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World Cinema Topics: Empowering Women | Pumzi (2009) »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Pumzi, Genres & Case Studies, Science Fiction

WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema: Empowering Women

Empowering Women Past Exam Questions:

  1. Discuss how persuasive you have found the different films you have studied for this topic in promoting female empowerment.
  2. In the films you have studied for this topic, how far can it be said that central characters and their situations are represented in similar ways?
  3. Discuss how far men are represented as enemies of female empowerment in the films you have chosen for this topic.
  4. Explore some of the ways in which film techniques are used to position audiences to identify...
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OCR A2 Film Sec A Messages and Values in Global Film: Battleship Potemkin & Les Quatre Cents Coups »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 15, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Les Quatre Cents Coups, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War

1. How is style and theme used in communicating messages and values in the films you have studied? (50)

The two films I have studied are Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin from 1925 and Francois Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) from 1959. Both films are encoded with a filmmaking style that both reflects a period in cinematic history and also with narrative themes deeply embedded revealing underlying messages and values.

Potemkin’ is considered a classic of 1920s silent soviet cinema with Eisenstein directing films alongside famous...

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OCR A2 Film Sec A Messages and Values in Global Film: Battleship Potemkin & Good Bye, Lenin! »

Rob Miller | Friday September 11, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Goodbye Lenin, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance, War

  • Battleship Potemkin (Russia, 1925)
  • Good Bye, Lenin! (Germany, 2003)

Battleship Potemkin

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNT6xyopdBs (whole film)

Historical, Socio-political and Cultural Issues incorporating Authorship

Battleship Potemkin (Potemkin) is a film rooted in Russian history, a fragile peasant economy was ruled by a Tsarist autocracy until revolution and war in 1905 saw a wave of mass political and social unrest spread through the Russian Empire. This included strikes, peasant unrest and military mutinies. It was the latter that Potemkin explored by...

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International Film Styles: Neorealism »

James Clarke | Friday September 04, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Kes, World Cinema, Rome, Open City, Genres & Case Studies, Neorealism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Across the varied and diverse ways in which a film text can encode and emphasise meanings and a specific viewpoint on or presentation of a subject, realism is a key aesthetic and formal choice and approach that has functioned as a key creative direction of so much western expression across literature and the visual arts. This resource, then, explores the characteristics of a particular film style that we call neorealism. It stems from post World War Two Italian cinema and its influence has been felt in cinemas around the world.

In exploring two films as our key texts in...

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Exemplar OCR A2 Lesson Plan | Introduction to F633 Section A »

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: An Introduction to F633 Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives Section A: Messages and Values in Global Film

Context

This lesson would be delivered early in term one to embed the notion of non-English language global cinema and develop a critical approach to film analysis required for the whole of F633. Although exemplar texts will be used as stimulus and research sources identified,...

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Exemplar WJEC GCSE Lesson Plan | An Introduction to World Cinema »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 11, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB: Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title. An Introduction to World Cinema

Context

This lesson would be delivered between weeks 21-23, in April/May as a preparation for Paper 2: Exploring Film Outside of Hollywood. It is expected that pupils have not studied world cinema and are relatively unfamiliar with non-English language films at GCSE level, or English language films that explore key themes and issues.

Aims and...

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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, The Battle of Algiers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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FM4 Section C Single Film - Critical Study

The whole film can be watched here.

In 2010, The Guardian newspaper published a story entitled “Algeria (national football squad) prepare for World Cup battle by watching The Battle of Algiers.”. Given the centrality of football to our contemporary popular culture, this incident might offer some suggestion of the cyclical power of cultural discourse and the transmission of a given film text’s thematic content in terms of the process of how it is decoded and appropriated by particular audiences at...

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Happy Together (Hong Kong 1997) Case Study »

James Clarke | Tuesday October 07, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Happy Together, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, Theory, Auteur Theory, Queer Theory

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FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Introduction

Happy Together is a feature film directed by Wong Kar-wai. It was released in 1997, the year that Hong Kong’s governance from Britain ended and governance from China began. The fact that Happy Together begins with passports being stamped might well resonate with Hong Kong audiences particularly with when the film was released. We might suggest that a passport is a very tangible symbol of national identity. The film is encoded...[ read full article ] »


Solaris (Soviet Union 1972) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 01, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Solaris (1972), Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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There are key areas of study that WJEC recommend are explored for FM4 Section C – Solaris, and they are as follows:

