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Siobhan Flint | Thursday January 04, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Charlie Chaplin, Silent Era, The Gold Rush, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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OCR Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Film History

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

Group 1: 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)

Group 2: 1930–1960

  • 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)

Group 3: 1961–1990

  • 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 A of Paper 1 focuses upon the micro-elements of film form and the construction of meaning and response by both filmmaker and spectator, with a particular focus on US films from the Silent Era to 1990.

Knowledge and understanding of film form and its key terms will be developed through:

  • studying the micro-elements of film form
  • identifying how these elements construct meanings and contribute to the aesthetics of film
  • an appreciation of film poetics: film as a constructed artefact, resulting from...

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