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December 8, 2016
Steven Spielberg's amazing masterpiece, this black-and-white film manages to pack a lot of story within its 3-hour long runtime. The film has amazing performances from Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes, has some well-conducted music most notably in the full-colour ending and manages to successfully combine drama with horror and unexpected humour. This film is not only one of Spielberg's best movies to date but may also be remembered as one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time and for adults and older teens will be an unforgettable motion picture experience.
December 7, 2016
Director, Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial) directs,
Schindler's List, with the intentions of recreating the Holocaust as realistic as possible, and succeeds masterfully. Every scene involving the Nazis were so brilliantly directed and very intense, and scenes of them in the labor camps are truly terrifying. Schindler's List, is the most realistic depiction of the Holocaust to ever hit the screen.
December 6, 2016
Schindler's List is directed by Steven Spielberg, and it stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes in a historical film about a German businessman who's in the Nazi Party, but creates a factory and put hundreds of Jews in there to secretly keep them safe, while also keep them working so that no one knows about something fishy going on. This is actually one of my favorite films that I've seen, and I seen this more than once despite the long runtime that's 3 hours long. When I see it for the fourth time in Holocaust class, and to this day, it remains to be one of the best movies that I have even seen. Liam Neeson is my favorite actor, and this is one of the reasons why he is because he gives a fantastically-layered performance that knocks his performance out of the park that makes me convinced that he knows how to do business, and understand his way that makes him want to save as many Jewish refugees as possible. He also does a good job of giving an emotional moment which at the end, makes it a very heartbreaking one but also giving an ambiguous question of if it would've been better if he went through time and do what he said. Ben Kingsley is great as he tells Oskar about what he can do that's the right thing, metaphorically as his conscience. Ralph Fiennes did a fantastic job of being such an evil character that he's just having fun with it, as he usually does like this and Harry Potter. This is probably the closest movie that understands what the Holocaust is like as people giving crap to Jewish people, what the Jews have to deal with in terms of living and working conditions, and even getting kids on the trucks which gets a lot of mothers trying to get them out of it, which is the most horrifying part of the film for me, even if I seen this before, it still get chills out of it. The black-and-white shot is a wise choice and it makes it feel more effective and more of its time period, and the score by John Williams is relaxing, but very sad to listen to. It has the one aspect that many Holocaust films not use, and that is the humanism from Steven Spielberg that gives his vision that gives some humanity from the Jews that helps them get through with the Holocaust. Even when it's more than 3 hours long, I was never bored, it never felt stretched out, and it has great writing from Steven Zaillian that gives tons of informations of the Holocaust. The movie is very powerful, haunting, and just a masterpiece that World War 2 films are never up to this film, and so are tons of films in general.
December 3, 2016
It's been a while since I watched Schindler's List, so it's not fresh in my mind, but I've seen it more than once. Every time I see it, I am once again profoundly emotionally affected and reminded of the power of this story.

This story needed to be told, and it was told very well. It pulls you in, deeply. If you are capable of crying while watching a movie, you will cry at some points. You may start to ponder humanity, human nature, and the reasons for things.

I was caught up in the stories of multiple individuals being told here. Some things play out the way you hope they will; some don't. As we know, millions of people were killed by Nazi genocide during WWII, but here is one story about how the actions of one at first reluctant hero can make a tremendous difference to the lives of many. It's a complex and touching story, an important one.

People have asked, how could this happen? Many Germans said they didn't know what was happening or how bad things really were.

What was one of the first things to go in Hitler's Germany? And in every dictatorship? Freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and freedom to openly express dissent without fear of punishment. When the only news is what the people in power want you to know, that's how people remain ignorant when something like this happens.

Concentration camps like the ones depicted in Schindler's List were approved and authorized by Adolph Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, decades ago. His top circle ensured that his vision of ethnic cleansing was carried out. Millions of people were brought to the camps, mostly ethnic Jews, kept in horrible conditions, and killed. Why? Ethnic hatred, intolerance for people of a different race, and a stirring up against those who are different. They were rounded up and shipped out, methodically, and brought to these camps. Those who tried to take a stand against Hitler's policies, in any way, were rounded up and harrassed. Many of them were also put into the camps to share in the Jews' fate.

