Building on the groundwork laid by the AS Film Studies syllabus, A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction introduces students to the diversity of cinematic styles and to different film cultures as well as positioning film within wider political, cultural and artistic debates. The book is designed to support students through the transition from a focus on textual analysis to the consideration of the wider contexts that inform any study of Film.
Individual chapters cover the following key areas:
- The Small Scale Research Project
- Practical Application of Learning
- Studies in World Cinema
- The Film Text and Spectator
- Producers and Audiences – Issues and Debates
- Messages and Values – Critical Approaches
Specially designed to be user-friendly, A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction includes:
- sample exam questions
- further reading
- a glossary of key terms and resources
- case studies
About the Author
Sarah Casey Benyahia currently works as a lecturer and examiner in Film and Media Studies and is the author of Teaching Contemporary British Cinema (2005).
Dr Freddie Gaffney is Chief Moderator for Film Studies at AS/A level. He is also a screenwriter, filmmaker, and Senior Lecturer in Location and Studio Production at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.
John White teaches Film and English at Cambridge Regional College, Long Road Sixth Form College, Anglia Ruskin University and Parkside Community College in Cambridge.
Table of Contents
1.Introduction 2. Film: Making Meaning 2 (FS4) 3. FS5: Studies in World Cinema Section A: Film Styles and Movements German and Soviet Cinemas of the 1920s. Neo – Realism in Italy and Beyond. Japanese cinema of 1950–1970. Cinematic New Waves. Surrealist and Fantasy Cinema Section B: Close Study Films (Contemporary World Cinema) 4. FS6: Critical Studies Section A: The Film Text and Spectator Early Cinema. Documentary. Experimental Film Making. Shocking Cinema. Section B: Producers and Audiences: Issues and Debates Regulation and Censorship as it Affects Both Film Producers and Audiences. Independent Film and its Audiences. Fandom and its Significance to the Film Industry. 5. Suggestions for Further Research. Sample Essay Questions and Approaches to Plans, Useful Websites, Journals etc. Glossary of Key Terms. Filmography. Bibliography