Schindler's List Reviews
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.
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).
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.
Brodd, Jeffrey. Invitation to World Religions. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. Print.
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.
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.
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.