RIC Women's Studies Program

A Place for Students, Faculty, and Alumni to Share Thoughts, Ideas, and Perspectives.
 
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  MemberlistMemberlist  UsergroupsUsergroups  RegisterRegister  Log in  
Log in
Username:
Password:
Log in automatically: 
:: I forgot my password
April 2018
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     
CalendarCalendar
Latest topics
» Connecting the Dots: Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism & Violence.
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:56 pm by NAUsenia

» Women as Perpetrators in Nazi Germany
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:01 pm by kkreiser

» Cap and Gown Convocation
Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:41 pm by jmagaw

» The legacy of Chernobyl
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:04 am by dread6354

» Meryl Streep in 'Sophie's Choice'
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:32 am by NAUsenia

» Ann Burke Speaks Out Against Dating Violence!
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:28 am by NAUsenia

» Sylvia Plath reads "Daddy"
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:04 pm by hrobinson

» Darfur is Dying...
Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:50 am by efecteau_4447

» Graduation
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:24 am by jmagaw

Top posters
NAUsenia (155)
 
JJENNINGS (93)
 
TLabont√© (78)
 
lschuster (57)
 
spatterson (49)
 
Kimbuktu240 (47)
 
jhebert_6118 (46)
 
slemmo_0109 (46)
 
egoncalves_8709 (46)
 
jmagaw (41)
 
Affiliates
RIC
 
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search

Share | 
 

 Meryl Streep in 'Sophie's Choice'

Go down 
AuthorMessage
erenaud82

avatar

Posts : 4
Join date : 2009-02-12
Age : 31
Location : Northwestern Rhode Island

PostSubject: Meryl Streep in 'Sophie's Choice'   Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:34 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYQjsbn4KCM

I decided to post this harrowing clip as my media artifact for three reasons: 1. we mentioned it briefly in class one week when discussing 'choiceless choices'; 2. the scene, for me, epitomizes the dehumanization and degradation suffered by victims of the Holocaust, Jewish or no; and 3. Streep's performance in this film is often considered one of the greatest screen performances in the history of motion pictures, and this scene is the 'selling point' on both that and Streep's acting talent in general. She won a well deserved Oscar for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the part of Sophie Zawistoski.

Of course the entirety of the film should be viewed by anyone with any interest in the points I have made above, but this clip is really the essence of the film, the axis upon which the rest of it turns and the few moments of celluloid forever ingrained in anyone's mind after having viewed the film, even if that was in 1982, the year 'Sophie's Choice' was released. As I've mentioned in previous posts and assignments, many people think of the Holocaust in generalizations, not details. They think of numbers, not people. Streep puts not only a face on a single victim, but a pulse and soul, allowing her facial features, body language, and the timbre of her voice to pull the audience into the mind and heart of Sophie, and as a result, this scene is all the more harrowing for her realistic and emotive technique, jettisoning hysterics in favor of empathy. The Choice Scene is as emotionally and aesthetically potent as anything in 'Schindler's List', 'The Pianist', 'Life Is Beautiful', or any other critically-lauded and awards-showered Holocaust film, a topic which seems to be becoming a genre of its own. My own mother refuses to watch the film because of what she has heard about its emotional intensity, particularly the scene linked here.

Watch this, then rent the film. And bring your tissues.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
NAUsenia
Forum Administrator
Forum Administrator
avatar

Posts : 155
Join date : 2009-01-13
Location : Cranston, RI

PostSubject: Re: Meryl Streep in 'Sophie's Choice'   Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:32 am

Embeded

Back to top Go down
View user profile http://ricwmst.forummotion.com
 
Meryl Streep in 'Sophie's Choice'
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Triptan of choice...
» multiple choice questions & study material for cs aptech exams
» New Jovian, HD 109246 b, from SOPHIE
» Firing your teacher -- Yes you can
» Whats your pain killer of choice?

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
RIC Women's Studies Program  :: Dr. Susan Patterson :: Media Artifact-
Jump to: