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08/16/2016 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Hidden Hero

When one individual sacrifices personal safety and wealth to save the lives of others, the story must be told. It takes courage to stand up for humanity, and there have been heroes who have done so throughout the course of history. The Holocaust was a gruesome time in history when a powerful government was on a mission to take the lives of millions of innocent people. Although there were many heroes during this tragic era, one heroic man in particular became the focus of a feature Hollywood blockbuster: Oskar Schindler. The making of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List was a necessity.
In 1932, the Nazis became the largest political party in Germany’s Parliament. The Nazi political majority would become the root of one of history’s most infamous tragedies. Initially, the German governmen...

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09/16/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Perhaps the hardest movie I tried sitting through.

I've actually yet to finish this movie because I find it so emotionally distressful. I've started it at least three times but I always stop at the halfway mark of its running time. The Holocaust was the greatest moral failure of the 20th century and among the worst crimes against humanity in recorded history. Schindler's List pulls no punches like later films such as Saving Private Ryan, Hotel Rwanda, and 12 Years A Slave in order to make modern audiences feel better about themselves. At the same time, it's a fantastic story with some of Steven Spielberg's finest directorial work to date as well as featuring Liam Neeson's best performance of his career. Ralph Fiennes is abit hammier than I'd expect him to be; there are scenes where he is so evil (accurate as it my be) that his character d...

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08/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A shocking biopic.

We see a Polish town, a wide shot in a street. Soldiers run up and down, tearing children away from their parents, executing resisting inhabitants and vandalizing the buildings.
Suddenly, a little girl comes out of one of the buildings and starts wandering down the road lined with mayhem.
She is wearing a red coat.
The film isn't in color. But we see the color of her coat.

Schindler's List is a movie that I find hard to call a movie. Usually, movies are fun and uplifting, made for entertainment. But once in a while comes along a film that is more than entertainment. It is heartbreaking filmmaking.
Schindler's List is more an odyssey than a movie. It is the truth. A part of history, telling the story of a Nazi who took pity on the Jews and helped them, because no matter what anyone ...

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10/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The list of life and death

This film captures one of the most traumatic events in human history, and it is shown with agonizing truth. The Holocaust was genocide of over 6 million European Jews during World War II, which was spear-headed by Adolf Hitler. This was two-thirds of the entire Jewish population that was senselessly murdered. How anybody could ever go through with something like this is beyond my imagination; it’s just the work of a 100% evil force. However, even in the most horrible times in our history, there is always a glimmer of hope that shines on those lucky enough to catch sight of it. For just over a thousand Jews, hope was Oskar Schindler.

Oskar Schindler was a German who was in the business of enamelware and ammunition. He was very successful in his business, and he was well-respected among ...

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01/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Schindler's List" by Yojimbo

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Thomas Keneally's novel based on the role of Oscar Schindler during the holocaust was very much his cinematic coming of age. Many have criticized Schindler as a profiteer and coward for not taking up arms against the Nazis. He was not a soldier and if he had done, at best he may have killed a handful of inconsequential German troops before dying a "hero's death". And every man, woman and child who worked in his factory would have been murdered. Spielberg does not shy away from the fact that he was not a saint, showing him to be a womaniser and hedonistic opportunist but when he was faced with the human tragedy of his environment he acted; a reaction that was all too rare at the time. In fact Spielberg draws parallels between Schindler and Goeth, his counte...

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09/06/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Schindler's List review

A German businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) attempts to save more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. He is assisted by the loyal accountant and business partner Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley). Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes) is an SS officer assigned to build and run the Płaszów concentration camp. Schindler induces Goeth to create a sub-camp for his workers to keep his factory of army mess kits working. An order to Goeth was rendered to incinerate the remains of all Jews, dismantle Płaszów and ship the remaining Jews to Auschwitz concentration camp. Some memorable lines: Oskar Schindler – “People die, it's a fact of life. He wants to kill everybody?” “He addresses the factory's SS guards] I know you have received...

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05/30/2010 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

First-rate movie about the true story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Industrialist who saved hundreds of Jews from the Death Camps.
Undoubtedly a personal project for director Steven Spielberg, Schindlers list is a powerful and harrowing film, which uses stark black and white cinematography to immense effect.
Electrifying performances from all concerned help to create a haunting and fear-laden atmosphere, which is heart rending in its scope.
It is sad to reflect that towards the end of the 20th century, ethnic cleansing would once again make the news after the horrors in the former Yugoslavia were disclosed.
There are many reasons to watch Schindlers List but forefront is its aim to dispel any Holocaust ignorance that still exists and help to prevent any such occurrence of events ever hap...

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Schindler's list rounds out my Top 50!

I definitely had very high expectations before I watched this film. After all, I was one of the few people that I knew that hadn't seen Schindler's List. Recently, high expectations have been my downfall coming into a film because I expect too much and that is clearly the case here.Sure, this film is very highly regarded and may even go down as the best film of the 90's, however, it didn't blow me away as I expected or show me an aspect of filmmaking that I have never seen before. Spielberg does an incredible job as usual using his keen sense of angles and dimensions that make every scene speak volumes. The cinematography by Janucz Kaminsky captures a lot of the feeling of the second world war, yet it didn't blow me away.I found it interesting that in this film the characters seem to take...

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08/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Holocaust

Decades after the Beatles broke up, Paul McCartney was asked how he felt about some of the criticisms directed toward their 1968 album, since known as "The White Album." With a slight wave of the hand, McCartney dismissed the critics. "C'mon," he said. "It's the Beatles' White Album. Enough said." This is how I feel about the poor reviews here about Schindler's List. If a miraculous story of salvation during the Holocaust is boring to you, then stick to your Adam Sandler movies. Spielberg has crafted one of the great movies of our time. The pacing, photography, pathos and acting are all superb. Any attempt to capture the entire Holocaust would have been futile, and I don't know of any non-documentaries that have tried to. This story is based on Thomas Keneally's well-researched book, and ...

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06/11/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Truly remarkable

Schindler's list is one of the most remarkable pieces of cinema ever created. It is an epic drama, but never loses its personal feel. Any audience member with a beating heart should be able to tell that Spielberg has poured his heart and soul into this nauseatingly intense film showing the inner depths of the human soul. Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, a role that he should have easily gotten the Academy Award for best actor for in 1993. But, due to the exploding stardom of Tom Hanks and his sorrowful AIDS drama Philadelphia, Neeson lost.

Everything in this film is 100% perfect. It is shot in black and white, only showing the red of a young jewish girl's coat, as Schindler sees her shortly before her death. You see the emotional depth of Schindler as he hires as many jewish wor...

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