Vertigo l1 exam requirements intro to canonical status
FM4 – SECTION C CLOSE STUDYHITCHCOCK’S VERTIGO
Exam requirements• Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (A01 and A02, 30 marks) – One question to be answered from a choice of two questions general to all films and – a specific question set for each film prescribed.
Vertigo’s canonical status• What is a canon? • rules or principles established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy • Examples that are deemed by critics to meet those rules and principles then take on canonical status• What is a film canon? • A limited group of films that serve as the measuring stick for the highest quality in the genre of film. • Chosen by critics and therefore elitist but, different groups of critics will have different opinions• Why has Vertigo achieved canonical status? • Seen to exemplify the achievements of studio system Hollywood film production • Mastering of film form - camerawork, editing, special effects, score and use of mise-en-scene • Complexity of narrative, plot and themes
Key Issues– Historical context– Narrative structure– Characters– Key sequences– Film form – especially cinematography (pure cinema) & mise-en- scene– Key debates we will consider in the unit: • Spectatorship • Critical Reception • Film canon • Representation of men and women • Scottie as everyman • Feminist & Psychoanalytical theory • Marxist theory – the film and it’s stars as a cultural commodity but deeper messages about class, gender and ethnicity • Auteur Theory
What you need to do...• Knowledge of some of the different critical responses provoked by the chosen film• an appreciation of the film’s status from a consensus view that it is: – stylistically innovative – a significant auteur work, or – a major contribution to the way we think theoretically about film.• Understanding of the issues underlying diverse critical reception: – theme – Style – structure.• An appreciation of how one or more critical approaches has enhanced understanding and appreciation of the chosen film.