A Level Film Studies: The Essential Introduction

3rd Edition

Sarah Casey Benyahia, John White, Freddie Gaffney

Published February 13, 2020
Textbook - 492 Pages - 114 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780415520898 - CAT# Y135391
Series: Essentials

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This essential book covers the key areas for A Level Film Studies students, building confidence through a careful, step-by-step approach.

The first part of the book establishes a basic understanding of the grounding of film analysis in the various elements of film construction, mise en scène, cinematography, editing, sound and performance, developing the knowledge students have of movies whilst challenging them to consider new films and ideas. Key theoretical approaches around narrative, genre, representation, spectatorship and authorship are introduced in Part II, before we consider specific national cinemas from around the world in parts III and IV. In Part V, the book assesses a range of slightly different film experiences, looking at silent cinema, experimental films and documentaries; before, finally, Part VI shifts to evaluating creative approaches to students’ own filmmaking.

Specifically designed to be user-friendly, the book has an easy-to-follow design, includes more than 60 colour images and is packed with features such as:

  • case studies on a range of films and filmmakers;
  • activities on such films as Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Murnau, 1927, USA), Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958, USA), Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989, USA), We Need to Talk About Kevin (Ramsay, 2011, UK) and Stories We Tell (Polley, 2012, Canada);
  • definitions of key terms; and 
  • suggestions for further reading and website resources.

Matched to the current exam specification, A Level Film Studies: The Essential Introduction covers everything students need to study as part of the course. The book is supported by a companion website at www.alevelfilmstudies.co.uk, offering further advice and activities.


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