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"Schindler's List" already looked like an instant classic the moment it was released 20 years ago this week (on December 15, 1993). Shot in timeless black-and-white, Steven Spielberg's based-in-fact account of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved 1,200 Jews from the Polish city of Krakow during the Holocaust by putting them on his factory payroll, became a landmark film, becoming the definitive depiction of the Holocaust for many viewers around the world. It also made a star out of Ralph Fiennes, an A-lister out of Liam Neeson, and an Oscar-winner out of Spielberg, who proved once and for all that he was not just a director of kiddie fantasies.
Two decades have done nothing but burnish the film's reputation as an artistic masterpiece and educational tool. Still, even though everyone's seen it, there's plenty you probably don't know about how it got made, from the project's birth in a Beverly Hills luggage store, »
- Gary Susman
Oliwia Dabrowska played the little girl in the red coat in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List." Now that she's 23 years old, she looked back on her experience and revealed that she was ashamed of being in the movie. She explained that while making the movie, Spielberg told her to wait until she's was eighteen to watch it. But she didn't take his advice and ended up watching it for the first time at the of eleven. "It was too horrible. I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn't want to watch ever again in my life," she said. And because she found the film so "horrible," she spent many years being embarrassed when people tried to talk to her about the role and even resented her parents for agreeing to let her appear in the film. "People said: 'It must be so important to you, you »
Steven Spielberg's classic film “Schindler's List” depicts the horrors of the Holocaust in unflinching detail, and for one of its young stars, that detail was once too haunting to handle. Oliwia Dabrowska, who portrayed Red Genia, often referred to solely as “the girl in the red coat,” was one of the most iconic parts of the movie, as the flash of color she wore was the only hue in the film other than black or white. Now 23, Dabrowska didn't understand the significance of the film when she was younger, and against Spielberg's advice that she wait until she was 18, she watched the movie for the first time at age 11. “It was too horrible,” Dabrowska told UK newspaper The Times. “I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn't want to watch ever again in my life.” A native of Krakow, Poland, where the film is set, »
- Katie Roberts
Actor who played Holocaust victim revealed she was horrified when she viewed the film as an 11-year-old, against Steven Spielberg's advice
The celebrated "red coat girl" from Schindler's List, Polish actor Oliwia Dabrowska, has revealed she was left traumatised after breaking a promise to director Steven Spielberg not to watch the film until she was 18.
Dabrowska, aged three when she filmed a key role in Spielberg's landmark 1993 Holocaust drama, adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel, said she was "horrified" when she watched the film when she was 11. "It was too horrible. I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn't want to watch ever again in my life." She also said she "really regretted" not paying attention to the director's suggestion that she "grow up into the film", and not watch it until she was older.
"I was ashamed of being in the movie and really »
- Andrew Pulver
The making of “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg’s operatic examination of the Holocaust and the human spirit, was by many of the subsequent accounts of those involved as much an exercise in painful reflection for the cast and crew as it was one of film production. The anecdotal evidence of its emotional toll litters Hollywood lore. Actors broke down during takes; Spielberg’s wife and children accompanied him daily on set; the director watched "Seinfeld" to try and keep his spirits up, and the actor Robin Williams was on the phone every two weeks for comic relief. The director forewent a salary for the picture, regarding any profit as constituting “blood money.” Twenty years on, one of the youngest inhabitants of Spielberg’s Kraków has come forward with her reflections on what was a formative experience of her early life. Oliwia Dabrowska was three years old when she played »
- India Ross
This headline caught my eye this morning: ‘Red coat girl’ from ‘Schindler’s List’: I was ‘horrified’ A taste of the full piece at Yahoo! Movies: In 1993 she was just 3 years old. That's when Oliwia Dabrowska portrayed Red Genia in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning "Schindler's List." Fast-forward 20 years later, and now Dabrowska has revealed she was quite distressed the first time she saw her historic role in the Holocaust drama -- one in which she is depicted as having died at the hands of Nazis. ... Spielberg had advised her to "grow up into the film," she told The Times, warning her not to watch it until she turned 18. But a curious Dabrowska screened the film anyway. It's a decision she said she "really regretted." "I was ashamed of being in the movie and angry with my mother and father when they told anyone about the part," Dabrowska said of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Oliwia Dabrowska has spoken of her 'years of trauma and shame' after her role in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. How have other child actors reacted to their roles in disturbing movies – and how do directors protect them?
The movie industry has a bag of tricks to get children to do what a director wants, from opening up a present to get that "excited" reaction shot, to telling the kid their dog has died to wring out the tears. The latter is frowned upon these days, though it still works on many grownup actors. But what if the child is in a movie they would be way too young to watch?
The issue resurfaced recently when Oliwia Dabrowska recounted how her role as the totemic Girl in the Red Coat in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List had "led to years of trauma and shame". Not because of the experience itself, »
- Steve Rose
Oliwia Dabrowska, the polish actress who played Red Genia -- otherwise known as the little girl in the red coat -- in "Schindler's List," really wishes she had taken director Steven Spielberg's advice and not watched the Holocaust drama until she was 18. In an interview published Monday by UK newspaper the Times, Dabrowska says she ignored Spielberg's direction to "grow up into the film and watched the film at the age of 11, only to be "horrified" by what she saw. Also read: 'Schindler's List' Producer: My Dreams for Israel and the »
- Greg Gilman
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