Blog Post #2 Q.8
by Matthew Siklosi on December 6, 2017 - 2:42pm
The films in unit three show us that individuals who had major and minor impacts on history can shape how we understand history. We need to examine both major and minor actors in history to get a full picture. The events depicted in Goodbye Lenin!, show us how the fall of The Berlin Wall effected one family in particular while the events of Selma depict the Selma March and Bloody Sunday from the perspective of Martin Luther King. To exclude one type of perspective is to handicap ones self when examining a period. For example, The Holocaust. If you were to just focus on the major Historical actors of Hitler, Himmler, and Eichmann you would miss out on the experiences and influence of Holocaust suvivors, the antisemitism that existed in Germany following WWI, and mid-ranking Nazi's like Reinhard Heydrich who had a significant impact on the event. On the other hand if you just focus on the other actors just listed you undermine the impact that Hitler and company had in enacting the Holocaust. To be effective in creating a historical piece one should never focus on just one perspective, but try to be aas inclusive as possible. Now no historical film can be all encompassing, however if there is at least an effort to incorperate a little of the other perspective that helps the film to be an engaging and far reaching piece.