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Schindler’s List

23 Nov

Schindler’s List, a Steven Spielberg film, is a cinematic masterpiece that has become one of the most honored films of all time.

Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, it also won every major Best Picture award and an exceptional number of additional honors. Among them were seven British Academy Film Awards; the Best Picture Awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Producers Guild, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago, Boston, and Dallas Film Critics; a Christopher Award; and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards. Steven Spielberg was further honored with the Directors Guild of America Award

The film present the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and a war profiteer who saved the lives of over 1100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference, and the drama if those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film, which also won Academy Awards for Screenplay, Cinematography, Music, Editing, and Art Direction, stars an acclaimed cast headed by Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, and Embeth Davidtz. (DVD)

Ok. First off that is the longest freaking description of a movie I have ever seen. I get it, it won a lot of awards. Anyway, I’m not going to lie, this is  LONG ASS movie. 3 hours and 16 minutes to be exact. Thank God it’s an amazing movie. It’s a really interesting choice to make the movie in black and white. Overall, I think it was smart, and it worked out perfectly to the sharp contrast of the remaining survivors in 1993 at the end. Which, going along with that, was a beautiful tribute. I cried. A lot. Having the actors from the movie standing side by side with the survivor they were playing was really powerful. Anyway, the story is amazing and I understand why it took 3 hours to tell. Liam Neeson was fantastic as Oskar Schindler. He was an interesting man. A Nazi, probably an alcoholic (there wasn’t a scene in the movie where he wasn’t drinking something) cheated on his wife, a failed businessman. Yet, he was a truly compassionate person who felt the pain of the millions of Jews. Liam Neeson did a great job portraying that. Ben Kingsley was excellent as Stern, and Ralph Fiennes was positively evil as Amon Goeth, the head of the Plosaw camp. But, there were times when you thought there was some shred of feelings showing through, and you could see that there was good in there, but it was all covered up by Nazi propaganda, military training, and a disregard for human life. In my opinion, I thought it was interesting to see the whole concentration camp thing from a different perspective. There are a million movies about the Jewish side of living in a concentration camp, but this one showed the side of the Nazis running the camp. it’s always interesting to see a different perspective, even though it’s not meant to change opinions or anything like that. Overall, I’m glad I finally watched this movie, it is definitely worth it.

9.5/10

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