Monday, November 7, 2016

Schindler's List (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz

Businessman Oskar Schindler arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives.

The is Steven Spielberg's masterpiece. With this movie, he surpassed all of the other films that he has made. I think this is the pinnacle of his career. I do not think that he will be able to make a movie better than this one. He has not yet.

The story is wonderful. Schindler starts out as more of a greedy, cheating man that is mainly looking out for himself, but he ends up saving so many lives and creating many generations for the future. His life made a beautiful and interesting story for a movie.

Spielberg chose to shot this movie in black and white, which for the time, it would seem like suicide for a movie. I could not even imagine this movie in color. For the subject matter of the movie, it just fit so well not to be shot in color. Not using color made this movie deeper than you could think. The use of making that little girl's coat red stays in your mind through the whole movie. It just stands out so much, but both of the scenes are so small.

The cast is what made this movie so incredible. Liam Neeson nailed this role. I think it is his best role to date. You could see both sides of the character in his facial expressions. Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth was the best. You wanted to kill him. He was so wonderfully evil and so easily hated as a person. You could see the jealously he had for Schindler. He wanted to be as popular and loved. Ben Kingsley was great as he always is. His character was the one that held it all together and took care of it all. All of the performances in the movie made it seem so strange at times that these were real people. All of the performances are incredible in this movie. There are no bad ones at all. Even the smaller characters were great in the movie.

This is one of those movies that I personally cannot find a problem with it at all. I cannot even tell you how many times I have seen the movie. It is one of my favorites. If you have not seen this movie then you really need to. It is a part of world history that people need to know about.

Schindler's List (1993) Trailer

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