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No Country for Old Men Film Study Part 1

Graham Panton | Wednesday September 06, 2017

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, No Country for Old Men, Directors, Coen Brothers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

These tasks require you study all 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:

  • Spectatorship
  • Ideology


Context of Production

Films are shaped by the contexts in which they are produced. They can therefore be understood in more depth by placing them within two important contextual frames. The first involves considering the broader contexts of a film at the time when it was produced – its social, cultural and political contexts, either current or historical. The second involves a consideration of a film’s institutional context, including the important contextual factors affecting production such as finance and available technology.

Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was subject to adaptation very early on after its release. Scott Rudin, a producer for Paramount, obtained the rights to the film adaptation and suggested it to the Coen brothers as their next mainstream production. The brothers had not released a mainstream film since the Tom Hanks vehicle The Ladykillers in 2004 and apart from two short films were looking for their next project. The brothers saw potential in McCarthy’s script and wanted to look at how the film played with conventions and appealed to their desire to make a film in Texas. They took on the project and as they moved on to the writing stage they decided to stay faithful to McCarthy’s story and there were only a few minor changes in the screenplay. The Coens had just made two back to back comedies through Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and The Ladykillers (2004) so this was also to be a change of pace and genre for them. The definition of the genre is much...

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