Life is Beautiful vs. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Holocaust was a mass genocide of the Jewish people that will always be remembered by not only Jews, but the world as a whole. Adolf Hitler, in his own cruel way, wanted to make the world a better place at the cost of their extermination, as well as others he thought were inferior to his superior, Aryan, race. Over six million Jewish people were killed in his unsuccessful attempt. However, he was successful in making a long lasting, detrimental imprint on society. With every historical event, movies are created to depict the horrors and sadness of those involved and affected. The movies, Life is Beautiful and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, are two of many films portraying what took place during the Holocaust. In different ways, both movies bring forth the emotions of the unfortunate Holocaust.
Life is Beautiful takes place in 1930’s Italy before it became a Fascist state. The first half of the movie is whimsical, filled with slapstick and light humor, which is not likely for a movie centered on the Holocaust. The film stars Guido, his love interest, Dora, and later on child. Guido is an Italian Jew who has charisma and charm. Dora, or princess as Guido affectionately calls her, is not Jewish and comes from a wealthy, aristocratic family. As the film progresses in the second half, World War II has begun as well as the chastisement of the Jews. Guido and his child are forced to go to a concentration camp. Dora, even though she is not a Jew, demands to go with them. The sad events of the Holocaust take place, but it is not depicted in the gruesome context as it truly is and was. Although light-hearted, the emotions that were inflicted on the Jews in this movie still came across.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a dark, eerie drama on the Holocaust. It conveys real emotions on both sides of the spectrum, not only the Jews. The main characters are two eight year-old boys, Bruno and Shumuel. There is not...