  • As a philosophical film about identity and memory

  • The role and function of Hari

  • The undemonstrative character of Kris and the reasons for this

  • Issues of representation in relation to conventions of the Sci-Fi genre

  • The significance of the earth sequences – including the emphasis on nature
  • The overall pace and length of the film

  • Spectatorship issues related to the above and to narrative development

  • The film as...
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International Film Styles: Surrealism »

Rob Miller | Friday September 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Louis Bunuel, World Cinema, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Un Chien Andalou, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Fantasy, Silent, Surrealism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Sample Questions

  • How far does cinematic style support themes and ideas in the films you have studied for this topic?
  • Discuss how far the development of your chosen international film style can be seen as the work of particular creative individuals?
  • Discuss characteristic features of casting and/or performance, exploring how far these features contribute the overall effect of the films you have studied.
  • What is the relationship between visual style and the subject matter of the films you have studied?

WJEC Say

“This topic focuses on the...

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema Bollywood A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Shree 420, Genres & Case Studies, Bollywood, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Auteur Theory

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By comparing the cinematic styles used in the films you have studied for this topic, is it possible to identify a distinctive ‘National Cinema’?

Indian cinema means different things to different people and there are a lot of different cinematic styles originating from the Indian subcontinent. Stereotypically, when western audiences without cultural capital or knowledge think of Indian films the iconic name ‘Bollywood’ comes to mind, or less widely known outside of India, as Hindi films. Bollywood films have come to represent a national...

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Approaches to Non-Hollywood Film/World Cinema Workshop »

Kirri Porter-White | Thursday June 19, 2014

Categories: Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Bollywood, Iranian, Japanese, Hot Entries

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Our full or half day workshops explore the concept of ‘World Cinema’ – what it is and what it means using a range of examples from Japanese, Bollywood, Mexican and Iranian Cinema. Key texts will be explored to help pupils/students understand the global nature of film production, distribution and consumption.

Cost

  • Half Day (3 Hours Contact Time): costs from £300
  • Full Day (6 Hours Contact Time): costs from £450
  • Travel and printing fees are also applicable, where appropriate. The workshop rate may vary depending on location

Booking &...

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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...

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Bollywood 1990 - Present »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Shree 420, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema: Aspects of National Cinema

This section of FM4 Section A: World Cinema does not require a comprehensive study of the period as long as there is some significance in the films chosen, and their relationship to the national cinema to which they belong. It is expected two principal films will be chosen, supplemented by briefer reference to one or two other films. As such, this resource (not an exemplar exam response) will focus on the following texts to give a historical and then a more contemporary...

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Messages and Values in Global Cinema »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Russian Ark, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

OCR A2 Film Studies Unit F633: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives Section A: Messages and Values in Global Cinema

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The study of “two contrasting non-English language texts that derive from different countries of origin”:

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Honk Kong, Taiwan) 2000
  • Russian Ark (Russia, Germany) 2002

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Both films, one a Wuxia martial arts/romance hybrid and the other a historical drama-documentary provide audiences with an understanding of Chinese and Russian culture, within the framework of...

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Les Enfants du Paradis (Carne 1945) »

James Clarke | Thursday March 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Les Enfants du Paradis, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section C Critical Study Les Enfants du Paradis

Typically, in many of our Edusites resources we identify contexts that inform the potential meaning of a given film text. In the case of Les Enfants du Paradis this is an especially powerful and relevant aspect of how we approach the film.

In this resource, we will broadly sketch out a particular political context, then move on to describe something of the production and conceptual development of the film and finally consider aspects of the film’s formal qualities (macro...

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German Cinema »

James Clarke | Monday March 10, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Metropolis, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Genres & Case Studies, German, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Posters, Film Poster Analysis

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema International Film Styles: German Cinema of the 1920s

Introduction

One of the most rewarding aspects of Film Studies is to be found in recognising how films produced at one, quite distant moment in time often made long ago, continue to influence more contemporary films with which we might all be more familiar. This is certainly true of the impact of some examples of German cinema produced in the 1920s. If you watch Edward Scissorhands (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Bringing out the Dead...[ read full article ] »


Iranian Cinema »

James Clarke | Thursday March 06, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, At Five in the Afternoon, Blackboards, Close Up, The Apple, The Wind Will Carry Us, Genres & Case Studies, Iranian, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema Aspects of a National Cinema: Iranian Cinema 1990 - Present

Introduction

Let us start with a piece from what could serve as possible further reading beyond this resource as it suggests the complexity of the subject we are exploring: “for many pious families, going to the cinema was tantamount to committing a sin. The main reason for this was that cinematic representations of women and love upset the delicate dualism which had long attended these topics in Iranian culture.” [1] It seems fair to...

