Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament to the good in all of us. Written by
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When SS Commandant Amon Goeth tries to shoot one of the laborers both of his pistols jam, which results in the laborer being spared. Goeth's first pistol is a Walther P38, a common sidearm for German soldiers during World War II (and seen frequently throughout this film). The second pistol that Goeth tries to use, but which also jams after pulling it out of his pocket, is a Czech CZ Vz-27 semi-automatic. These were produce by CZ before the war in Czechoslovakia, but during the German occupation were produced under German direction. These pistols were issued to German police, SS, and some army units during the war. The possible reason that both usually reliable pistols jammed is that many of the Walther P38s and CZ-27s were made by in factories by forced (i.e., slave) laborers who may have sabotaged them, a fairly common occurrence in those types of factories during the war. See more »
When Schindler and Stern negotiate with the Jewish investors outside the ghetto, Steven Spielberg is reflected on the rear window (his jacket is blowing in the wind). See more »
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
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This is the best war film about the Holocaust I have ever seen. It depicts the horrors of the Holocaust and war, the tragedy of Jewish nation, and I know, this film could be directed by a Jew, who keeps these horrible times and crimes against humanity in his heart. The tagline says "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire". And this film shows us that no human life can be replaced by another one, and that there is nothing more valuable than HUMAN LIFE. I have not seen a film of such a power in my life. Superbly directed by Steven Spielberg, magnificently photographed in black-and-white by Janusz Kaminski (one of the best directors of photography in modern Hollywood, so to say), perfect performances by Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, and, especially, John Williams' beautiful, brilliant score, brings the whole horror and tragedy, cruelty of Nazism, Holocaust and War. This is Spielberg's Triumph. Congratulations!
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