study)

  • One Week (1920), American Silent Comedy
  • The Scarecrow (1920), American Silent Comedy
  • The ‘High Sign’ (1921), American Silent Comedy
  • Cops (1922) (Keaton, US), American Silent Comedy
  • Strike (Eisenstein, USSR, 1924), Soviet Montage
  • Sunrise (Murnau, US, 1927), German Expressionism
  • Spies (Lang, Germany, 1928), German Expressionism
  • Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, USSR, 1928) Constructivism and modernism live!
  • A Propos de Nice (Vigo, France, 1930), Constructivism and modernism

Section D: Film Movements - Experimental Film 1960-2000 (single-film study)

  • Vivre sa vie (Godard, France, 1962), 1960s European avant-garde
  • Daisies (Chytilova, Czechoslovakia, 1965), 1960s European avant-garde
  • Saute ma ville (Akerman, Belgium, 1968), 1960s European avant-garde
  • Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, US, 1994), Postmodern film in the 1990s live!
  • Fallen Angels (Wong, Hong Kong, 1995), East Asian new wave
  • Timecode (Figgis, US, 2000), Digital experimentation

Component 3: Production Non-Exam Assessment

30% of Qualification

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