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: Tsotsi »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 23, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Tsotsi, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Clips

  • Tsotsi Opening Sequence
  • Tsotsi End Sequence

Further Reading

  • Studying Tsotsi: Judith Gunn (Auteur Publishing)

Awards

  • Best Foreign Language Film - 2006 Academy Awards

Institutional Factors and Representation of People, Places, Events and Issues

Tsotsi (urban slang – thug) is a film based on a novel by Athol Fugard set in the impoverished township of Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa – Fugard is best known for his plays with political narratives opposing the historical South African system of Apartheid but wrote his only novel Tsotsi in draft form in the 1960s...

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Developments in 21st Century Cinema and Film (2000-Present) »

James Clarke | Wednesday November 27, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Avatar, World Cinema, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Film is technology. It’s an obvious point, and an essential one.

Film established itself as a symbol of the modern, mechanical age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and so it is particularly interesting to now witness how the medium is moving into the digital age. Indeed, we should perhaps talk not of new technology but of now technology because it is so quickly ever changing and evolving. In Western Europe we live in an increasingly digital and electronic age and since 2000 the film industry has witnessed the rapid impact of...

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Aspects of National Cinema: Japanese Cinema »

James Clarke | Monday November 25, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Grave of the Fireflies, Seven Samurai, Genres & Case Studies, Japanese, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema: Aspects of National Cinema

Japanese cinema can be understood as a major presence in the international film style context, not only in terms of its own achievement but also for the influence it has exerted on cinema far beyond its borders.  It’s a national cinema with a very specific set of concerns and stylistic traits and with a number of particular contexts that allow the film texts to be understood in all the more interesting ways. In saying that there is such a thing as international cinema,...

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WJEC A Level Film Studies Recommended Texts »

Rob Miller | Friday October 04, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries

AS Film Studies

Films to teach Core Concepts/British Film Topics/Comparative Study

  • The Shining (1980): Film Form/Mise-en-Scene
  • Beautiful Lies (2010): Genre
  • Avatar (2009): Production, Distribution but also representation and genre
  • Cowboys and Aliens (2011): Hybrid Genre
  • Hot Fuzz (2007): Hybrid Genre, British Film Production Companies
  • Warm Bodies (2013): Hybrid Genre
  • Milk (2008): Independent American Social Realism
  • Precious (2009): Independent American Social Realism
  • About Time (2013): Working Title Studios RomCom, British Film Production Companies
  • Love Actually (2003): Working...
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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Recommended Texts »

Rob Miller | Friday October 04, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries

Non-Superhero Films – Areas of Study

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011): Production values and genre
  • Titanic (1997): Film Form, Narrative, genre and representation
  • Cloverfield (2008): Genre and production values
  • The Bourne Identity (2002): Narrative, film franchises and genre
  • The King’s Speech (2010): Film Form, Film funding, genre and representation
  • Gulliver’s Travels (2010): Hybrid comedy, Action Adventure
  • Star Trek into Darkness (2013): Genre, sequels, franchises and audience appeals
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004): Hybrid genre, independent British film
  • ...
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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema Mexican Cinema Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday June 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Amores Perros, Y Tu Mamá También, Genres & Case Studies, Mexican

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Key Texts

  • Amores Perros (Love’s A Bitch) 2000
  • Y Tu Mama También (And Your Mother Too) 2001

Compare some of the stylistic features in the films you have studied discussing how far they make for a distinctive kind of cinema.

The study of so-called World Cinema tends to focus on common themes e.g. power, poverty and conflict, social class, gender representation et al within the confines of what has to be described as Hollywood Hegemony. Ironically ‘international film styles’ or World Cinema has heavily influenced Hollywood and continually...

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Popular Film & Emotional Response: Understanding Emotional Responses »

Viki Walden | Monday March 25, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Schindler's List, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, La Vita è Bella, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Students can find studying spectatorship challenging.  There are many theories of spectatorship, but starting with the theory can lead students to list theoretical ideas rather than engage with the texts. Let’s not forget this A2 Film Studies unit is about “emotional responses” more than critical ones.

