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Essay Title: "The directors of The Triumph Of The Will, Cabaret, Schindler's List and The Lion King lead the audience to respond emotionally to the Nazis through a range of filming techniques" - 1499 Words

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Essay Title: "The directors of The Triumph Of The Will, Cabaret, Schindler's List and The Lion King lead the audience to respond emotionally to the Nazis through a range of filming techniques" - 1499 Words Why are people still so fascinated and emotionally enthralled by the Nazis? I think it is because of the "horror factor" which is similar to scary films. You ask yourself how a human can do such things as the Nazis did and the same question is asked in psychological horror films. In this essay, I will discuss the films Triumph of the Will, Schindler's List, Cabaret and The Lion King, and how they portray the Nazis, and what techniques they use to do so. During the 1930s under the Nazis, Hitler commissioned Leni Riefenstahl to make a propaganda film about the Nazis. In 1934, Triumph of the Will was released and was based on the Nazi party rally in N�remberg. Its purpose was to convert people to fascism. It opens with a shot from a plane flying over the historic city of N�remberg this is Hitler's viewpoint. The audience see a shadow of the plane high along the ground not unlike the shadow of fascism falling over Europe. ...read more.

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The use of German by a lot of the soldiers adds to the realism and also adds to the terrifying confusion when the soldiers first move in. The Jews however, speak in English, this makes them seem more human to a British audience than the monsters who were shooting them. The only colour in the film is when a little girl in red dress appears, her dress is not clear but it becomes brighter and brighter until we have a pan shot from Schindler's point of view down at the town with the girl in the red dress very clear. She walks past scenes of brutality not really noticing, her coloured dress is a symbol for hope, but when she hides under the bed, the colour fades away; her hope dies. There are two chilling incidents that show the Nazis as humans (albeit racist humans), the first being the young Nazi helper saying to the mother and child, 'I'll lead you to the good line' he thinks he has done a great deed and the mother and child thank him but in actual fact, no line is a good line because all lines lead to concentration camps. ...read more.

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Scar is similar to Hitler in his tyranny and evilness. The film can be compared to Triumph of the Will in its shot composition: the camera always looks up at Scar and down at his followers, who grow in numbers very quickly like in real life and also like in Cabaret. Like Triumph Of The Will, the size of everything is exaggerated as Scar and Hitler both appear huge. The style of marching that the hyenas use is also the same as the Nazis used. This is known as goose stepping. Nearer to the beginning of the scene, Scar is shown above the hyenas which symbolises the fact that Hitler was superior to his followers. He gives his inferiors food which can be symbolised as giving someone an incentive for alliance and help. Throughout all 4 films, Nazis are portrayed as amoral, heartless, racist humans. This is done by using techniques such as suspension of disbelief which will emotionally attach the audience to the film and make them question why the Nazis are performing such heartless acts. A good example of this is the shock created by the blood and gore in Schindler's List. This makes the audience believe that Nazis are the height of evil, and gives them a negative attitude towards Nazism and fascism altogether. Sheroy Zaq 10Q English Coursework ...read more.

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