Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Hello. I´m Nieves. I would like to know if there is someone who has seen this film. Because I have read this book and it´s fantastic, but I haven´t seen the film yet. And my question is: Have the book and the film the same story? Or similar? Thank you...


Avanzado 1 English said...

I bought this book last week, and I hope to read it soon, shop assistant tell me that it was a bestseller

Avanzado 1 English said...

This book is a story about a nine year old boy struggling to understand what is happening around him in Auschwitz during World War II.

The main character, a nine year-old boy, is the son of a commander near Jewish concentration camps. He has a strong headed sister, Gretel (the Hopeless Case). They live in a five storey mansion, but are one day suddenly moved to a place called Out-with (Auschwitz). Bruno, the boy, outraged by his father's decision to move to Out-with, and desperate to go home, spends his time in his room with no friends. He is also annoyed by the fact that they live in a three storey house instead of their old five-storey mansion, and with such a small space, there isn't any room for exploration (apparently a hobby of Bruno's) to be done. He also misses sliding down the banister in their old house.

In Bruno's bedroom, he spots a fence with people in striped pyjamas behind it from his window. These are the Jews, and they are in a concentration camp. One day his parents come to an agreement that both Bruno and Gretel (his sister) need a tutor for their education so they hire Herr Liszt. To Bruno, Herr Liszt is the most boring teacher one could ever have - because he teaches science (such as geography and history), instead of the arts, which Bruno prefers. So, in boredom and confusion he wonders what is going on in the Out-with and why people are always dressed in striped pyjamas there.

One afternoon he goes exploring. What he finds is a boy, a Jewish boy called Shmuel, a name Bruno has never heard of before but apparently is quite common among Shmuel's own people. He soon becomes Bruno's friend and Bruno goes to see him every afternoon and they talk. Bruno is told by his sister that the people in the striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence are Jews and that he and his family are "the opposite". Shortly after this, Bruno gets a bad case of lice and has to have his head shaved. This makes him look a lot more like his friend Shmuel and he finds himself thinking that it's as if "they weren't all that different, really."

The story ends with Bruno about to leave Out-with and return to his previous home with his mother and sister. As a final adventure, he agrees to dress in a set of striped pyjamas and climb under a loose wire in the fence to help Shmuel find his father who has gone missing in the camp. They do not accomplish this task, and just as it starts to rain and Bruno decides he would like to go home, the people in the area of the camp which the boys are in must go on a 'march'. Neither boy knows where this march will lead. However, they are crowded into an airtight house, where chaos insues.

The book ends with the effects of Bruno's disappearance on his family, and his Father discovering his clothes outside of the fence, while inferring what happened to his son.

A Miramax film adaptation of the novel shot in Budapest between April and June 2007. It stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Sheila Hancock and Rupert Friend.

Avanzado 1 English said...


Avanzado 1 English said...

As I said before I haven't seen the movie, but I found this comments about it for your aids.

The angle of The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas is that the holocaust is seen through a child's eyes and Bruno is oblivious to what is happening around him: the opening credit sequence sees him playing games with friends as people are loaded onto trucks; the concentration camp is a 'farm', the 'farmers' wear 'pyjamas', and housekeeper Pavel "was a doctor but gave it all up to peel potatoes." Okay, so the movie is seen through a child's innocent eyes and you expect some 'Introduction to Nazism' dialogue, but that doesn't excuse the scenes Bruno isn't in: Ralf's mother doesn't keep her displeasure of her son's vocation a secret but is told "airing your views in public could land you in trouble." We all know this aspect of Nazi Germany, but Hermon (the film director) goes about his film as if this was the first time Nazism and concentration camps were captured on celluloid and as a result brings nothing new to the table. His dialogue is very stiff and obvious, as if the writer-director has spent the last few years scripting Kinder Bueno ads. James Horner's melodramatic piano is never far away, underscoring almost every scene just in case we don't know what to feel when watching. It's hard to know whom this film is for: most of us are familiar with Nazism and concentration camps and those who aren't won't have a clue what's going on.