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A2 Film Studies

Morecambe Community High School

FM4: Urban Stories ­ Power, Poverty, Conflict



Case Study: La Haine (1995, France)


La Haine ( Hate) Mathieu Kassowitz, 1995
Production Companies

Cofinergie 6

Canal+

Polygram Filmed Entertainment

Egg Pictures

Les Productions Lazennec

Kasso Inc. Productions

La Sept Cinéma

Studio Image

Distributed by…

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took place a night before, a police officer lost his handgun in the ensuing madness, only to
leave it for Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz
vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the…

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cannon who threatens to explode at any moment. The camerawork echoes the edginess of
the group.

Comment on aspects of the camerawork that you particularly notice during the
film. What gives it a documentary feel and how does the camera convey the mounting
tension between the friends and the world…

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How does the music in the film and the camerawork make the film a youth film? Is the
success of the film bound up with these two aspects?

The time span of the film is a day. How does this affect the tension and behaviour of the
characters? Does it…

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The Ticking clock?

The Opening Narration?

The homage to American culture and films

The Monochrome cinematography

The Edith Piaf / NWA Sound sequence

The Surreal cow sequence

The riot footage

The Bob Marley song Burning and Looting.

The torture sequence

The Visit to Snoopy's apartment



The Eiffel Tower sequence

The…

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Chungking Express (Kar Wai Wong, Hong Kong, 1994)

There will be four different sections in Part A of the exam but you can ignore three of them,
you only have to answer one question and it's the one on Urban Stories. There will be two
questions and you need to…

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questions you would consider if you were to take this work further, or what other films would
be interesting to compare these to in an expanded study, and why.

So, for example, if you have a question about Narrative, you could have your main
paragaraphs about...

Narrative time ­ 24…

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Use of Sound



· The music that is used in the films has been well chosen to have a great impact on the
meaning and response within the films, linking in to the social and historical context as well
as informing the audience about the characters .. write about music's…

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falling from a building and expecting bad things ahead as well as having the connotations of a
bomb that is about to go off, which is the feeling of those people who live on the estate.

· At the beginning of City of God we hear a knife being sharpened…

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· In La Haine the contrast of the city of Paris and the suburbs or banlieues is quite clear,
not only in the streets and attitudes of the police but also in the living conditions of the
habitants. Vinz's house where he shares a bedroom with his sister can be…

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