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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Julie Christie Exemplar A

karenardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Section B: British Film Topics

Choose one question from this section.

British Film and Stars

You should discuss a minimum of two British films in your answer and base it on one of the following:

Julie Christie or Ewan McGregor.

5. What are the star qualities that your star brings to the roles they play in your chosen films? [40]

Example Answer

The big five studios were vertically integrated during the Hollywood Studio era from 1930 to 1948. They not only owned the studios, but the exhibition rights and cinemas too. Stars have much more freedom today to choose their roles and Julie Christie has chosen many diverse and interesting characters to play. She was born in India in 1941 and soon became a British film legend. Al Pacino calling her ‘the most poetic of all actresses’.

Her persona became an iconic and exemplary acting figure in the ‘60s. She played significant roles in films such as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Diana Scott in Darling (1965), an iconic 1960s modern woman. Today, the star has a lot more say and is indeed a very important selling factor for a film. Julie Christie has played a number of roles that clearly use her beguiling nature and her capability as an actress to live the character’s role.

One of her more modern films, Away from Her (2006), demanded a varied response from her fan base Julie Christie uses her elegance and detailed expression to represent a woman suffering from memory loss in older age. She acts with a radiant performance and yet slips into her trade mark, dreamy state, portraying her wounded wisdom and the tragedy of this illness This type of character role does not have a resonance with other Christie roles such as Darling, where she plays an attractive 1960s blonde social climber, having affairs with many people and attending wild parties in London and Paris, much to her...


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