Task 3A: Features of quality films

In Task 3A you are asked to use two quotes to discuss what characterises a quality film and illustrate your points with examples from a film/films you have studied.

As we cannot choose for you which film (s) to use to illustrate your points, we will only help you discuss the quotes and give you some general points on features of a quality film.

Financial success

The first quote is by American film actor and writer John Paul Cusack and suggests that the quality of a film is indicated by its financial success: “The film is not a success until it makes money. It's only good when there's a dollar figure attached to the box office.”

The quote can be interpreted in two ways: as a personal opinion or as an ironic remark. As a personal opinion, it suggests that John Cusack believes that it is the public who decides whether a film is good or not, and this can only be measured in terms of money, of how many people pay to see a given film.

But the quote could also be interpreted as a sad remark suggesting that filmmakers...



The second quote is by American actor, director, producer and writer, Orson Welles, and suggests that the quality of a film depends on directing, filming and scripting which should be done as if by a “poet”, which can be seen as a metaphor for artistry in general: “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”


Characteristics of a quality film

Still, in general, there are a few overall characteristics which can be taken into account when evaluating a film:

  • The technical editing and quality of the video


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