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Experience one of the most historically significant films of all time like never before with Steven Spielberg’s cinematic masterpiece, Schindler’s List. Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, this incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did. Meticulously restored from the original film negative and supervised by Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List is a powerful story whose lessons of courage and faith continue to inspire generations.
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I've seen the DVD version, and was floored by the quality of the Blu-Ray. Black and white/contrast is phenomenally good, details and sharpness are top-notch, film grain is excellent, and sound quality is clear, crisp, and distinct - especially with hushed and background tones... the restoration is truly spectacular.
The Blu-Ray, as a 20th anniversary edition, the time and care put into it does make it a must-have.
And, obviously, the drama, cinematography, moral of the story, the pain and extortion, the murder of innocent people -- NEVER FORGET.
This movie is an absolute masterpiece, in terms of storytelling, acting, writing... the only sad part is that it's based on real life events... And life shouldn't have to be so horrific... why do people treat each other so badly...
This movie, despite being in black and white, does not give a black and white account of the Holocaust. It is not a story of one side being good and the other being evil. Rather, every major character, whether a Nazi or a Jew, is made three-dimensional and realistic by their ability to have more than one role to play. Schindler, as we see throughout the film, is a businessman first and a savior second. He stays in the Nazi party’s good graces in order to further his economic aims, and he is not above bribing people to achieve his goals, but in the process he manages to save over a thousand Jews. Amon Goeth, who clearly deserves the punishment he received at the end of the film, was not portrayed as the stereotypical evil German. He did terrible things and was unjustifiably violent, but he also had his own struggles. Even Itzhak Stern, who forges documents to employ Jews who would otherwise be deemed “nonessential,” is as much an opportunist as Schindler. The film seeks to show the humanity of these characters rather than making them into stock characters. It is all well and good to read about the Holocaust in a textbook, to see the statistics of how many people were killed, or to read about the atrocities committed by Nazis, but it is more engaging and far more effecting in conveying a message to see it acted out in such a striking way.
This movie is well worth its three hours. It is painful to watch, but it is far better to feel pain than indifference. Schindler himself reminds one of Rick from Casablanca, with his general suave attitude and appearance of total control. He moves among the richest and finest company and, despite being married, has affairs with several women quite nonchalantly. The classiness and charm of Schindler’s life is contrasted by the chaos and fear of the Jewish experience. There is hardly any calmness in the scenes that involve Jewish interactions with Nazis. There is always the fear of being separated from one’s family, of being deemed not capable of working, or simply of being shot without mercy. This film also has a striking way of using music to portray Nazi control over Jews. Scenes where records or pianos are played are usually scenes where people are being sorted or killed, such as the scene in which the Nazi plays the piano while the ghetto is being sacked.
Aside from its historical accuracy and it being based on a true story, the way the characters are humanized makes the story an accurate portrayal of the Holocaust. It is not sad or dramatic simply for the sake of being sad and dramatic. The intent of this film is not to entertain, but to tell a horrible story that needs to be told.
This time I was crying openly, a lot more than the first time, in the privacy of my living room. You think you know about the Holocaust, and of course you do, but seeing it portrayed by Steven Spielberg is a life-altering experience. His skill with cinematography creates the feeling of actually being in Krakow, when the Jews were rounded up, and in the camps as their lives were changed forever, and not necessarily in a good way. Liam Neeson's portrayal of Oskar Schindler, a German manufacturer and member of the Nazi party (you had to be, to stay in business) was intelligent, amusing, and heartwarming. To see him transform from just a businessman looking for cheap (or, in this case, free, labor - you had to pay for Poles but not for Jews) to run his enamel works to a Righteous Gentile, who actively saved over 1,000 Jews, and lost every cent he had in the process, is brilliant. All of the acting is brilliant. The Nazis are portrayed in all their boorish indifference beautifully.
Spielberg made this movie so that Holocaust deniers could see that the Shoah (Hebrew for "catastrophe") actually happened. For me, there was never any doubt. And as a Jew, this movie is imperative, so that we "never forget." Well worth the price of renting it. And well worth seeing it again.
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