Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a greedy German factory owner made rich by exploiting cheap Jewish labor in World War II, who becomes an unlikely humanitarian by spending his entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Steven Spielberg’s holocaust epic won seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and is an unforgettable testament to the possibility of human goodness. Spielberg has crafted one of the great movies of our time. It is some of the most powerful filmmaking ever achieved.  This is a movie that grabs your attention from beginning to end.  This starts as a story about a man making a profit out of war. He finds the cheapest labor possible. He soon discovers much like the Grinch that he has a heart after all. In the end he does his best to protect and save the ones he was exploiting simply for profit.  This is a true story of Man at his worst and possibly his best as well. Yes, it displays tragic events that occurred, but it also conveys the strength of the human spirit and its possibility for kindness, and courage. Ultimately, it is a story of redemption, perseverance, and the overwhelming power of the human spirit against unspeakable horrors. This is positively the most emotional film I have ever seen. While it may be difficult at times to watch, it is very informative and really enlightening.  This is a classic true story of the Holocaust victims and survivors. Schindler’s List is an exceptional film telling an exceptional story about an exceptional man.  I wish there had been more Schindlers.  There isn’t a weak performance in the film, and several are outstanding. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley are magnificent in the lead roles. If you’re interested in experiencing how powerful filmmaking can be, by all means see this important film. The pacing, photography, and acting are all superb. And the music is absolutely haunting.  Best part is the ending, in which our own humanity is touched as we witness history being honored and learned from.  This is the best film about the Holocaust (Shoah) ever made; and it has been ranked #8 among all American films, by the American Film Institute.  This is best history movie I have ever seen in my life in showing how brutal the Germans were in slaving and killing the Jewish people. The helplessness in the face of evil. Pitiful, Just Pitiful. So heartbreaking. And tragic beyond words. If you’ve never seen this film or if you’ve never watched a film on the Holocaust, you can’t go wrong with this one; plus it has the advantage of being based on a true story. Every young person should see it as an introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust.  It is a must see. A masterpiece! I highly recommend this film to everyone.  I love this movie. So moving. So sad and profound. The imagery of black and white with only a splash of color for the most special of purposes is genius.  A tough film to watch because of its subject matter. Be warned, this movie is heavy.  My feeling is that everyone should see it once. This not only documents the worst of history, but it remains relevant today (see Genocide Watch and similar organizations on the web). Genocide is happening as you read this in various locations around the world, and has been with us nearly continuously since the Turkish slaughter of two million Armenians at the beginning of the 20th Century.  Schindler’s List is based on Thomas Keneally’s well-researched book, and Spielberg keeps fairly faithful to it.  Docudrama 1993 R 193 minutes.

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