Since the silent era, only few American movies have been able to match up to this picture's narrative visual audacity and emotional directness. Steven Spielberg in 1993 brought to the screen fascinating this story that ever since the tragic events of the Holocaust had gone untold - Schindler's list. Here, displayed by Spielberg is the virtuosity of a great film maker. It features the Holocaust, where about six million Jews, Jehovah's Witness political prisoners and gays were killed and this is just too atrocious and vast to fathom.
Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a Businessman in 1939 arrives in Krakow, and all he intends to do is make his fortune from the just started World War II. Schindler, for the sake of being expedient on political matters joins the Nazi party. He afterwards employs staff for his factory - majorly Jewish; and this he did for pragmatic reasons.
There came a time when the SS began exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, and this made Schindler because he lacked an aptitude for the nuts and bolts of running a business which had made him rely on a Jewish workers; with his accountant by name Itzhak Stern made arrangements for his workers to be protected to keep his factory in operation, but in so doing, he soon realizes that he is ended up saving innocent lives.
Spielberg, being the director/producer worked on this movie for ten years, particularly after the finish of E.T in1983. According to Spielberg, he learnt about the Holocaust from his grandparents. This film has out grossed that of his contemporaries and rates him as one of the most successful producer and director of all times. His piece even though about the holocaust was able to still combine popular appeal and realism.
Technique and artistry
Portrayed by this film is the story of German businessman Oskar Schindler. This Schindler is obviously more interested in the enormous profit he can make rather than the reason for the war being fought and who is on the winning side. He even goes as far as hiring only Jews in order to increase further profits. This was considered vain and greedy and selfish at the beginning but this later proved to be unlikely humanitarian during the barbaric Nazi reign, turning his factory into a refuge for Jews; even though this singular undertaking caused him most of his fortune.
Almost half the movie was filmed with hand-held cameras, as this was to show that this is a cinema verite. To lend a "documentary" quality, the film was virtually black and white. The color only comes at the beginning and then fades off as the lots of the Jew deteriorate, until the end where the Jews successfully survived their ordeal.
The Schindler's list was the winner of the award for Best Pictures in 1993 and there are not many movies that can compare with it in terms of importance and being powerful. This is one movie to watch not just for the great acting but also the brilliant storytelling and the message being passed across; it is possible for one person to make a difference.
This one movie considered to be brutal and emotional devastating, having a powerful message about the human spirit. It is pertinent to make note that there were also outstanding elements that contributed to the success of the Schindler's list. Some of the names that deserve to be mentioned are: Michael Kahn for his nimble editing, Allan Starski for the production design; John Williams, for the somberness and understated loveliness of his music.
One can say of a truth was brilliantly written, directed and acted. It finally ends in an emotional impact sequence with the actual people saved by Schindler. One thing is obvious from the story and worthy of learning, that one man, Schindler did something that others (a whole nation) couldn’t.