Essay on Analysis Of ' Shoah ' And Schindler 's List

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Film is a unique form of media that allows the audience to experience worlds that—otherwise—would not exist. The incorporation of visual imaging further strengthens the nature of storytelling and offers insight into human imagination. Directors Claude Lanzmann and Steven Spielberg exemplify such qualities in Shoah, a documentary about Holocaust witnesses, and Schindler’s List, a historical drama about a Nazi officer and his transition to hero. Both films offer perspective into life during and after extreme genocide through use of themes, portrayal of characters and interviewers, and various film techniques. In Shoah, Lanzmann presents themes of witnessing, guilt, interrogation, and importance of detail. Rather than focusing on profound, thought-provoking questions regarding death and the meaning of life, he hones in on simple, precise information. For example, when interviewing the barber, Lanzmann asks the barber what he use to cut hair, how many workers were present, and if there were mirrors, instead of asking if hair is worth more than a woman’s life. However, this technique is very effective because it breaks down those being interviewed—it makes them vulnerable. In terms of witnessing, Lanzmann presents voice from people that saw, understood, and comprehended what was happening. They were real-life people who know that the Holocaust happened. They were there, and they are present to inform the audience that genocide occurred amidst our time. Thus, Lanzmann offers…

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