Politics of History, Representation, Responsibility in JoJo Rabbit, Prelude to War, and Downfall

Paper by Taylor Garman.

When viewing a political film, it’s important to understand the responsibility that the filmmakers have regarding the historical accuracy of the film. This is especially true with the historical accuracy and the interpretations of the portrayal of historical characters in films. Three political films about World War II that each portrays Adolf Hitler in very different ways are Prelude to War​ (1942), ​Downfall​ (2004), and ​Jojo Rabbit​ (2019). The respective portrayals of Adolf Hitler in each of these films are meant to make the audiences consider all sides to Adolf Hitler, reminding them of his human nature, rather than the obvious monstrous person he is remembered as. This is not to say that Adolf Hitler was not a bad person, as he was sadistic and inhumane; however, he was a human just as the rest of us are. This is especially shown through the dialogue and the mannerisms of the different portrayals of Hitler in each of the films and especially understood when the historical accuracy and the biases of the films are considered.
First, it’s important to understand the impact that political films have on history

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Night of the Kings (Philippe Lecote, 2020): France/Senegal

Reviewed by Larry Gleeson. Viewed at the Hollywood Legion Drive-in Cinema in Hollywood, California.

It was a beautiful Friday night evening in the heart of the movie-making capital of the world with the NEON production, Night of the Kings. I hadn’t been to a theatrical screening since I viewed Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on the silver screen at the Metropolitan Fiesta 5 this summer in downtown Santa Barbara, California, with five other mask-wearing moviegoers – the screening theatre was air-conditioned.

Night of the Kings, written and directed by Philippe Levite, was screened outdoors at the Hollywood Legion Drive-in Cinema, and the soft and cool breeze present throughout the film laid down an atmospheric ambiance that no indoor theatre could match. Blazing cinematography with vibrant red, orange, and yellow hues from cinematographer Tobie-Marier Robitaille rivaled Roger Deakins Academy-award winning work from BladeRunner 2049. Robitaille and Night of the Kings received Best Cinematography and Best Sound Awards from the 2020 Chicago International Film Festival.

With a surreal tone, Night of the Kings was set inside an infamous Ivory Coast prison, MACA. And, in a similar fashion to the 2017 Shot Caller,

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