Thanks to Ella
Power, Poverty and Conflict. .
- Compare the attitudes to poverty conveyed in the films you have studied for this topic.
- Explore how stylistic choices contribute to the representation of the urban experience in the films you have studied for this topic.
- What is the importance of cinematography and/or editing in communicating issues of power, poverty and conflict in the films you have studied for this topic?
- How far do the films you have studied for this topic challenge the audience, generating debate about the worlds they represent?
- Compare the different ways in which conflict between the poor and the powerful are represented in the films you have studied for this topic.
- How significant is editing and/or sound in contributing to the power of the narrative in the films you have studied for this topic?
- Explore how the representation of urban environments contributes to the key themes of your chosen films.
- ‘The stylistic choices made by filmmakers define not just the look but also the meaning of a film.’ How far is this true of the films you have studied for this topic?
- Discuss some of the techniques used in your chosen films to provoke audiences into taking a particular point of view towards characters and key events.
- How far can it be argued that your chosen films provide a ‘realistic’ representation of the people and places they focus on?
Emotional response. .
-Explore some of the ways in which the spectator’s emotional response to popular films is the result of visual elements such as cinematography, special effects or design.
-‘Spectators of popular film often bring to the viewing experience much prior knowledge as fans and informed filmgoers.’ Discuss how far this prior knowledge influences a spectator’s response. Refer to films you have studied for this topic.
- ‘Narrative is often assumed to be the most important factor in triggering emotional response whereas style is often overlooked.’ How far do you agree with this?
-‘Some spectators can laugh, others cry at the same sequence.’ Explore why spectators may react very differently to the same sequences in the films you have studied for this topic.
- How far do spectators respond to the emotional content of films in the way that the filmmakers intended?
- How important is the soundtrack in influencing the spectator’s emotional response to a film?
- How important is performance in understanding the spectator’s emotional response to popular films? Refer to the films you have studied for this topic.
- With reference to the films you have studied for this topic, explore some of the film techniques that are particularly powerful in triggering an emotional response in the spectator.
- How far is it preferable as a spectator to be presented with a documentary that offers a very definite point of view towards its subject? Refer to the films you have studied for this topic.
- ‘For the spectator, the viewing of documentary films is really no different from that of viewing fiction films.’ With reference to the films you have studied for this topic, how far do you agree with this view?
Charlie Chaplin. .
- How useful have you found a particular film critical approach, such as an auteur or genre approach, in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of your chosen film?
- With reference to critical and review writing you have considered as part of your study, discuss how your ideas on your chosen film have developed.
- Modern Times is a compassionate film and central to this is Chaplin’s screen persona. How far do you agree with this statement?
- How far has your wider Film Studies learning contributed to a better understanding and appreciation of your chosen film?
- How far have the writings of reviewers and critics influenced the way your close study film is understood and valued today?
- How far do you believe Modern Times should be approached as a satire of industrial society in the 1930s?
- How far has an awareness of the filmmaker as auteur influenced your response to your chosen film?
- How far has particular writing by critics been important in developing your understanding and appreciation of your chosen film?
- How far is the success of Modern Times as a comic and dramatic film dependent on its staging?
- In developing a response to your chosen film, how valuable did you find the application of a specific critical approach?
- Explore how far a particular debate by critics has influenced your understanding of your chosen film.
- The Gamin character and Paulette Goddard’s performance offer more than just love interest in Modern Times. Discuss this comment.
- Explore some of the ways in which you have gained fresh insights into your chosen film as a result of applying one or more specific critical approaches.
- How important have been the responses of others, such as film reviewers, in influencing your own response to your chosen film?
- Starting with specific reference to the sequence in the department store, discuss some of the ways in which comedy communicates themes and values in Modern Times.