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OCR H410 A Level Film Case Studies

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 27, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Key Concepts, New Spec

Films marked 'live!' are complete case studies

Component 01 Film History 35% of total A Level

Section A: Film Form in US Cinema | Silent Era to 1990

These examination tasks require that you study three American films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film language
  • Film meaning
  • Film context
  • Meaning and response

The task will require you compare three films, one from each Component Group:

  • The Silent Era
  • Hollywood 1930-1960
  • Hollywood 1961-1990

Silent Era

  • The Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915) live!
  • The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925) live!
  • The Mark of Zorro (Niblo and Reed, 1920)
  • The General (Bruckman and Keaton, 1926) live!
  • Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
  • The Wind (Sjostrom, 1928)


  • Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) live!
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Kelly and Donen, 1952)
  • Stagecoach (Ford, 1939) live!
  • Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) live!
  • Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944) live!
  • All that Heaven Allows (Douglas, 1955)


  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) live!
  • Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980) live!
  • E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (Spielberg, 1982) live!
  • Do the Right Thing! (Lee, 1989) live!
  • The Conversation (Coppola, 1974) live!
  • West Side Story (Robbins and Wise, 1961)

Section B: European Cinema History

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) live!
  • L'Age D'or (Buñuel, 1930) live comparative study!
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:

French New Wave | Film Movement - click here

  • The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) (Truffaut, 1959) live!
  • À Bout de...

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