The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas: Personal Response To The Film And Novel

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‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a 2006 novel by Irish novelist John Boyne; this is his fourth novel, and the first he has written for children. My classmates and I have read the book and watched the trailer of its newly releasing movie. And I have to say, this novel is really remarkable. The novel truly engages the reader completely into the book and it’s difficult to put down. “Believe me”!!.......the trailer is all the more brilliant, with a high standard quality and exceptionally mind capturing images.

‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is told through the eyes of an eight year old boy shielded from the reality of World War II.
Bruno is growing up in Berlin, but moves to Auschwitz during World War II, sets out to explore the place around him. The novel also involves the horrific part of history; the holocaust.

Bruno is irritated and shocked when he’s told they’re moving from Berlin but being a very naive boy doesn’t understand why their family has to leave. The story follows on as Bruno sets out from his house in Auschwitz to explore and finds a boy the same age as him sitting on the ground, on the other side of a fence. His name is Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp, but Bruno believes the camp is just a farm. Their friendship cements but is separated by a barbed wire.

Bruno’s father is a Nazi commandant, but Bruno never seems to understand what his father’s job is. For Bruno he’s just a loving father, but the truth isn’t hidden for long, as we soon realize Bruno’s father is the most merciless and cruel man there could ever be.

A lot of consideration was put into this novels appropriateness for children; it was thought parents might have to explain the Holocaust; however it was decided that because the book is told in a suble way, children would begin to gather knowledge themselves about the Holocaust.

The film of this first rate excellent novel is directed by Mark Herman and is set in a studio in Budapest Hungary, and was filmed between April and June 2007. The film is a production of a company called Miramax. The role of Bruno is played by actor Asa Butterfield who is the main protagonist in the movie. The film crew experienced some problems finding a house that would be suitable in the film, so they had to build one. Latest technology is used in the scenes to make them look extra special ( e.g. camera angles, lightings etc) , settings and lightings in the movie make it so exceptional for example in the scene where the wife and husband are arguing, the light projects a darker shadow creating an intense feeling.

At the start of the trailer, the background soundtrack is very calm and soothing, but as the minutes of the trailer increase, the build up of tension and quickness in the soundtrack increases too, loud instruments and sharpness of the sound are formed and the instruments are all played at the same time near to the end of the trailer where the upsetting ending happens, the instrument...

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