Film Studies: Holocaust

Film Studies: Holocaust

Film Studies: Holocaust

Question:

Discuss about the Film Studies for Holocaust.

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Introduction

The Holocaust has been one of the most significant historical incidents that resulted in the genocide of at least 6 million European Jews, and consequently considering its importance, a variety of Holocaust movies were being produced, among which The Pianist of 2002 deserves special mention. In the article Introduction to Film, Trauma and Holocaust, the most distinctive and prevalent features of the Holocaust movies have been examined and analyzed. Although previously a variety of movies were being released, revolving around the theme of Holocaust, the aforementioned article is a unique one, as it seeks to analyze the reason behind the impassionate, objective and almost insensitive portrayal of horrific incident of Holocaust that literally took away the lives of a huge number of people. Unlike other articles, this article does not describe the cinematography of the Holocaust themed movies, or strike a comparison among the common plots, but rather analyzes the reason behind impassionate depiction of Holocaust in these films, from a socio-political point of view (Hirsch).

The article states that The Pianist or any Holocaust themed movie, shows its characters display a sense of apathy and indifference to the horrific world where there is nothing certain or assured anymore, and almost everything is on the verge of destruction. Not a single scene in the movie does show, the characters feeling terrified by the impending danger, and the absence melodrama strikes the readers hard. As Szpilman, in the movie, returns from the radios station, he along with his family discovers the news that a war is to be launched on Germany, and yet they start laughing. The scene is quite significant, as the article points out (page 5) that the use of melodrama befits ordinary tragic tales, and the depiction of a grandly tragic incident through Melodrama only serves to undermine the tragic horror. Herein lays the reason behind impassionate portrayal of the scenes in the movie. Again, another important point mentioned in page 6 of the article is that though the characters undergo incredible pain of loss and destruction, the characters in the Holocaust movies

Film Studies: Holocaust