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

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

Stars have much more freedom today, as they used to be part of a 7-year contract under the Hollywood Studio system that ended in 1948. The actress Julie Christie was born in India in 1941, so did not experience this; she was also a British actress, who came to fame in the 1960s.

She played significant roles in films such as Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) and she won an Academy Award for her role in Darling (1965). Julie Christie has played a number of roles to date that reveal her capabilities as an actress and she continues to use her star qualities to bewitch audiences.

One of her more modern films, Away from Her (2006), challenged her acting capabilities as she represents an ageing woman suffering from dementia and memory loss. Her elegance, used a lot in films such as Darling and Far From the Madding Crowd is only too apparent in this role.  Her detailed expressions and dialogue represent a realistic picture of a woman suffering from memory loss in older age. She often slips into her usual dreamy state, representing her beauty and sadness and the tragedy of this illness.

Her role in Darling is a binary opposition to this more modern performance. She plays an attractive 1960s blonde social climber, having affairs and going to wild parties in London and Paris. However, her charm and elegance are apparent in both roles and this is clearly her star quality. Christine Gledhill says a star can have four distinct elements: the real person, the characters they play, the persona, and the image that is put out through the media. Julie...

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