Monday, June 13, 2011

"Moving Pictures" - Ryan Stevens

1. Analyze: Rising Action
The Rising Action in this graphic novel is the approach of the German's, the German invasion and the efforts of the French people to protect the precious artwork from falling into the German's hands. There is a lot of effort by the main characters to hide and protect the artwork from being taken by the nazis. The anxiety that the characters go through is evident throughout the entire book. Which is understandable seeing the characters don't know what nazis plan to do with the artwork when they find it.

2. Rating: PG-13
Sexual themes and content. There is one bedroom scene where it is insinuated that the characters had casual sex and that casual sex as whole during this time is an acceptable activity. Adult language including a awkwardly used F bomb on page 32. It seems they just used it randomly and for no real specific reason. To be honest is was a little confusing.

3. Springboard:
The author must have researched not only the German invasion of France but the history of the artwork that was in France at the time and the German's efforts in obtaining the artwork from the museums and private collections. I was interested in what the most famous pieces of art were that were stolen and recovered by and from the nazi's during WWII. So I did a little research and this is what I found. The most famous and priceless work of art stolen by the nazi's in WWII was a sculpture created by Michelangelo called "Madonna of Bruges". The sculpture is made of marble and is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus Christ. They also stole many works by Van Gough, Degas, Cezanne and Vermeer. Some of which are still missing or thought to have been destroyed to this day.

Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo

4. Apply:
I like the dark feeling of the backgrounds throughout the novel. I like that it helps put most of the focus on the foreground and the characters. I might want to use this in my own book to show specific emphasis on certain characters or events that might be important for the reader to notice and understand throughout the narrative.

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