hThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas- Analysis
The movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas explores numerous facets of the concept of belonging including belonging with family, friends and place. The film mainly centers on a wealthy family living in luxury in Germany during the Holocaust period and is told from the point of view of an innocent eight-year-old boy Bruno. Through the central character’s interactions with his family, friends and neighborhood, insight is gained into the extent with which Bruno feels a sense of belonging in each of those aspects.
A sense of belonging in place is a chief aspect explored in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Bruno’s feelings of affinity with the neighborhood he grew up in is made evident from the beginning, through a scene of him and his friends running through the streets of Berlin with their arms out and making aeroplane noises. A high angle shot is used and the boys’ winding movements are mimicked by a tracking shot which serves to emphasis the carefree nature of childhood innocence and their obliviousness to the horrors occurring elsewhere. Bruno’s playfulness and exuberant facial expression denotes the sense of belonging he feels with his friends as well as the place in which he is playing. Gentle piano music accompanies this scene which exudes a sense of calm through its soaring, uplifting melody and resonant tone to suggest how much Bruno is enjoying his game. A short while later, the music takes on an increasingly precarious tone when Nazi officers are shown gathering Jewish families and roughly herding them into the back of trucks. The young boys, due to their protective barrier of naivety and innocence, fail to acknowledge the true nature behind such events. The physically aggressive manner with which the Jews are being treated suggests they are not wanted in that area and consequently would experience a sense of alienation and rejection. The sense of security which was initially portrayed is now contrasted through...
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