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Some Like It Hot Single Film Study

James Clarke | Wednesday April 18, 2018

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Billy Wilder, Hollywood Films, Some Like It Hot, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Romance

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

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:

  • Auteur

The task will require you to compare this film and one from Component Group 2 Hollywood 1930-1960.

Group 1: Classical Hollywood

  • Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
  • The Lady from Shanghai (Welles,1947)
  • Johnny Guitar (Ray, 1954)
  • Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
  • Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)

Group 2: New Hollywood

  • Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975)
  • Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
  • Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)*
  • Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989)

*To be studied in the Director’s Cut version, released 1992.

Introduction

In her book The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, Professor Sarah Churchwell describes Monroe as “that icon of uber-femininity…” [1] This reference to the film and pop culture star, Marilyn Monroe, is highly appropriate as the film Some Like It Hot (1959), often described and dismissed as just a ‘mere entertainment’, showcases her performance. By extension, Monroe becomes a lens through which the film articulates the subject of gender.

Now, more than ever, we might propose that the issue of how the cinema can represent gender is especially powerful: go onto Twitter and you’ll find the hashtag: #representationmatters. Such an example illustrates the way in which film language communicates values, reminding us once more how particular films provoke discussion and...


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