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AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section A The Wolf of Wall Street Exemplar

| Wednesday March 19, 2014

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AQA AS Media Studies Unit 1 (MEST1)

Section A Texts, Concepts and Contexts

Answer all questions in Section A.

Read the information and the four questions below. You will be shown a media product three times. In between viewings you should make notes in response to the questions below in the space provided. These notes will not be marked. You should spend approximately 15 minutes answering each question in Section A. You should support your answers with evidence from the media product.

In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. (imdb.com, 2014)

1. Media Institutions

How does the film trailer portray America and capitalism as an institution? (12 marks)

Level 4 (10-12 marks)

Thorough knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ways in which capitalism and America was portrayed, demonstrated by detailed reference to the text and confident use of media terminology.

Notes to consider:

  • Introduction of Belfort. (Mid conversation, mid shots, sharing his success with the audience.) Seemingly unassuming introduction. The average everyday man buying into the institution of the American dream – Belfort almost becoming an institution in himself once he manages to realise this dream.
  • Voice over – narrating his own story to support his believe in the ‘land of opportunity’
  • Inserts of text and symbols of power in America for example ‘Wall Street’ and an institution of western and international trade
  • Yellow – almost used at times as a health and safety warning foreshadowing the fallacy of the American Dream and that things often go wrong
  • Key references to icons such as the bull – ‘running of the bulls’
  • Living the American Dream – starting from...

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