This is a good place to start with students. What is “emotion”? What is “popular film”? And what elements of the film experience trigger emotional responses?

Emotion and Popular Film

The term emotion, as commonly used today, has...

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International Film Styles: French New Wave »

James Clarke | Thursday March 21, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, À Bout de Souffle, Les Quatre Cents Coups, Genres & Case Studies, French New Wave, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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In 1950, when he was only nineteen years old, Jean-Luc Godard, one day to become one the great filmmakers, wrote a piece for the French publication Gazette du Cinema called Towards A Political Cinema. Even at this young age, Godard was aware of cinema’s power to communicate ideas.

Jean-Luc Godard examines a strip of film

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Film history describes a wide range of film movements that have each had an often-short lifespan that’s been quite specific but the legacies of which have endured.

A movement in film, or indeed...

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International Film Styles: 1920s Soviet Cinema »

James Clarke | Friday March 08, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Man With A Movie Camera, Genres & Case Studies, Documentary, Realism, Social Realism, Soviet Montage

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Cinema is always evolving.

The constantly changing quality of film styles is exciting and since the beginnings of film history many nations around the world have developed their own distinct cinematic style and this continues today in the twenty-first century.

During the early part of the twentieth century one country that contributed very significantly to the development of early cinema, was Russia and now, in 2013, almost a century later, the particular film style that emerged from Russia continues to be an essential stylistic approach that...

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World Cinema Topics: Empowering Women - Volver (2006) and Amores Perros (2000) »

Amy Charlewood | Monday February 04, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Amores Perros, Volver, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Film Theory

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It is important to firstly consider the context of this unit as an exploration of world cinema. World cinema is difficult to define; with most definitions reverting to that it can be defined simply as any cinema outside of the globally dominant industry of Hollywood or any non English language cinema. Often discussed as an alternative to Hollywood’s ‘dream factory’, World cinema tends to be perceived as possessing certain features offering an insight into another country’s culture, a low budget gritty representation of real life or having more artistic merit than...

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GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood Exemplars »

Karen Ardouin | Wednesday December 19, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Devil's Backbone, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Hot Entries

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood High Level Exemplar The Devil’s Backbone.doc
  • GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood B Grade Exemplar.doc
  • GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood C Grade Exemplar.doc



Mexican Cinema 1990 >> »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 06, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Film History, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Cronos, Y Tu Mamá También, Genres & Case Studies, Mexican

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Background: The Beginnings

To fully comprehend any one period in a country’s cinema, there needs to be some contextualisation. Early Mexican filmmakers profited from the turbulent times the country faced at the turn of the century. The civil war was the subject of many silent films; several significant battles were documented on camera. As the country began to stabilize during the 1930s, filmmakers had a myriad of social issues to choose from as themes for their films. However, they preferred a detachment from reality and this tradition would continue.

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After the Second...

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La Haine Case Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 07, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, La Haine, Genres & Case Studies, Beur, Classic, Drama, New Realism, Social Realism

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Urban Stories | Power, Poverty & Conflict | Case Study 2 | La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz , 1995)

Synopsis

La Haine (Hate 1995, France) focuses on a single day in the lives of three twenty-something friends from immigrant families, living in an impoverished and multi-ethnic French housing project. The housing project, or la banlieues (ZUP - zone à urbaniser en priorité), hosts a riot after a young man is shot by a policeman. The film follows the young trio in the immediate aftermath of the riot. Vinz, who is Jewish, is filled with rage. He sees himself as a gangster, ready to...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Case Study »

Viki Walden | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Children, Drama, Families, History, War, Hot Entries

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Film

Synopsis

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8 year old Bruno doesn’t have a care in the world as he pretends to be a plane flying through the streets of Berlin, on his way back from school. He is blissfully ignorant of the terror happening around him – Jewish families being rounded up and transported out of the city. When he returns home however, his family are preparing for a celebration. His father, Ralf, has received a promotion that means they must all leave the capital; a move that will change Bruno’s life forever.

At his new stately home Bruno is sullen until, looking...

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Amores Perros Research Questions »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Amores Perros, Research, Film Research

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Documentary Definitions »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Dictionary, Media & Film Studies Dictionary, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Super Size Me, World Cinema, Man With A Movie Camera, Genres & Case Studies, Documentary, Hot Entries

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Realism: The ‘kind’ of reality produced by a media text

Mediation: The process whereby media texts select and construct the world through different techniques

Documentary encodes versions of reality that are mediated into our individual context. Realism is a term that does not always apply to what is actually real, but to degrees of realism and audiences’ expectations of reality.

