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Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Film-Book Comparison

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas film was created in 2008 and was directed by Mark Herman. It is a very rare example of a film being more effective and better than the actual book itself. The film was more powerful and confronting than the book through the use of various film techniques and the adaption of the book by the director to involve the audiences more effectively.

In the film there are several key aspects that are left out which over all contribute to the movie being more effective than the book. The director chose to leave out Bruno saying “out-with” (Auschwitz) and “the Fury” (Fuhrer) to make Bruno seem less ingnorant and more involved. Bruno in the film is a lot more intelligent and involved than he is in the book. It is made more realistic in the film because the director has adopted the book and changed it. You are able to see the raw emotion and responses made by Bruno a 9 year old would generally do. Bruno seems to learn about what is going on more than he does in the book and he becomes involved a lot more. He even seems to be very intelligent about when to sneak out and how to hide the food and so on.

Film Techniques also dramatically make the film more effective. Music contributes to the scene depending on how it is used. For example in the last scene the music used is very eery and intense.


One response

  1. This is an effective comparison between the book and film. I like the way you refered to specific film techniques and examples from the text and film – perhaps you could have mentioned more about narratve technique / language use??

    August 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

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