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WJEC A2 FM4 Section C Single Film Critical Study | Talk To Her - Almodovar, 2002

James Clarke | Friday May 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Talk To Her, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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In this resource we will consider the film Talk To Her (2002) and explore some aspects of its film style, by which we mean the choices made by the filmmakers in their deployment of sound and visual elements in the construction of the narrative. As such, we are considering how storytelling devices express a range of meanings and values embodied within the drama. Talk To Her offers an opportunity for us to think about how film (and non Hollywood films, particularly) might have more opportunity than the Hollywood-produced film (typically conservative in terms of ideology and an aesthetic inclination towards realism) to challenge conventional representations of gender for example.

Through the way that the stylistic choices of the filmmaker functions (writer/director/producer/actors/camera/sound/music) we are able to determine a range of themes and issues in a given film text.  By responding to a film in this way, we have a chance to think about the connection that exists in all films between creative elements (film style) and thematic issues (that relate to the real world). To make any film then is to express a set of ideas and ways of looking at ‘the world’.

In this resource, we will: i) identify something of the cultural context of Talk To Her; ii) consider the film’s director as an exemplar of the idea of authorship and iii) analyse several key scenes [in terms of the micro-level features of mise-en-scene]. We will also give some consideration to the film’s reception upon its original release.

Contexts

As you might agree, there is a wide range of ways in which to explore cinema. For example, we can think about how it achieves its impact on an audience, how technology informs creative choices or how a particular film can tell us something of the culture that produced it. These are all ways of understanding the relationship between text and context.
One of the approaches to cinema that...


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