and sculptors under the Nazis often depicted the nude but they were forbidden

And sculptors under the nazis often depicted the nude

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and sculptors under the Nazis often depicted the nude, but they were forbidden to show any physical imper fections... They have the perfection of a fantasy” (Susan Sontag) Physical perfection was more shown in film “Fascinating Fascism” By Susan Sontag Review of a collection of photographs by Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl o Images of muscular bodies and flawless faces o Celebration of the grace and power of the perfect human form o Also produced a film Triumph of the Will Cartoons Don't take part of this sexual power Don’t take part with the aesthetics of Nazism Maus “was made in collaboration with Hitler... My anthropomorphized mice carry trace elements of [editorial cartoonist] Flip’s anti -Semitic Jew-as-rat cartoons for Der Sturmer, but by being particularized they are invested with personhood; they stand upright and affirm their humanity. Cartoons personalize; they give specific form to stereotypes” - Art (74) “In Maus cartoons are not just a shield against the visual pleasures of big screen Nazism but a medium that reverses the process of projection” (author) Invested with the history and aesthetics of the cartoon Vladek and Anja confront dead end roads zigzagging like a swastika (77) o A couple trapped in the frame and the comic and of history The Star of David o Pins Vladek under a spotlight of anti-Semitism Tattooed serial number on Vladek’s forearm When panels zoom in o The still images duplicates the dynamic telescoping of the camera lens Comics can heighten dramatic effect and visual impact o When the dimensions of the comic book screen expand lengthwise Accentuate the horizontal movement Comic book narration o Dialogue balloon o Boxed commentary positioned at the top of the frame o These set strict limits on exposition and dialogue
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Maps and diagrams o Wartime Europe o Gas chambers at Auschwitz o These are testimonies to the scholarship that invest the book with historical authority and emotional power Artie o Petulant son Vladek o Insufferable human being o Ethnic stereotype o “in some ways he’s just like the racist caricature of the miserly old Jew” (Artie) Challenges the real comic-book mentalities o Rendering the truth in stereotypes Ethic group members can be true to form (pg 81) o Lie in stereotypes The group image defines the individual Vladek o Defies one stereotype Holocaust survivor o Seems the same before and after Auschwitz o Romantic o Resourceful o Refuses to be ennobled “you talk about the blacks the way the Nazis talked about the Jews” - Francoise His response: “It’s not even to compare the shvartzers and the Jews” “The true picture of this survivor’s tale is in the cartoons” (author)
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