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Bfi edu tfms_worldcinema_ws04

  1. 1. worksheet 4 European cinema 1 List the British films you are familiar with. Why do you consider them to be British? Is it because they were set in the UK, featured British actors, had a British director, were funded by the British Film Council or British film studio, and/or have a particularly British ‘look’? 2 To what extent do you think that British films have specifically national characteristics? 3 You may have seen films by British directors Mike Leigh (such as Secrets and Lies, 1995, UK and All or Nothing, 2002, UK/France) or Ken Loach (such as Sweet Sixteen, 2002, UK). Both directors have received funding from all over Europe, are well known there and frequently win awards at European film festivals. To what extent could they be classified as European directors? 4 List some films that you are familiar with (perhaps from your course so far) that you would describe as European. What European countries do they come from? When you watch them what particular national characteristics as films do you think they have, if any? 5 To what extent should national cinema industries aim the films they make at their domestic audiences or at the wider market? What are the pros and cons, in terms of the critical and financial success of these industries, of aiming at a national or an international audience? 6 When you watch films from Europe (and elsewhere in the world) you are likely to notice references to US popular culture, such as American films and music, and products, such as Coca-Cola and McDonalds. What do you make of this?©bfi Education 2004Page 1 of 1 World Cinema

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