Saturday, March 7, 2009

Animated War films

I don't know if it is a trend, or if animation allows for more versatility in showing truth, but it seems that there have been a few animated war films lately; notably Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir.

I haven't seen either of them yet...but I would really like to.

I think it is an interesting idea to use animation for war films - it almost allows the director to show things that would be too gruesome or inappropriate in reality. Does this make it a heightened reality? When I was watching an interview with Ari Folman, Director for Waltz with Bashir he said something interesting. He wanted people who were watching to know that the film, although animated, is still about real people who really died and really were effected by the 1982 war with Lebanon.

So there seems to be a fine line between stylization and documentary in these films. I'm curious to know what I will think once I get the opportunity to not do homework, and see some films.

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