Any time large numbers of people are to be rounded up, should we look away? Should we say "They asked for it" or "They deserve it"? Is that what we should do? Should we not pay attention to where they go or what their fate is or how they are treated?

If you like this, I recommend watching Machine Gun Preacher as well as Hotel Rwanda, both stories of actual modern day heroes saving people from genocide. The world needs more heroes like this. Ask a Syrian Christian (if you can find one that is still alive).
December 3, 2016
Emotionally moving and visually captivating. This movie is essential for all enjoyers of film, history or the humanities in any sense of the word.
November 17, 2016
What a legend - Oskar Schlinder!!
½ November 13, 2016
Oskar Schindler, a Czech manufacturer and factory owner, is on his way to dine with Amon Goeth, Nazi commandant of the Paszów labor camp outside Kraców, Poland, in 1943. Schindler's car travels on the broken Jewish gravestones that pave the road to Goeth's villa. Inside the villa, as Jewish musicians play unobtrusively, Goeth is surrounded by local police and prostitutes. Schindler encounters Goeth's maid, Helen Hirsch, who has been severely beaten by Goeth; terrified, she confides to Schindler about Goeth's frequent brutality and begs Schindler to find and save her younger sister.
In early 1940, Kraców's Jews are forced into an overcrowded ghetto, while their Christian neighbors harass and spit at them. Despite vicious slogans and posters promising violent punishment for those who help Jews, Schindler assures his workers that they are safe with him.
Shortly thereafter, Schindler is arrested by the Nazis on a trumped up charge of some irregularity in his bookkeeping, but because of the intervention of bribed Nazi officials, Schindler is released. Later, however, when his workers throw him a birthday party, Schindler is denounced for kissing a young female Jewish worker. He is rearrested but soon released because of intervention from ranking Nazi officials.
The Schindler men are successfully transported to Brünnlitz; the women are mistakenly routed to Auschwitz. Weeks later, Schindler pays officials to release the women to his charge, marking the only time that a train with living passengers leaves a death camp during the Holocaust.
During the remaining months of the war, Schindler bribes and manipulates officials so that the Jews in his charge can survive; his factory produces no useable shells. At war's end, he exhorts his factory's German guards to return to their families peacefully and gives the remaining food and supplies to his Jewish workers.
After the war, Schindler is unsuccessful in business and is often bankrupt, but he is well cared for by his former employees. Honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum, Schindler spends his remaining years traveling between Germany and Israel. He dies in 1974 at the age of sixty-six and is buried in Jerusalem.
Schindler's list relates to World Religions part of Judaism. Judaism is mainly known for having survived the Holocaust which is unlike any other religion. Judaism involves the belief of one God and His chosen people are the Jews. It is a religion developed from ancient Hebrews that is still growing as of today.
November 13, 2016
This was the most heart wrenching three hours of my life. This film of the Holocaust was done in a mind boggling sense of brilliance. The major thing I took from it was the Jews will and drive to survive. The one lady speaking to her husband of the fact things could get worse in regards to their stay. It showed the beautiful spirit of the Jewish people.
November 13, 2016
Miguel DeJesus, Schindler's List is a very good movie and should be watched by everyone, the director does a good job at depicting what life was like for the Jews during concentration camp time and World War 2. The story takes place during the year 1939, a man named Oskar Schindler come to Krakow during World War 2 on business looking to make money. During that time Schindler became friends with the Nazi party, Schindler hired Jews as his employees in his factory. Schindler witnessed the many killings of the Jews and the concentration camps where they were forced to move to. A part in the movie that stood out the most was when Schindler spotted the little girl in the red coat as she was hiding from the Nazi but later it shows the body of the little girl on one of the wagons carrying the dead bodies. In the end Schindler and the Nazi must run from the Red Army to avoid being capture. This movie relates to world religion because of the religion of the Jews and the Nazi. This movies relates mostly to Judaism, the earliest reference to Jews is the Hebrews, Israelites and the people of Judah. (Brodd, 2013, 343) In many centuries that followed, the number of Jews living outside of their historic homeland ultimately far exceeded those living within its borders. (Brodd, 2013, 344) For more than two millennia, therefore, dispersion, acculturation, and resistance to total assimilation have formed the larger pattern of Jewish life and must serve as the backdrop to any discussion of Judaism as a historical religion. (Brodd, 2013, 345) Schindler's List was a very moving movie and showed the many things the Jews had to endure during that and all those innocent men, women, and children that lost their lives. Also the part that did stand out was the little girl in the red coat, she is so faultless and afraid and no child should have to feel that way.
Brodd, Jeffrey. Invitation to World Religions. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. Print.
½ November 13, 2016
I enjoyed this black and white film about Schindler's many acts of courage and bravery. The movie is a historical "Docudrama" of true events during WWII when Jewish people were persecuted for their religious and cultural beliefs. Schindler spends the war keeping "his" Jews employed and working so that they might live to see the end of the Nazi regime. There are many important themes, symbolisms and motifs within this movie that add to the beautifully sad account of WWII. This movie was very moving and extremely hard to watch at times. The sad and horrible accounts of WWII have been accurately and historically depicted in this Film about Schindler and his many attempts to save the Jewish community during WWII.
November 10, 2016
Schindler's List, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 1993 and claimed 7 Oscars awards won for the film. The true story plot revolves around Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman in 1939 in the city of Krakow, Poland. The film starts off with Schindler employing a Jewish accountant, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), establishing Jewish business ties, and having Stern work as his right-hand man. Schindler starts off with a mindset of profit, contrary to his ending mindset. Jews in Krakow cannot own businesses, so Schindler decides to attract Jewish investors, and paying them back in his products, rather than currency in order to maximize his profit. After obtaining these investors (they give in to investing finally, realizing that currency is useless in the Krakow Ghetto), he hires Jews from the ghetto, rather than non-Jewish Poles, as they are cheaper to employ. This is where the accountant, Stern, comes into his role. Since these Jews hired from the ghetto are deemed essential by the local Nazi government, they are saved from almost certain death from the ghetto and the in-construction concentration camp. Stern realizes this, and hires more and more Jews in order to save as many lives as possible. Schindler is not onboard with this idea at first, but eventually he switches from profiteering to trying to actively save as many Jewish lives as possible, risking and sacrificing his own wealth in order to do so. At the high-point of the plot, the SS officer in charge of the local camp is ordered to kill and burn all Jewish inhabitants of Krakow in an 'evacuation'. Schindler then gives up almost all of his wealth and personal belongings in order to bribe the SS officer to let the Jews work for him in Czechoslovakia, sparing their lives. Schindler's List incorporates the use of black & white film in the modern era wonderfully, which is rarely seen. The plot often touches upon morals, and the "Why does God let this happen" idea is shown, commonly discussed within theologians and philosophers of all religions and lackthereofs.
November 3, 2016
This film is absolutely brilliant. The direction is precise, the acting is stellar. It features my favorite John Williams score ever. I remember watching it on DVD when I was 15 and thinking that the girl in the red dress was a terribly sentimental idea. Right now, I can see it's a great dramatic tool. It hints at the protagonist's motivation and this is something a film with such an enigmatic leading character needs really badly. Oskar Schindler was a deeply flawed man and the film doesn't make excuses for his personality or his intention. But it doesn't criticize him, either. It just tells a complex story and it's extremely inventive in combining the overall picture, the big picture, the Holocaust tragedy, and the deeply personal story. On many levels. MVP: Ralph Fiennes.
½ November 2, 2016
The movie review of Schindler List by Leander Herring


