To what extent does popular film soften the reality of the Holocaust?

King, Bianca Margaret (2015) To what extent does popular film soften the reality of the Holocaust? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation addresses different form of Holocaust representation within popular culture in order to evaluate which give the most 'accurate' depiction of the genocide of the Jews. The continued emergence of the Holocaust into public consciousness has demonstrated its importance within modem society. Despite the questioning of ethics in regards to recreating images of the 'unimaginable', the Holocaust has provided scope for a wealth of creative material with various forms of Holocaust representation.
    Divided into three chapters, this dissertation explores survivor testimony, American film, and European documentary. Particular reference is made to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and Claude Lanzmann's Shoah which have been canonized as the two 'best' films to be made on the Holocaust. This dissertation examines the effect Americanisation has had on Holocaust representation, particularly through Schindler's List, and to what extent these forms portray an 'historically accurate' depiction of the Holocaust.
    After conducting analyses of testimony and the films aforementioned, the conclusion offers insight into the more 'accurate' forms of Holocaust representation such as testimony and documentary and evaluates how films such as Schindler 's List soften the reality for its viewers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 11:12
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 11:12
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22729

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