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Selma Single Film Study

James Clarke | Wednesday November 22, 2017

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Selma, Directors, Ava DuVernay, Genres & Case Studies, Biography, Drama, History

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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

Section B: American Film since 2005 (two-film study)

Answer on one film from Group 1 and one film from Group 2.

Group 1: Mainstream Film

  • No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007)
  • Inception (Nolan, 2010)
  • Selma (Duvernay, 2013)
  • Carol (Haynes, 2015)
  • La La Land (Chazelle, 2016)

Group 2: Contemporary Independent Film

  • Winter’s Bone (Granik, 2010)
  • Frances Ha! (Baumbach, 2012)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, 2012)
  • Boyhood (Linklater, 2015)
  • Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2015)

Contexts

Context of Production

Every film reflects the concerns of its time, the particular way of looking at the world in that culture, that society, that time. To fully understand a film, you need to know something of the era that spawned it. As you will have already considered in your Edusites Core Units film is very much a cultural artefact, a reflection of the society that created and watched it. Each film is influenced by all of the films that have gone before it – the collective consciousness of how we ‘look’ at a film - and will have specific conventions that link it to others of its genre, its type. For your examination, an understanding of the film’s production and of events in the world at that time will offer perspectives on how to better view its narrative presentation and thematic concerns.

Selma is...


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