[QUOTE=JStokes;4211382]Was good, yes? Nothing controversial, they didn't feel the need to throw in some gratuitous dramatic clash, just a simple powerful look at how a soldier's body is transported home.
Teens should be required to see it. Not that it's a selling tool for the armed forces, but because they should see what these soldiers are giving up for us all.
We all liked the film, including my son, who is 13. Like you, I appreciated the film's direct approach in telling the story simply and without the hackneyed Hollywood histrionics. My one criticism is that I wanted to know more about Chance. Again, thanks for recommending it.
[QUOTE=Borgoguy;4211393]We all liked the film, including my son, who is 13. Like you, I appreciated the film's direct approach in telling the story simply and without the hackneyed Hollywood histrionics. My one criticism is that I wanted to know more about Chance. Again, thanks for recommending it.[/QUOTE]
They are making "Taking Chance 2:The Prequel" so you're in luck.
+1 on "Taking Chance", an amazingly powerful and moving film, one (shockingly) without any real political statement involved.
+1/-1 on "Striped Pajamas". It's not that it's a bad film, it's just....well, it promotes the idea of "Good Germans Who Just Didn't Know", which is a flat out histroic lie in the majority. There is zero chance the wife and child of a Camp Candant wouldn't know what was up.
[QUOTE]The premise of the book - that the camp would have a child of Shmuel's age - is, according to some critics, an unacceptable fabrication that does not reflect the reality of life in the camps. However, John Boyne stated that some Jews under the age of 18 were sent to work for a few months, and then killed. According to statistics from the Labour Assignment Office, Auschwitz-Birkenau contained 619 living male children from one month to fourteen years old on August 30, 1944. On January 14, 1945, 773 male children were registered as living at the camp. "The oldest children were sixteen, and fifty-two were less than eight years of age." "Some children were employed as camp messengers and were treated as a kind of curiosity, while every day an enormous number of children of all ages were killed in the gas chambers."
Rabbi Benjamin Blech said: "This book is not just a lie and not just a fairytale, but a profanation." His chief complaint is that it supports the idea that ordinary people were unaware of the horrors of the Nazis' mass extermination of Jews. He argues that everyone for miles around could smell the stench of death and expresses doubt that the 8-year-old son of a Nazi official could be unaware of what a Jew is (or whether he himself is one). He writes, "Note to the reader: There were no 8-year-old Jewish boys in Auschwitz -- the Nazis immediately gassed those not old enough to work. Additionally, the Auschwitz death camp was surrounded by electric fences, making any attempts to crawl in through a gap in the fence difficult and improbable."[/QUOTE]
It was a very good book/movie, just too contrived and too forgiving IMO.