Schindler’s List 1993
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes.
Today I look back to one of the most impressive films I have ever seen. The Holocaust is one of the most horrific events in history and sometimes I find it hard to believe that it ever happened, but it did. There are many films about this subject and they are all devastating to see, there are films like Sophie’s choice with Meryl Streep, Life is beautiful, The boy in the striped pajamas and The pianist among many others films. But I believe Spielberg went to a more historical approach and gave a front seat view of the events and made the film more like a documentary. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography. Earning nominations for Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
The movie follows the life of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi womanizer who was at first just trying to profit from the war. Through his eyes, we see the events of the Holocaust unfolding, the taking of the Jews to the different camps to the horrible things they did to them at the camps. He hired Isaac Stern who helped him with the finances of his business and in hiring Jews who rather work than face the other alternatives. This movie has so many scenes that just leave you stunned and amazed at the evil capacity of human beings. There is a scene where a woman who is an architect suggests to the Nazi soldier about how to improve something they were building, he then shot her and then ordered to do what she suggested. The worst scene for me shows Ralph Fiennes character waking up in the morning and shooting randomly at Jews from his window. The pure evil of the heart of those men. Thankfully the main focus of the film is the transformation of Schindler’s life and how at the end he tried and saved the lives of many Jews. The ending of the film is one of the best acting performances I have seen, Liam Neeson effectively shows the remorse of Oskar for not saving more people.
Steven Spielberg made this film from his heart and it shows. I found out there were scenes he just could not be present while filming because he was affected by them (Wikipedia, 2019). He also thanked his wife for saving him every day while making the film and that the great Robin Williams often called to cheer him up (Wikipedia, 2019). He really made an unforgettable film and great way to have history remember the awfulness of this tragic event. He then founded the Shoa Foundation to conduct interviews with survivors in order to preserve their testimonies on film.
The performances in the movie are great especially Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley. They both are so good in this movie. You can feel their struggle, and in the case of Neeson’s character, the change as the movie goes along. If it was not for Hank’s performance in Forrest Gump, Neeson should have won for Best Actor that year. Ralph Fiennes also gave a great performance as the evil captain in charge of a concentration camp.