How Music Forces Perspective

This video principally examines Empire of the Sun, the Stephen Spielberg film, with a score soundtrack by John Williams, which tells the story of Jim or Jamie, as the Japanese invade China in World War 2; Jamie is taken to a Japanese internment camp near Shanghai, where he famously sings the Welsh folk song, Suo Gan, and witnesses the nuclear explosion from Hiroshima. This musical score forces us to see the world from the boy’s perspective, and that’s why it is so interesting to consider.

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Steven Spielberg