Swing Kids Film Analysis

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Millions of Jews were killed during the holocaust because of anti-semitism. Anti-semitism is hate against Jewish people. Two films were released in the 1990’s that deal with different issues involved anti-semitism. One titled “Swing Kids” was set in Nazi Germany and tells the story of a group of teenage resisters who rebel by doing swing dance, but are forced to be involved with the Nazis anyways. The other film is titled “School Ties”. This film is set in the United States, but also deals with issues of anti-semitism. In the film,”Swing Kids”, two young men, by the names of Thomas and Peter, attempt to resist the Nazi influence by listening to music that was banned in the country. At first everything was until Thomas accidently breaks his …show more content…
Matthew’s, out near Boston, Massachusetts. The only problem is that David is a Jew. David skips out on a Jewish New Year to play a football for his scholarship. Upon beating the school’s rival team, word leaks that he is a Jew and many people become anti-semitic. His last two friends is Reece and another unknown student. One day Dillon decides to cheat on a test, but the professor finds out someone cheated on the test and threatens to fail everyone if the person who cheated is not turned in. Dillon tries to pin this all on David, He tells the teacher and the teacher reports it to the headmaster. When David goes to the headmaster to turn himself in, his teammate Van Kelt is already there and already reported that he saw that it was Dillon. Both were questioned on why they didn’t say anything before, but are forgiven. Dillon is expelled from St. Matthew’s and the movie ends with Dillon calling David a Jew and David calling him a prick. “School Ties” has several strengths and weaknesses. One strength of the film is that is shows anti-semitism was not just an issue in Nazi Germany. It was an issue for Jewish people globally. A weakness of the film is that there were too many part in the film where nothing was happening. I found this made the movie extremely hard to focus on as it wasn’t very interesting. I wish that it would have had a little more …show more content…
In my opinion, I liked the film “Swing Kids” better for various reasons. One reason is that it gave me a new perspective on people’s thoughts of World War 2. Although, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend either of these films if they were being watched for educational reasons. I feel that the films were a little vague on the issue of World War 2 and didn’t show every issue that was caused by anti-semitism. I would only recommend these films if someone wanted to watch them for entertainment

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