Roman Polanski’s The Pianist tells the story about a Polish Jew pianist living in Warsaw during the German occupation of Poland. The story follows his life during the Holocaust, hiding from place to place in his Nazi-filled city. Roman Polanski made this film to show the cruelties that are commonly associated with the Holocaust. This tragedy caused some people to take measures to save themselves from being sent to their deaths in the German camps. Along with this, some non-Jews decided to assist Jews that are close to them by giving them a place to hide from the Nazis.
Night, by Elie Wiesel, and Life is Beautiful, directed by Roberto Benigni and Vincenzo Cerami, portray the hardships and tortures of the concentration camps by showing how the Jews held onto their beliefs and faith in order to survive. Therefore, prisoners in the concentration camps had a better chance of surviving the Holocaust if they had faith in themselves and their families survival even if they went through many hardships. During
In Polanski 's Carnage many observations are made of society, both good and bad, and these observations are explored and portrayed by formal elements. These observations would include the masks one wears in society, the role of woman in society, technology, careers as well as the formal elements which portray these observations such as the apartment and its significance as well as type of shots in the film. In society there is an unsaid pressure to be a certain way such as to be happy and be 'perfect ' in every way which forces people to act in a certain way that is not natural to them. A façade is then created, and it is often said that the individual creating this façade is wearing a mask. The film explores this and ultimately proves that
This accounts for the use of realism during “Prisoner on the Hell planet”. Lastly, the Holocaust affected millions of Jews. The use of mice to represent the characters makes the story more impersonal. By using iconic faces, Spiegelman emphasizes the idea that the Jews were vermin to the Nazi’s but were still humans, and that many people shared similar experiences during World War II, but the most personal experience that Art and Vladek shared was the suicide of Art’s mother, Anja.
This is especially the case in Guillermo del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth, which juxtaposes fairy tale elements with aspects of Franco era Spain to explore some of its realities in greater detail. By comparing the evils of Vidal and of Ofelia’s fantasy world Del Toro presents the atrocities of Franco era Spain’s Fascist leadership. By contrasting the shapes, colors, and cleanliness of the two worlds, he presented some of the more basic principles of the Fascist regime, and by placing symbolic objects throughout the film, Del Toro emphasizes their symbolic importance to Vidal and again to the Fascist regime. Even with all of these comparisons, however, it is still impossible to determine for a fact if Ofelia’s make believe world was real or
The propaganda film mainly contrasts the so-called lives of the “rich” and poor Jews living within the Warsaw ghetto, and through such claims that “while Jews live in luxury, they share nothing with the hungry.” After briefly describing “Das Ghetto”, A Film Unfinished interweaves footage from the silent black and white propaganda film with personal accounts and testimonies. It is through these personal accounts and testimonies that the viewer is able to see how much of Nazi produced footage is staged. For example, at one point there is footage of an apartment with quite lavish furniture and
W Murnau, an openly gay, leftist intellectual and screenwriter Henrik Galeen, a Galician Jew, set out to make Nosferatu an anti semitic film. Lotte Eisner makes no mention of antisemitism in The Haunted Screen, while Siegfried Kracauer likens Orlok to the type of tyrant that brings chaos that the German people were drawn to at the time i.e Hitler (both authors are Jewish incidentally). That is not to say that Murnau and Galeen were unaware of the anti semitism in Dracula, as Nosferatu’s appearance is largely faithful to Stoker’s description. What seems more plausible is that Nosferatu is an exploration of the effects of war on Germany. After World War 1, Germany was devastated, millions were dead and wounded and Germans had to cope with paying back enormous reparations which crippled the economy.
Spielberg does and incredible job of showing just how horrible that invasion really was and the sacrifice that was made by thousands of Americans. He also does a very good job of showing the effects of the war on the men that fought it, such as Captain Millers hand shaking uncontrollably and Private Ryan’s questioning whether he lived a good enough life to be worthy of the sacrifices made for him. The film as a primary source of World War 2 and especially the D-Day invasion is very accurate. The costumes and scenes depicting a war ravaged France are also very
Night and Day In the great history of man, there is no event committed as gut-wrenchingly ignoble as the Holocaust. Therefore, conveying the devastation and emotional trauma on a believable and personal level is a sign of fantastic writing, which can be seen in Elie Wiesel’s Night. Moreover, to take this awful situation and put an almost light-hearted twist on it is also increasable, which is seen in the film “Life is Beautiful.” Accordingly, both of these mediums portray main characters that are in concentration camps, but present them in varying ways that create stories that feel completely different. There are similarities and differences to be found in the stories through God’s provisions, the father/son relationships, and their tones.
The Holocaust-related plays, movies and books that have been read and watched thus far in the semester have left us, the students, with more questions than answers. By depicting the events as accurately as these playwrights and filmmakers have, the reader/viewer is then able to understand, in detail, the horrific acts of torture that the victims had to endure. With an accurate picture of the events of the Holocaust in their mind, the reader/viewer then can start to question how can a human being can commit such horrific acts of cruelty upon their fellow man or how a divine entity can allow something so terrible happen to the people that believe in them the most; questions with virtually impossible answers. For instance, in Amen, the filmmaker focuses on the unwillingness of Pope Pius XII to speak out against Hitler and the Third Reich even though several reputable individuals made him aware of the extermination and the forced labor that the Jewish people had to experience. When Lieutenant Gerstein first confronted the Pope with evidence of the victimization that was occurring in the concentration camps, he was against helping because he believed that Gerstein’s uniform symbolized his undying belief in and admiration of Hitler.