Sunday, May 8, 2011
"Moving Pictures" - Britta Frazier
* edit* 1. Millieu - secondary *edit*
Although the setting for this story is unique and creates a lot of the story' conflict it does not make it a Millieu story. The focus of the story is not on the specific world the characters are discovering and/or escaping, the focus is on the characters themselves. The environment is important but just for added realism to the rest of the story.
1. Milieu - primary
This story takes place during World War II in Nazi-occupied France. The setting of this story probably has equal importance with the characters themselves, because everything the characters do is in response to their current environment of war. The whole reason our main character, a minor curator in a major museum, is so devoted to protecting her museum's art is because of the danger posed by war.
2. Rating - PG
Some depictions of classic art show bare breasted women (pg. 67, Venus de Milo pg. 19). In one scene a woman has a blanket wrapped around her and the man with her has an unbuttoned shirt, implying they've been sleeping together (pgs. 83-96 There is nothing explicit or suggestive about the scene). Another scene shows a woman as she's dressing, no nudity, just undergarments (127-131).
This story is historical fiction and takes place specifically in World War II Nazi-occupied France. The writer would have to know enough about history to know how citizens of France were affected by occupation: where could they go, how easy was it to travel, was food scarce, was there violence in the streets, were there bombings in their city, where could people work? For visual accuracy they'd have to know what people wore back then. And, since works of art play an important role, the location of specific pieces during WWII would need to be researched.
Something I learned: During Nazi occupation the Germans seized about half of the French meat production, 20% of the produce, and 80% of the champagne. Interesting hierarchy of importance.