In telling their stories, Steven Spielberg found a way to approach the Holocaust, which is a subject too vast and tragic to be encompassed in any reasonable way by fiction. In the ruins of the saddest story of the century, he found, not a happy ending, but at least one affirming that resistance to evil is possible and can succeed. In the face of the Nazi charnel houses, it is a statement that has to be made, or we sink into despair.
The film has been an easy target for those who find Spielberg's approach too upbeat or "commercial," or condemn him for converting Holocaust sources into a well-told story. But every artist must work in his medium, and the medium of film does not exist unless there is an audience between the projector and the screen. Claude Lanzmann made a more profound film about the Holocaust in "Shoah," but few were willing to sit through its nine hours. Spielberg's unique ability in his serious films has been to join artistry with popularity--to say what he wants to say in a way that millions of people want to hear.
In ''Schindler's List,'' his brilliant achievement is the character of Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson as a man who never, until almost the end, admits to anyone what he is really doing. Schindler leaves it to ''his'' Jews, and particularly to his accountant Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), to understand the unsayable: that Schindler is using his factory as a con game to cheat the Nazis of the lives of his workers. Schindler leaves it to Stern, and Spielberg leaves it to us; the movie is a rare case of a man doing the opposite of what he seems to be doing, and a director letting the audience figure it out itself.
This film I really didn't understand it, because the movie left you to figure it out on your own, however it relates to World Religion, because God was their Provider and Protector. Even though bad things would happen to His people-which [were seen] as the justified result of their failure to honor Him and the way of life He presented to them-periods of oppression would always be followed by salvation, and eventually the persecution-ending, exile-gathering, peace-bringing redemption would occur. As the Passover haggadah expresses it, "in every generation enemies rise up seeking to destroy us, but God delivers us from their hands." The Holocaust was World Religion.
October 31, 2016
Puntaje Original: 9.5

