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OCR H410 New Spec 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

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Section A: Film Form in US Cinema from the 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

And with specific reference to ideas of:

  • 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)
  • The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925)
  • The Mark of Zorro (Niblo and Reed, 1920)
  • The General (Bruckman and Keaton, 1926)
  • Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
  • The Wind (Sjostrom, 1928)


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


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

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

  • Un Chien Andalou: Silent film (Bunuel and Dali, 1929)

French New Wave

  • The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) (Truffaut, 1959)

Other European film movements or stylistic developments

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German expressionism

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