Documentary Modes of Representation

In “Representing Reality, Issues and Concepts in Documentary”, Bill Nichols 1991 (Indiana University Press) argues there are four documentary modes...

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Spirited Away Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 01, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Spirited Away, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Hot Entries

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Films Case Study | Spirited Away

Synopsis

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Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) follows the story of a young girl, Chihiro as she crosses the border between the human world and the spirit world. En-route to their new home, Chihiro’s parents stop at (what they think) is a disused theme park site. Despite being abandoned, one stall has food; without question her parents greedily eat the food, but as night falls Chihiro is warned by a spirit, Haku to leave. As she flees, she realises her parents have been turned into pigs and she must save them....[ read full article ] »


Man with a Movie Camera Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 01, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Man With A Movie Camera, Genres & Case Studies, Classic, Documentary, Independent, Silent

Spectatorship and Documentary

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Synopsis and Character Profiles

Man with a Movie Camera is an innovative silent 1929 Documentary, set in a number of cities in the Soviet Union, including Odessa (near where Eisenstein shot the iconic Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potemkin). Fundamentally, and on a manifest level, it is about a day in the life of a city and audiences are introduced to a city literally waking up – individuals washing and bathing, Tram Sheds opening, tramps waking up on park benches and men and women interacting with the machinery of modern life.

The...

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Amores Perros (Love’s A Bitch) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday October 31, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Amores Perros, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Gangster, Romance, Thriller

Urban Stories: Power, Poverty and Conflict

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Synopsis and Character Profiles

Amores Perros is a film about a three interconnected stories in Mexico City that borrow from, or arguably make, intertextual references to Pulp Fiction in terms of the non linear narrative.

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A car crash is the pivotal scene that involves, and effects, all three narratives and serves as a narrative arc – in Story 1 (like Pulp Fiction chapter headings are used) Octavio and Susana fall for each other, but not before Susana leaves Octavio’s brother, with whom she has a child.

Octavio falls in love...

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Amélie Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday October 31, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Amelie, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Hot Entries

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Films Case Study | Amélie

Synopsis

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Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain is the story of Amélie, a young girl brought up by a strict, nervous schoolteacher and an emotionally cold doctor. The awkwardness and nervous deposition of her parents means Amélie does not meet other children; instead she is left to her own imagination.

After her mother dies, her father becomes gradually more reclusive and Amélie decides she will leave as soon as she can. Once she is working as a waitress in Paris, she leaves. When Amélie hears of Princess Diana’s death...

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Understanding World Cinema »

Viki Walden | Sunday October 23, 2011

Categories: A Level, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Hot Entries

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This guide is designed to cover the main issues regarding teaching World Cinema for the WJEC A2 in Film Studies for FM4: Varieties of Film Experience - Issues and Debates (Section A) and to explain what is likely to be asked of students in the examination.

The topics currently available for examination are:

(a) Aspects of a National Cinema

  • Bollywood, 1990 – present
  • Iranian Cinema, 1990 – present
  • Japanese Cinema, 1950 – 1970
  • Mexican Cinema, 1990 – present

(b) International Film Styles

  • German and/or Soviet Cinema of the 1920s
  • Surrealism
  • Neo-Realism
  • New Waves

(c)...

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Metropolis Case Study »

Viki Walden | Saturday October 22, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Metropolis, Genres & Case Studies, Classic, Expressionist, Independent

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Urban Stories | Power, Poverty & Conflict | Case Study 1 | Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

Synopsis

Freder has lived a naive existence as the son of the founder / owner of the city of Metropolis. He spends his spare time frolicking in the Club of Sons or Eternal Gardens, blissfully unaware of the tormented incarceration of the workers in the depths of the city. This is until, one day, Maria brings the children to see their richer “brothers”. Touched by the image of these poor, dishevelled children, Freder explores the under city. He is tormented by the images he sees- an...

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New Spec Eduqas A Level Film Studies »

Richard Gent | Wednesday August 24, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Overviews, New Film Studies A Level

New WJEC Eduqas A Level Film Studies Resources

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We are developing a series of new resources for the new GCSE and A Level Film Studies specs. The first resources is a series of case studies of specific films.

Below are links to all of the elements you will need for the first term. Please read the note on copyright carefully.

Copyright

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