Every filmmaker makes at least one film in his lifetime that resonate his name into the infinite future. “Schindler's List” is Steven Spielberg’s THAT film!
BY the 90’s Steven Spielberg was a name synonym to big budget box office successes. He was on a high ride with his critically & commercially successful films like Indian Jones, Hook & first Jurassic Park.
So, when the studio declared his name as a director for Schindler’s List, it took the Hollywood by storm. But Spielberg, who belongs to a family of holocaust survivors, took this opportunity to show his artistic side and gave the world a masterpiece, Schindler’s List.
Based on the 1982 novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List is a true story of a businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. When the SS begins massacring Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, to save innocent lives. This film is a dramatized account of one man, who made a difference and the survivors of one of the darkest chapters in human history. While the film talks about the importance of humanity and selflessness, it also strongly criticizes the rest of the world’s lenient approach towards the World War II and its collateral damages.
About the film
Try to recall any World War documentary you have seen till date. You must be remembering it in ‘black and white’. So, to give similar experience to the audience, Steven Spielberg decided to shoot the film in black and white. This one creative decision brought more reality and seriousness to the film. Where in the 90s, Hollywood films were riding on VFX tide (thanks to Spielberg again, for setting high standards for specialeffects!) Spielberg himself decided to go basic on this WW2 tale of dark.
Talking about the performances, Liam Neeson gave his career’s best performance and showed the fans, what he could do with a character with depth. Ralph Fiennes became a sought after name in Hollywood after he played a menacing Amon Goeth.
The film bluntly comments on the rest of the world, who was quite on the handling of Jews in WW2. A Girl in Red Coat in the film is shown as the symbol to the sheer ignorance of powerful world leaders of those times, who conveniently ignored the reality of concentration camps and left the Jews on their own fate.
At the Oscars:
With 12 Nominations of the night, Schindler's List took home 7 trophies With Best Film & Best Director for Steven Spielberg.