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L’Age D’or Short Film Comparative Study

jclarke | Wednesday November 14, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Luis Bunuel, European Film, L'Age d'Or, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Surrealism, Surrealist

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OCR Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: European Cinema History

This section focuses upon the study of at least two major European movements or stylistic developments in film history, characterised by the significant contribution they made and continue to make to film aesthetics. Learners must study one compulsory, distinctly experimental film movement (surrealist film) and one other film movement from a choice of two:

Experimental film – European surrealist film

Learners must study a set pair of two experimental films from the European surrealist film movement of the 1920s and 1930s. The set experimental film pair is equivalent in study to one feature length set film.

  • Un Chien Andalou: Silent film (Buñuel and Dali, 1929)
  • L'Age D'or (Buñuel, 1930)
In addition to the above, learners must also study at least one other set film. This film should be drawn from one of the other European film movements or stylistic developments listed below:

Other European film movements or stylistic developments

French New Wave

  • The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) (Truffaut, 1959)
  • À Bout de Souffle (Godard, 1960)
  • Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962)

German Expressionism

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Weine, 1920)
  • Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922)
  • Metropolis (Lang, 1927)

Introduction: Surrealism

This resource discusses two short films: Un Chien Andalou and L’Age D'or. Both films were directed by Luis Bunuel and both offer up useful examples of how the art movement Surrealism found expression cinema. For each section, each film will be discussed so that for, example: the section on Film Language will first explore Un Chien Andalou...

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