A wonderful 'close study' text which I am sure will prove very popular. As with any film study however, it is crucial that it is treated with the same analytical emphasis as literary texts. Close knowledge and understanding about the complexity of the medium itself is necessary before any specific film study begins. Hopefully film literacy skills have been developed by the end of the Preliminary course so that most time can be spent on 'A Beautiful Mind' itself and refining the meta-language and filmic components to determine what gives the film its 'distinctive' qualities.
“As students view a film, we want them to pay special attention to those areas of the film we consider important and to draw conclusions from their experience with the film. Only then does a passive viewer become active; for by thinking about the film’s content, the student is interacting with the film."-Resch and Schnicker
The cinematic representation codes must be understood by teachers as a pre-requisite if students are to really understand how to 'read' a film properly. I stumbled across the following diagram several years ago and it serves as a good entry point for understanding of filmic representation codes.
The way in which the story is put together, and how the sequence you are analysing moves the story along.
How the images are put together - lighting, camera angles, shot composition, editing, any special effects
The thinking behind the images - how settings (location, colour), characters, costumes, props etc (the re-presentation of reality) create meaning
The way in which sound adds to the images through dialogue, music and sound effects.