My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
I teach English in the Netherlands and one of the things that has always bothered me is the fact that this generation of kids here just doesn't read anymore. They don't read Dutch novels, let alone English ones. Each year there are maybe a handful of students in their exam year who actually enjoy reading and read novels other than the ones they have to read for school.
One of the traits of modern education is a somewhat exaggerated focus on the stragglers, the ones that need that bit of extra help to reach the goals set for the completion of their career in education. While I think that this is most certainly necessary, I do feel that this often…
Exploring the horrors of the darkest period in human history & told from the viewpoint of an 8-year old boy, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a strong, heartfelt story of a forbidden friendship formed between a German boy of a Nazi official & a Jewish boy in an extermination camp and it's the evolution of their innocent relationship only that makes this film work.
Slow yet engaging in its narration, very well directed, elegantly photographed, nicely edited, wonderfully performed & calmly scored, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a simple yet effective Holocaust drama that manages to grasp your attention throughout its runtime and delivers a final twist so powerful & haunting that it's gonna leave you completely astounded, speechless & devastated in the end.
He used to be a doctor once, but gave it all up to peel potatoes.
Based on John Boyne's 2006 novel of the same name we follow Bruno, an eight year old child of a concentration camp commandant, as he makes his own assumptions of what the camp and it's prisoners are as no one is prepared to explain it to him. He makes friends with an 8 year old Jewish boy as he wonders why the farmers on the other side of the fence work in their pajamas.
Bruno makes assumptions on what the camp is because even though it is now walking distance from their new home, no one seems willing to tell him what's going on.…
When I first saw this movie, it got to me. It made me feel like shit. At the time, I interpreted that as meaning this was an emotionally powerful movie. Upon further reflection, I've realized what it really means: this movie is a morally bankrupt, absolutely reprehensible piece of shit.
What is the single best ways to toy with an audience's emotions?
Kill a kid.
This movie does it twice. Ooh, how bold. How daring. This movie is really impressive because it doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of war, right?
Oh, wait, wrong. Because the movie isn't saying anything. Really, what is it saying? World War 2 was bad? Innocence fucks people over? Okay. We get it. What…
I went into this film expecting it to be tragic because its about Auschwitz. There are no happy-go-lucky films about Auschwitz. So I fully expected Jews to die, regardless of their age, and I didn't think the effect would as devastating as in other films. Mainly because of the focus being on a small German boy, a son of a Nazi death camp commandant. The last act packs an enormous emotional wallop that I wasn't really prepared for. Its depressing as hell. I do like that the film acts as a metaphor for the German people during the Holocaust. Some were naive, regardless of what they were exposed to. That's the positivity of humanity. Trying…
7/10: A devastating story that depicts how childhood innocence is oblivious to the horror of the Holocaust. All the cast speak English with heavy British accent. If this is in German, I would give it a higher rating.
Heartbreaking, though slightly less eloquent than the novel it's based on, 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' is a cinematically beautiful, historically accurate, completely moving tribute to the children of the Holocaust.
A haunting and rather rare point of view of one of the most atrocious historical events in history. As the child of a high-ranked Nazi, eight year old Bruno is blissfully naive of the mass genocide ensuing around him, right up until he is killed in the middle of it all.
Most often, when I think of Nazi Germany, I generalize everyone as demonic amoral sociopaths. 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' gives an interesting insight concerning how unaware most people were, and how easy it was for those who were aware to ignore the despicable occurrences -- or, better yet, use their ignorance to dehumanize the humans they were allowing to be systematically slaughtered. Basically I hate every blonde…
A surprisingly good WWII story told from the POV of a Nazi child growing up unaware of the genocide his father was a part of. It's a well made film with strong production design and stirring performances from the boys. There were many moments when I was blown away by the everyday details that made it feel so real and poignant. Definitely another great entry in the war drama genre.
Film #1 of the 100 Movie Challenge
Well, that was very sad indeed. Not only is this film handled very maturely, but it's also in an incredibly powerful way. Plus it's sad. Very very freaking sad. Damn you movie, damn you.
This film has such a powerful message, and that it tells of this horrific point in time through the ignorant eyes of a child is brilliant. The statement is a perfect example of how social construction can be our ultimate shortcoming as the human race. It's a fantastic film with a subtly profound message.
I know there are many people who consider this a powerful film, but I thought it was a ludicrous, insulting Holocaust edition of Kids Say the Darndest Things with a ludicrous, insulting ending. I honestly wish I had never watched it.
Still recovering from that ending.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- 101 Dalmatians
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- A Matter of Life and Death
- A Town Called Panic
- The Addams Family
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