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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Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs John Williams' haunting score on the soundtrack. Perlman is on record as saying that his contribution to the film is one of his proudest moments in an illustrious career. See more »
When Schindler takes his meal he uses his fork with the right hand and his knife with the left. Not being left-handed this would be a very unusual thing for a German man to do. In fact, Germans and many Europeans do in fact cut their meat with their dominant hand, and do not rotate utensils. Rather the meat is eaten straight from the knife, so the way Schindler eats in that scene is technically culturally correct. See more »
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
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The end credits are shot in black and white.
The Amblin Entertainment logo is absent and in its place instead is the credit: "From Amblin Entertainment".
The MPAA Rated R logo at the end does not have the regular blue background and is shown over the black screen. See more »
I've watched this film about half a dozen times over the last five years and
I still don't really understand what Spielberg was trying to do. Was he
trying to outline the horrors of the holocaust or was he trying to examine
Schindler himself - why the man did what he did? Maybe both. In neither
case does he succeed. One can't help but feel the atrocities were greatly
toned down for this film thus not really reflecting the true horror of what
really happened, and he fails completely in exploring the character of
Schindler. Why did Schindler do what he did? The man was a philanderer and
a shrewd business man who didn't exactly go out of his way to be nice. Did
witnessing what he did make him wake up to himself or perhaps there was an
ulterior motive? Spielberg looks at none of this and serves up a modern day
saint. It is kind of ironic that Spielberg shot this movie in black and
white because that is the approach he has taken to his subject material. He
gives us the saintly Schindler, the stereotypical evil Nazi, the honourable
Jew and none of the complexities that made these people what they are. This
was Spielberg's attempt to become accepted as a serious film-maker but yet
he takes exactly the same approach to making this as he did with his
marvellous popcorn movies resulting in a rather dictatorial film that has
more answers than questions!
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