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Schindler's List (movie)

A Holocaust drama directed by Steven Spielberg.

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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Mar 31, 2013
I know I'll be loathed for not giving Schindler's List a perfect rating, but here's my stance on it.

While the overall story was presented in a really good fashion, what I thought hindered this movie a little was the black-and-white cinematography and the use of English-speaking actors speaking in German accents.  The former in that the visuals don't show the true colors of the horrors of the Holocaust, merely making it look like a movie trying to look like a movie from the past (considering Schindler's List came out in 1993).  The latter in that the actors merely speaking in German accents also helped strip away a feeling of realness to it.  Spielberg would have done better had he either had the actors speak naturally or if he went the extra mile and hired German and other foreign actors to play the appropriate roles.

Schindler's List is a good movie, but don't expect it to be the untouchable masterpiece so many say it is.  Personally, I think Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies does a much better job at portraying the horrors of the human condition in war.
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April 16, 2013
I think you may like CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH--the Chinese Schindler's List. (about the Rape of Nanking)
April 16, 2013
Thanks for bringing City of Life and Death to my attention. I'll have to check it out when this semester of college is over.
 
April 01, 2013
Been a LONG time since I have watched this.
 
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review by . April 22, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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Steven Spielberg has always been a director for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Spielberg had one colossal success after another (not including his mega-flop 1941) and yet he never received the critical praise that he deserved. Most of Spielberg's films at the time fell into two categories: adventure and science fiction. Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark became his crowning achievements in the adventure genre and Close Encounters of the Third …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Powerful performances of all actors masterfully put together into a great film by Spielberg.
review by . November 28, 2008
Schindler's List
Wow. Just wow. That's all. Gripping, moving, tear jerking, uplifting, top notch acting, stunning photography, script line in synch with the book, true life ending, OMG. This is the story of Oskar Schindler who kept over 1,000 people alive during the Nazi reign. This is a movie (and book) you must watch (or read) to believe. I generally do not care for "war" movies, and although I love splatter films and gory fiction books, I despise real life violence. Having once been a victim of violent crime, …
review by . November 12, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
I have only seen this on the big screen so I am not sure how it looks on video. The use of black and white was sheer genious and the times color was used was the most effective since The Wizard of Oz. I am not a huge Liam Neelson fan but his performance in this film was huge. The film is the closest I have seen to capturing the horror of the holocaust while still having the characters appear very human.
review by . July 15, 2003
I saw this movie for the first time along with a group of seven other people, in a completely full theater. When the curtain went down and the lights came on, everyone got up and moved to the door, but no one said a word. Not one. It was dead quiet all the way out to the street. I've never experienced anything like that.    I was raised knowing all about the six million we lost in the Holocaust, not to mention the five or six million others who died in the camps, but I didn't …
review by . July 12, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Curious about the etymology of "holocaust," I again consulted John Ayto's ever-reliable Dictionary of Word Origins and learned that the word has classical origins (as do most other words) and was first used in English by John Milton in reference to "complete destruction by fire." Related meanings include "a complete burning" (from "burnt offering") and "a sacrifice completely consumed by fire." In our own time we capitalize the word when referring to the process of systematic elimination by the …
review by . April 30, 2000
Pros: Very moving, quality film crafting     Cons: Adult situations, not for small children     The third of January, 1994 was a quiet cool afternoon as I walked with friends through the grounds of Neuengamme, a concentration camp near Hamburg, Germany. I was very moved by the photographs inside the memorial, heartbroken by the letters written to other family members, and haunted by the ghosts of the many thousands who died there.      …
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Steven Spielberg had a banner year in 1993. He scored one of his biggest commercial hits that summer with the mega-hitJurassic Park, but it was the artistic and critical triumph ofSchindler's Listthat Spielberg called "the most satisfying experience of my career." Adapted from the best-selling book by Thomas Keneally and filmed in Poland with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, Spielberg's masterpiece ranks among the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust during World War II. It's a film about heroism with an unlikely hero at its center--Catholic war profiteer Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who risked his life and went bankrupt to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.

By employing Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army, Schindler ensures their survival against terrifying odds. At the same time, he must remain solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant (Ben Kingsley) and negotiate business with a vicious, obstinate Nazi commandant (Ralph Fiennes) who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa overlooking a prison camp. Schindler's List gains much of its power not by trying to explain Schindler's motivations, but by dramatizing the delicate diplomacy and determination with which he carried out his generous deeds.

As a drinker and womanizer who thought nothing of associating with Nazis, Schindler was hardly a model of decency; the film is largely ...

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Release Date: December 15, 1993
Runtime: 195 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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