My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-636 are not ordered yet.
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…
This movie was so brilliant, I hated it. It's message was so powerful and its delivery so realistic that I could not separate myself as an audience member from what unfolded before me on screen. As any holocaust story should, this movie left me in shambles. I had to literally recuperate from the emotional toll this film took. This was done not just through a remarkable screenplay but through wonderful actors (young and old) and beautiful personal imagery.
A great improvement over the book it was based on, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a very well made film with a great cast. It is by no means among the finest or most relevant films made about the Holocaust, but it succeeded incredibly well in sending a clear message, which was its main goal. Many reviewers have remarked that this movie, just like the novel, trivializes the Holocaust to sell it to mass audiences with absolutely no consideration for the seriousness of what it's being dealt with. I disagree since I think that it's not meant to be realistic but somehow it's supposed to unfold in the form a fable, because in several ways this could be…
A Simple film, soft around the edges at first...
The movie is a set up for the ending, which will leave you gutted. This movie really toys with your emotions and makes you think.
It also makes you really really hate Nazis, even more than before.
Really good film with a very heavy setting, cleverly presented here through the innocent viewpoint of an eight year old child.
Watching it for the first time though, I realised that the ending had been spoiled for me a few years ago but that didn't even stop me from enjoying the film.
"Ele costumava ser médico mas desistiu para descascar batatas”
Retoma o capítulo mais horrível da história recente da humanidade para contar uma história, feita sob medida pra emocionar, sobre ingenuidade e a perda da inocência.
Such a brilliant drama.
More than any other Hollywood movie about the Holocaust, here is a film taps into the terrifyingly ubiquitous role that brainwashing and propaganda played in Nazi Germany. Managing a touching and haunting feat as a little oxymoron called an uncompromising family film, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is also far more clever and ballsy than it lets on.
So seltsam das jetzt auch klingen mag, Holocaust-Filme haben auf mich schon immer eine anziehende Wirkung gehabt, einfach weil ich mich schon seit meiner früheren Jugend mit dem Thema so intensiv beschäftigt habe und mich der unaussprechliche Schrecken dieser Zeit gedanklich immer wieder verfolgt. 'Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama', welcher auf dem gleichnamigen Roman fußt, hat dabei einen sehr interessanten Ansatz gefunden, diese schwierige Materie umzusetzen, er reduziert dieses dunkle Kapitel der Geschichte nämlich auf die Perspektive eines 8-jährigen Jungen, der zusammen mit seiner Familie in die Nähe eines Konzentrationslagers zieht, weil sein Vater dort als verantwortlicher Aufseher eingesetzt wird. Im Laufe seiner Streifzüge trifft er auch auf dieses KZ, welches er zu Beginn noch für einen Bauernhof hält, und…
Vera Farmiga has to be the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
- 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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- Come and See
- Zero Day
- Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
- Lilya 4-Ever
Sixty films that I find to be scary, outside of the traditional horror genre.