Schindler's List 1993 15 187min BW/Colour
Probably Steven Spielberg’s finest work and possibly the best feature about the Holocaust, this is the story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a chancer who inexplicably (the film doesn’t attempt to unravel his complexity) risked his own life to save those of 1,100 Jews working in his Krakow factory.
Superbly made with sentimentality mostly held at bay and splendidly played by Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes as the brutal Nazi commander. The only splash of colour in the film is the red coat worn by a little girl whom we follow to her death.
Did you know? Spielberg was unable to get permission to film inside Auschwitz, so the scenes of the death camp were filmed outside the gates on a set built in a mirror image of the real location.
Say it Again! “This list is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.” Itzhak Stern
Oscars Best Picture, Steven Spielberg directing, Steven Zaillian adapted screenplay
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