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Focus Film A2 Film

Introductiion of unit and overview of film Vertigo

Jane Thomas

on 3 May 2011

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Transcript of Focus Film A2 Film

So far...
Section A Urban Stories
Section B Experimental Cinema

To do...
Single Film Critical Study
Assessment Objective 1:
You should demonstrate:
Knowledge and understanding of film as an audio-visual form of creative expression
Understanding the role of contexts of production and reception

Assessment Objective 2:
Apply knowledge and understanding, of the
common critical approaches
that characterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films to show how
meanings and responses
are generated.

What are our critical approaches?
Film Language







A film about film: identification / obsession / misrecognition
A film about film: the gendered look, the female object
The significance of this as a “Hitchcock” film
Recurring motifs and the possible symbolic patterning of the film
Interpreting the Madeleine / Judy split
The spectator's relationship to Scottie as the film develops
The use of locations
The success or otherwise of the film as a thriller
Difficulties in taking the film seriously from a narrative realist perspective and problems of audience response that result from this
The film’s canonical status
The film’s critical reception
We will also be
considering psychoanalysis
"The point is that pure film is montage, which is the assembly of pieces of film, which in their turn must create an emotion in the audience. That is the whole art of the cinema - the montage of the pieces. It is merely a matter of design, subject matter and so forth. You can't generalise about it. You can only hope to produce ideas, expressed in montage terms that create an emotion in an audience."
" I think it's very important. I think that comes in devising the film, to anticipate what the audience's reaction is going to be. The audience won't know it because they haven't seen the film. But in watching each scene you have to say to yourself, "What are the audience thinking now?" And one does that in the creation of a script.!
"What greater satisfaction can a film-maker have to know that a given scene that he's devised, on the same evening in Tokyo, West Berlin, New York and London, the audience are all reacting in the same way. That's the power of the cinema"
"Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints."
Stretch and Challenge
Group Task

Using the posters discuss and make notes on:
What genre the film is
What narrative themes are apparent
The importance of the director
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