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…
A little boring but the story is very emotional and hold such strong connotations of war within the eyes of a child who knows no better than that. The ending is so sad and you really think everything is going to be okay. Lived up to the book.
Drama time in Cinemask Night...with ciciskomm...
so explained this period atmosphere...
"Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows."
Apesar de ser contada a partir da perspectiva de uma criança, O Menino do Pijama Listrado é tão devastador quanto qualquer filme sobre o Holocausto poderia ser. Com um desfecho imerso em dor e terror, nos leva a refletir sobre quem são as verdadeiras vítimas pelos erros de julgamento que cometemos.
No movie/book or any records of history on holocaust can depict the horrors of it in full perspective. Like every other horror on earth, it can only be felt, remembered only by those who have been thorough it, if they had come out alive.
"The Boy in the striped pajamas" tries to convey the horrors of holocaust through the eyes of an eight year old boy who befriends another an eight year old, across a forbidden territory and portrays the subsequent consequences of it. Bruno, the chief protagonist, in his bluish eyes and adventurous spirit amazes one with his excellent acting.
Unlike the novel, the movie has (smartly?)! removed those scenes where Bruno has no idea of understanding the words…
A really unique perspective on the holocaust, surprising in its ability to allow the audience to enter into the experiences of its characters- very powerful
I almost cried.
Damnit, that was emotional.
watched this on a plane.
did you hear that story about the death of the son of a german concentration camp guard? yeah, it's super tragic. he accidentally walked into the showers with all the jewish prisoners and died along with them. how terrible for that family.
oversimplification to be sure, but that was my immediate reaction while watching this.
also, they're british, not german, which means someone was aiming for prestige. oscar bait schlock with a skewed sense of perspective.
good intentions and a number of good scenes/performances, but that probably just makes it worse.
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