One of the most compelling and emotional films in the whole of history Schindler's List is the pinnacle of what film can be. It tells the story of a man who goes through the change of the real man Oskar Schindler as he goes from a greedy business man who wants to exploit the oppressed, to a man who loves the people that his country hates. This movie brought a story to life that no one would have known of otherwise.
I used to not buy Schindler's transformation. Weird skepticism cuz you see the people putting stones on his grave. The subtle portrayal of Stern's crucial role is key. Stern intervenes against Schindler's Nazi cowardice. That's why Stern can't assuage Schindler's guilt, cuz Schindler knows he nearly did nothing. Even during horror humanity can't be extinguished entire. Spreading that belief the project of this film.
Essential cinema. 25 years later Spielberg's masterpiece stands as a staggering achievement in all regards. This multiple Academy Award winning film is the director's most personal film and the attention to detail is evident. From the perfectly cast performances to the artistry behind the camera this is a film that has been remembered and will continue to be as Spielberg's legacy film. The score is simply perfect,
Undoubtedly the best of its type—but what value should we place on its type? After Shoah and Night and Fog, it's hard to go back to a docudrama, even a finely crafted one. What remains most interesting, aside from Spielberg's devotion to the principles of David Lean, is how thoroughly his film identifies with a savvy hustler and rich mogul who, accompanied by a (Jewish) conscience, decides to use his status for good.
Based on true events. Oskar Schindler was an opportunist & Nazi. His morality was profit. What Mr. Spielberg masterfully desribes here is Schindler's transformation from Saul to Paul. That's the core. Remarkably this transformation is taking place within the Holocaust. Is Schindler a good person? I don't know. At the end he saved lives having a rope around his own neck. Outstanding movie in all terms. Masterpiece.
The World War 2 film Spielberg finally got right! I'll say Neeson was a questionable choice for the lead role but Fiennes should have won the supporting Oscar for playing one of the best on screen villains. I remember the trailer when I was younger, the haunting documentary style that left me chilled and then surprised that someone like Speliberg had directed something like this that depicted death and hope so well.
Gripping and devastating story based on true events. Excellent acting, especially Liam Neeson as Oscar Schindler (in his breakthrough role) and Ralph Finnes as the evil Nazi. Great black and white cinematography that really show every detail to their fullest with Spielberg delivering one of his most personal films, but the fact that many rich Jews paid themselves onto the list is sadly a fact not touched upon.