Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

6 September 2010

I recently watched the British film "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". I thought "Boy" did an excellent job of portraying the impact of nationalism, Nazi racial ideology about Jews, and German blindness about the evil in their midst all in a kind of fairy tale that begins in richness and light and deteriorates into darkness and death by films end. Director Mark Herman (Little Voice, Brassed Off) and his DP Benoît Delhomme did a nice job of representing this transition from light to darkness in the mise-en-scene by wrapping the film in light and blindness at the beginning and then bleeding the colour and light out as the film as it progresses. "Boy's" Nazis are truly frightening in their "normality" and in their eventual "brutality". Excellent film.

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