Books and Movies Reviews

the search for justice

Life is Beautiful can be described as a tragicomedy which portrays the Holocaust as a game which can be won if you don't get caught.This film was written and produced by Roberto Benigni in 1998.The film Escape from Sobibor was written by Richard Rashke and produced in 1987.It was based on a true story that the Nazi's couldn't hide.
I chose both movies because of the different views they portrayed of the Holocaust.It seems that in both movies, survival and hope are the two strongest characteristics of the Jewish people.Each movie depicts this in a different way.
Robert Benigni portrays the Nazi concentration camp as a game with his son in order to shelter him from the cruel aspects of the camp, where as in the Escape from Sobibor, the main goal is to escape the cruelty of the camp.
Life is Beautiful is a fictional movie based on the surrounding facts of the Holocaust.Escape from Sobibor is a true story written by a survivor himself.In Life is Beautiful, the most meaningful aspects of the movie were the conversations Benigni had with his son.It shows how far the father would go to protect his son and the love he had for him.It allowed you to feel the compassion of the situation despite the Nazi concentration camp. This story was written from a paternal perspective yet still being able to identify with the images of the Holocaust.This movie showed me how to live life positively.It shows how even in the worst situations you can still laugh and still love.
Escape from Sobibor allowed you to feel the desperation and hopelessness of the Jewish people.It was written from the Jewish prisoners' perspective and portrayed their determination to obtain their freedom they once had. The movie showed a perspective that is not widely known.Sobibor is a little known concentration camp and the events surrounding it are not known either. Watching the people get off the train, knowing that they we…


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