mjf314 wrote: ↑
April 15th, 2019, 4:39 am
If you had to show a WWII film to a kid, which film would you show?
Can't think of any at the moment that I would want to show to a kid, and like I said I don't think cinema is a good way of introducing these ideas to them. If good old textbooks don't do the trick and some form of media is required, I'm sure there are educational history programmes that are made for that purpose.
Teproc wrote: ↑
April 15th, 2019, 7:42 am
I see that you don't think this subject should be approached with children at all.
That's not true at all, I just don't think they should be initiated into the subject by the way of Life is Beautiful
. Peaceful has said it better than I ever can, but in my own, less articulate words:
Sure you need to find a way to ease children into subject matters like the holocaust, but withholding certain details and dripfeeding it to them over time seems to me a much better method of doing so rather than showing them Life is Beautiful
which can be taken as: "hey all these horrible things happened in the war, but it ain't really all that bad!". As an educational tool, the film is just all wrong tonally speaking; getting children to associate the holocaust with humor is the last thing I want to do - first impressions matter, especially when you're so young. Sure, you can sit next to them the whole time and explain why these things aren't actually funny...though at that point you have to wonder why you're showing them this film in the first place. Children are very receptive to humor, it's going to be more trouble than its worth to undo whatever ideas the film may or may not have imprinted on their minds.