Visual representations of the Holocaust in North America and Europe

Bates, Ashley Jonathan (2012) Visual representations of the Holocaust in North America and Europe. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is an examination of how the Holocaust is represented on screen in relation to the country of origin of the film and the director’s nationality. The main films that will be discussed are Schindler’s List (Spielberg, 1993), Downfall (Hirschbiegel, 2004) and Night and Fog (Resnais, 1955), but other film will be discussed also. I will highlight how North American films are glamorised while European films focus on the victim that is often ignored in the United States. Furthermore I will discuss if documentary films are more accurate in their representation. I will conclude that there is no perfect Holocaust film, with film having its own strengths as well as weaknesses. I will finally conclude that the whole Holocaust narrative cannot be confined to one film regardless of length.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 15:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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