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Elephant Single Film Study

jclarke | Saturday January 19, 2019

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Independent Film, Elephant, Directors, Gus Van Sant, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Cinema is always evolving and it’s an exciting process to witness, to explore and to understand. A film such as Elephant is just one example of many notable films that have gone quite some way in transcending its original moment of release to become something of a landmark in contemporary cinema; in this instance contributing significantly to the broadening of non-Hollywood cinema’s reach. Certainly, Elephant provides us with a particular treatment of a national trauma in very recent American history and memory and, in turn, the film might well be considered particularly challenging.

Elephant is a film that’s suffused with a specific sense of time and place. Certainly, the film might yield interesting discussion in class to consider this film in relation to two other films explored in our Edusites resources: Do The Right Thing and City of God.…

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