"I have rarely seen a film more ruthless in
its depiction of human evil."
I weep and I plead
But you will not hear
I beg for my God
That He might interfere
Please spare my children
Please spare my wife
Have you no heart?
No regard for life?
Are you still human
After all you've done?
Or is your only joy
The weight of your gun?
I don't see the reason
Why my kind is hated
Why we are enslaved
You treat us as
We had hopes and dreams
But you crushed them
You were deaf to our
But beneath all the fear
One emotion breaks
Cold heavy pity
From the heart of this
So shoot me and cheer
For the medals you've
But never forget
All the temples you've
Please READ the following information and articles
and then ANSWER the questions at the bottom of the page.
You will not have to hand this in- please be prepared to discuss what you've
written in our next class.
1. From a
review of the movie by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times on June 16, 2010
"It strains credulity to imagine Florya surviving all the horrors that he
witnesses, but there was a real Florya, and Klimov's script was written with
Ales Adamovich; Klimov told Ron Holloway in a 1986 interview, “Adamovich was the
same age as the hero in the film. He and his family fought with the partisans
and witnessed the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis on Belarussian soil.” Klimov
added that his film was shot in Byelorussia (now known as Belarus) near where
the events took place, and that he used no professional actors.
2. If you
are curious about the little animal on the shoulder of the Nazi Commander:
YOU ARE NOT
GOING TO BELIEVE THIS:
This afternoon when I was looking
for Roger Ebert's review of "Come and See" online, I found the following
statement. It is from a discussion board on a national white supremacist
neo-nazi hate group that has an active chapter in Rosedale, MD (where Golden
Ring Mall used to be- now are big box stores- off Philadelphia Rd). I won't give
you the name because it would not be safe for you to go there.
" 'Come and See', a Russian movie
from the 1990s is just awesome. Despite being from the point of view of a Jewish
Belorussian Partisan, it still has huge viewing pleasure for fans of the Third
Reich. It takes my no.1 spot in a list of WWII related movies, probably even
beats any war movie. Excellent scenes of Einsatzgruppen liquidation of Jews-and
there is also an SS woman present at the destruction-who is sexy beyond belief.
Could be just that any woman in SS cap etc. does it for me big time, and check
out those swastika earrings ladies! "
After her 14+15 Religion class today (where she saw "Come and See") Marissa
Kulis turned on her laptop and the following news story popped up on her home
WRITE YOUR ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN YOUR NOTES:
This question is for the Thurs. mods 17+18 class who didn't get much time to
discuss their reactions to the film: Please write about your reactions to the
film and any questions it raised for you.
2. Please write what your
thoughts about the neo-nazi hate group comment about the movie. Also, your
thoughts on the fact that these people are active in Baltimore.
3. Here is a really
challenging question about the boy who saved Hitler from drowning. It will
require you to assess what you really value and believe. If you had been that
little boy, and had powers to
see into the future what Hitler would become, would you still have
saved him from drowning? Yes, or no, and explain why.
If there is
still time left in class and you have finished answering your questions, please
read this article (from this week's NEWSWEEK) about the movie that Angelina
directed about the Bosnian Genocide: "In the Land of Blood and Honey." :