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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Review

By Ellie Taney
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Ellie Taney

on 6 January 2013

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Transcript of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Review

A Review Mark Herman's Strategies An Actor's Tactics Asa Butterfield played Bruno in this movie. He had lots of emotion when he played Bruno, especially in moments that were crucial to the movie and the development of the plot. A Strong, Human Spirit During the movie, Bruno was constantly being told what to believe. His tutor, his father, and his sister all strongly believed that what the Third Reich and Hitler were doing was the right thing. They also believed that Jews and all other people that did not fit Hitler's criteria needed to be exterminated. However, Bruno knew that what everyone was telling him to believe was not right. Even though many people told him that Jews were dirty, mean, and selfish , he was conscious that those labels did not fit the Jews that he knew. The Jews that he knew were nice, kind, normal people. Although he chose to believe the opposite of everyone else, he persevered and stuck with his beliefs that Jews were not bad like everyone said. Even after his tutor began teaching him and his sister all sorts of propaganda, he did not submit to it. Although his sister all of a sudden was a big fan of Hitler, he stayed quiet because he did not believe his tutor's teachings. This shows how his conscience, his human spirit, made sure that he would persevere and stick with his own beliefs, because he knew in his mind that they were the right ones. He did not care that what he thought was ¨wrong¨. He knew that what he believed was right, and that was all that mattered to him. The Boy in the
Striped Pajamas During the movie, I noticed a few strategies that the director used. These strategies provoked emotion by showing the brutality of the Nazis, how oblivious the people outside of the camps were to what was going on inside the camps, and more. 1. The director made sure that we would have an emotional connection to the old man who worked in the house by having him help Bruno when he got hurt. Then, when he spilled the wine accidentally and the soldier beat him, it provoked emotion in the viewer. The director wanted us to see exactly how brutal and merciless the soldiers would be to even the most innocent people- in this case, the old man. However, this brutality did not just happen sporadically in the actual concentration camps. It would happen for any reason, from sneezing during role call to not working fast enough. 2. The director made sure that the viewers were aware of how oblivious the people outside of the camps were to what was going on inside the camps. He did this by showing Bruno watching a propaganda film about the camps. The film depicted the camp as a fun place where you had freedom and were treated well. This led Bruno to think that his friend didn't have it that bad, which probably helped Bruno decide to disguise himself and go into the camp. This is a small example of how unaware the people who were not in the camps were to the actual conditions of the camps. Little films similar to the one Bruno saw reached many people. Everyone who viewed those films probably thought the same thing as Bruno- that the camps were actually pleasant! The director wanted us to see how ignorant so many people were at the time because of these propaganda films. This strategy that he used made the viewers feel bad for Bruno´s ignorance, because he was completely unaware of the horrors that were going on in the camps. By Ellie Taney An acting tactic that he used was that he did a very good job of portraying an innocent little boy who was oblivious to the abuses that were happening literally next door. For example, when the old man was helping him after he got hurt, Asa made sure that he was not tense when his leg was being wrapped, like he would have been if his character knew that a ¨dirty Jew¨ was helping him. Instead, he remained relaxed.

Asa Butterfield used this acting tactic to show that his character truly believed that the people next door were mere farmers. He made sure that he remained really relaxed to show that he thought that just another person was being nice and helping him with his injury. He made sure not to be tense because if he had seemed uptight or uncomfortable, his body language would not correspond with his character´s belief that the people next door were normal people. Overall Review Overall, I thought that The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was a very good movie. I thought that the director did a very good job staying true to the era, by using old-fashioned clothes, cars, furniture, hairstyles, and more. I thought that Asa Butterfield did an amazing job playing Bruno, and that he used a fantastic amount of emotion/acting tactics. I thought that the director communicated the ideas of the Holocaust really well, and I also thought that he did a really good job showing the viewers exactly how brutal this event actually was. I think he also showed how powerful the human spirit can be very well, which is hard to do, especially in a movie about the Holocaust where so many people turned a blind eye to what was happening at the time. What Does Mark Want Us to Learn? I think that the director, Mark Herman, wants us to learn a few things after viewing this movie. The first thing that he wants us to learn is that the Holocaust is something not to be forgotten. Even though the Holocaust is one of the most horrific things that the human race has ever had to encounter, I think that he also made this movie to show that we should never forget this event, because if we do, there could be a repeat in history.

Another thing that Mark Herman wants us to learn is that you should try to think of things from another person's perspective. In the movie, Bruno's father did not care about the people in the concentration camp. He did not look at things from their perspective, even though he knew how bad the conditions were there. Only when his own son was killed did he realize the horror that most of the parents in the camps had to go through when they found out that their child was killed. If he had looked at things from the people who were in the camp's perspective, he would have seen that he should be treating everyone better and should not kill hundreds of people a day without giving it another thought. Mark Herman wants us to realize that you should look at the world from someone else's perspective, because it will help you become a better person. By doing this, you can see someone else's viewpoint, and you can learn some things about yourself, too. Holocaust
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