Film Research Analysis of Joyeux Noel

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Film Research Analysis The film Joyeux Noel is the true story of the Christmas truce of December 1914 in the trenches of World War 1. Throughout the film, we follow the German, French, and Scottish soldiers as they learn to set aside their differences, put themselves in each others shoes, and manage to have a cease fire on Christmas. The soldiers learn to understand each other and are able to pull some humanity out of the horrors of the war. There are many external conflicts throughout the story. Each of the main characters have their own conflicts that help to shape the story. The first one would be the draft. Two of the characters affected by the draft were Anna Sorensen who was living a carefree life singing opera with her boyfriend Nikolaus Sprink when it was announced that Germany had declared war and Nikolaus was being drafted. Young brothers Jonathan and William are told that they have both been drafted into the war as well. Although the two boys are excited about it at first, they soon get a rude awakening when William is shot and killed in the line of fire. The priest Palmer is chastised by his sanctimonious bishop for his desires to stay in the war environment with the soldiers instead of going back home to be with his church. There are also a lot of internal conflicts that shape the story. Jonathan refuses to take part in the truce or the cease fire due to the bitter feelings that he had towards the other side due to the death of his brother. He

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