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This may not be the problem, but could it be that you've run out of film. The end of the film is attached to the 35mm film canister. When you run out of film it will prevent the advance level from moving.
I think you have already ruined the film except the frames that are rewind back to the film cartridge. You can take the film out from the camera, push in the rewind button at the bottom, pull out the film from the film take up reel. On the film cartridge, turn on the long tube in the middle clockwise to wind all the film back into the cartridge. If you had the back opened briefly, do manual film rewinding in the dark room.
The film is either at the end or stuck. The shutter will not release unless the film advance lever has gone all the way and back. Make a note of the frame counter. Rewind the film and remove it from the camera (When you feel the film to come loose from the receiving spool, stop rewinding to prevent the end of the film to disappear inside the can. This way you can reload it if it was stuck in the middle.) If the film was completely exposed, take it to be developed. With the empty camera, try to advance the lever and release the shutter. If this works, the problem was the film and not the camera. Everything is fine. If the problem persists, take it to be repaired. If the film was stuck in the middle, load it again into the camera. With the lense cap on (preferably in a dark room or similar) 'shoot' as many 'empty' frames as you had on the counter plus two more. Finish the film and develop the pictures. If the film stucks again at the same place, rewind it and develop normally. It was a bad film. Hope this helped you to solve the problem.
You have a case of AE(auto exposure) Unit faulty or getting bad. It suppose to register as it move within the AE unit according to the exposure calculation but somehow it is broken. Technician usualy replace the AE unit and takes care of the problem. It can also be rebuilt if new parts are not available. This requires complete disassembly and mirror box removal. The average cost of repair probably runs around $100. Yes, "A" mode is correct for most of the shots and it was a state of art electronic system and more computerized than you think. It has 3 IC chips in there for precessing and 1 chip for the exposure. All works together for good. -James
There is a common problem that most A series Canon develop with age. There is a small set of gears that govern the speed of the mirror rising. One gear is brass and becomes dry, (lack of lubrication). You should have the camera serviced by a repair person or there are kits available to DIY. You can find the kits on eBay
Just now saw your problem.....I can repair this for you. No it's not "overwound" you possible have some small piece of plastic that caused your second curtain to get hung up and thus jam the entire camera. I have probably repaired 500 AE-1's with the same problem. Art www.flcamerarepair.com