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Studying Waltz with Bashir$
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Giulia Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325154

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325154.001.0001

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(p.109) Conclusion
Studying Waltz with Bashir

Giulia Miller

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reviews the mechanisms and features that are considered to be unique to Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir. It explains how animation is used in conjunction with the documentary format and how the construction of plot manipulates the understanding of events. It also looks at the tension between the general and specific that are maintained throughout Waltz with Bashir and examines how the Holocaust narrative is employed. The chapter summarizes the function and significance of Waltz with Bashir and examines the retrospective viewpoint of Folman's film, which creates a narrative of traumatic event first then memory later. It points out how Waltz with Bashir is framed within a recognizable historical and political setting that is specific enough to appeal to an interested audience, though vague enough not to overwhelm the spectator with facts and figures.

Keywords:   Ari Folman, Waltz with Bashir, documentary format, Holocaust narrative, traumatic event

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