The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened at cinemas on November 22 and has since gone on to become a box office hit, earning $276,500,000 internationally as well as garnering impressive critical reception - with Rotten Tomatoes awarding it an aggregated score of 89%.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Catching Fire picks up where predecessor The Hunger Games left off, with Katniss defying the tyrannical Capitol and inadvertently sparking a Districts-wide uprising. Given the film’s typically-bleak subject matter, post-apocalyptic, police state symbolism was to be expected, and it’s only natural that screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn would drop said images into a film trying to tell the story of an uprising.
Unfortunately for them, these images occasionally blur the boundaries of the acceptable and the unacceptable, with clearly-recognisable Nazi imagery used throughout.
Sometimes, this is suspiciously deliberate, and is in itself quite a blatant act to reinforce the tyrannical nature of the Capitol, but occasionally, said unfortunate imagery will crop up accidentally, reminding us of one of the world’s darkest periods of history, and completely confusing the politicised message under the surface of the film.
And here, we take a look at 5 Unfortunate Examples Of (Hopefully Accidental) Nazi Symbolism in the Hunger Games films.
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This article was first posted on December 3, 2013