Una de las películas más hermosas jamas creadas, ésta maravillosa película te hará ver el significado de la vida como nunca antes se había hecho, una película que realmente vale la pena ver.
½ October 30, 2016
Schindler's List begins with a pair of Sabbath candles being lit. A Jewish prayer is recited in Hebrew. It continues as the candles melt and as they fade and go out, the film turns to black and white. The smoke from the flame turns to the smoke from a train and you see the arrival station at Krakow. Jews would arrive 10,000 a day into Krakow from the country side and forced to live in the city. Oskar Schindler is seen going to the Judenrat which is the Jewish council. He visits and finds Itzhak Stern who has previously been an accountant. He's looking for Stern to assist him run his business. The factory will pay for goods in exchange for Jewish investors since Jew's cannot receive money. The workers are deemed essential and cannot be sent to the death camp being built (Plaszów). Schindler is then at a church to secure a source for goods and materials to provide, he will later order things that the Jew's working for him would want. Before long Jew's are forced from their homes and into a 16-block ghetto. There is a little girl yelling 'goodbye Jews' which is more significant than anyone knows at the time. Schindler and Stern meet and say goods will be the new currency and that Jews are cheaper to employ than Poles. Stern agrees to help Schindler. In a raid of the ghetto, the Jewish are forced onto trains to Plaszów and found in floors, furniture etc and some killed in streets. Schindler see's this and begins to realize what is happening to those being moved. After meeting with Helen and Stern many times he realizes what Goeth is doing and what is happening at the death camps. Schindler has Stern make a list of all the people he intends to buy and presents it to Goeth. They are separated and the women end up at Auschwitz where Schindler must pay for them again. He hides them at factory in his hometown until the war ends. Schindler allows the Rabbi to prepare for the Sabbath at sundown on a Friday, allowing the Jew's to begin returning to their religious beliefs. The Germans find out what Schindler has done for the last seven months and he must flee, but he has saved 1,100 lives. He is presented with a ring made from the Talmud for his saving lives. The movie returns to color and shows footage of holocaust survivors walking free.
It goes without saying the holocaust greatly impacted Jewish and non-Jewish. There were those who believe that God was still there through and after the holocaust and that humanity must play itself out and that God cannot change this. Others became non-believing in God, however some say that even this belief shows at the deepest roots, people still believe in God.
October 22, 2016
This movie has a pacing to it - to be sure. But this is one of the first movies that I have ever seen to thoroughly track the transition of a human being turning in to another human being. Pilot in to Jesus. Rarely do you read a story of watch a film that can do such a thing with a character and make you see every little tick in that direction. There are millions and millions of little turning points and you see everything in this film. There is excellent acting, staging, humor, grief, and if the ending doesn't fuck you the hell up - you're crazy.
½ October 16, 2016
A very real and human film about one mans heartfelt choice to rescue thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.....and a true to life film which will be remembered for generations. 4.5 Stars !
October 9, 2016
The greatest World War II film.
½ October 9, 2016
Overly long and not particularly fast-paced, Schindler's List is still a brutally realistic insight into the Holocaust and the study of human behaviour.
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