Schindler's List Reviews
Most of Steven Spielberg's films are popcorn entertainment, and in many ways, Schindler's List could be considered the popcorn holocaust film. However, I was in awe the way Spielberg masterfully played his audience. He shot the film as an artist, and with 25% of the sentimentality any other filmmaker would have used. More importantly, he used his technical skills to create a brutal and harrowing vision of Nazi atrocities in a way no other abstract thinker could possibly have done. Stanley Kubrick and Terry Gilliam once said that Spielberg failed to make a true masterpiece, because "Schindler's List was about success...the holocaust was about failure." However, to me, this just makes Spielberg a success. How anyone could make a holocaust backdrop as an inspiring story of humanity is nothing short of genius. Spielberg earns the highest honor-he's Leni Riefenstahl good. And thank God he uses his talent for good and not evil.
What I Learned: I think this movie really showed me how to present a narrative about death and despair in a mainstream way. I've always struggled with how to present such terrible visions that need to be heard, to an audience that wants to be entertained. It's not about compromise, the Propaganda Master said to me. It's about proper focus.
Y si bien este clásico moderno suyo no me llego a impresionar tanto como yo esperaba, no se puede negar el excelente trabajo de las partes integrantes. Desde las magníficas actuaciones de su reparto, encabezado por Liam Neelson, hasta el genial trabajo de fotografía y edición.
¿Un gran clásico? Sin duda.
At 3 hours and 15 minutes, Schindler's List is easily one of the longest films I've seen in my relatively short lifetime. Honestly, I don't believe the plot starts until an hour in. Somehow, the riveting storytelling here keeps me compelled to watch every second. I just can't miss a frame. Even better, Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley's were so poignant. Every line was spoken with a certain level of emotion perfect for the scene. The characters were easy enough to like. It made this movie so much more heart-wrenching.
One of the most brilliant yet basic parts of this movie is that nearly every scene was filmed in black and white. It gave it a timey feel, as if the viewer was really there watching this disturbing tale unfold. I would recommend this movie to everyone. Whether you watch it for the brilliant filmmaking or the historical aspect of it all, it is a must-see.
Liam Neeson is just fine as Oskar Schindler. I wouldn?t say he delivered much that stood out as special in the performance, but he crushes that final scene. Ralph Fiennes plays a horrible Nazi officer, and he sells that character brilliantly. It?s more than just his despicable actions, but the facial expressions and body language plays into the evil of the character as well. Then there?s Ben Kingsley who can do no wrong, in my opinion. He plays the role of Schindler?s bookkeeper well, and you can see how he would be able to influence his boss and earn his respect.
Schindler?s List is very long at more than 3 hours and, while it?s hard to say that extra time is not necessary, it certainly seems drawn out occasionally. I think part of the problem is when the movie fails to focus in on Schindler?s endeavors, and it takes a more macro view of the Holocaust. These scenes set a tone and inform us of what is happening (and how life for Jews is getting progressively worse) but we don?t totally see the connection between that and what Schindler is doing. Also I see no real purpose in the heavy emphasis on Schindler?s love life, because that all seemed superfluous..
The choice to film in black-and-white is an interesting one. I wonder sometimes if Schindler?s List would be a bit more effective at conveying the horrible nature of the gore if the blood were red and we had to witness the real trauma inflicted on the people. However, the black-and-white does lend the movie a documentary feel which works well for this kind of historical drama. The score is haunting, and conveys a perfect tone to the movie. I can?t say I was totally enamored with Schindler?s List, but it?s a tough one to watch so that?s not really a surprise. I definitely respect it, though, and think in many aspects it truly is a masterpiece.