Sunday, November 27, 2011

Schindler’s List (1993)

Category: Reviews

Schindler’s ListSet in Poland at the time of the Second World War, Schindler’s List is based on the true story of a German-Nazi businessman Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson), who employed Jews to run his weapon factory serving the Nazi forces. Jews cost less, an appetizer for a businessman interested in money-making. But witnessing the reckless killing of Jews in the area near his factory, Schindler decides to save as many Jews as possible by employing them and thereby saving them from concentration camps. Steven Spielberg took up a subject that reaches the core of humanity—a greedy man transforming into an angel in his very earthly figure.
Though Spielberg has instilled appeal in almost every scene of this production, some of the scenes, particularly toward the end, are masterfully done attention-grabbers. The one showing the terror of Schindler’s employee girls driven inside the showers and Oscar’s farewell address to his workers are matchless.   

The film is in black and white, and so coming quite real a chapter from the history. Liam Neeson plays the role of his life, and excels in it. His get up, speech, gestures – all so perfect. Ralph Fiennes as Nazi military officer Amon Göth and Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern (Schindler’s Jewish accountant) have delivered credible performances; in fact any creature seen in the film appears as real as life. The set and location literally take you out of your chair and into the dark world of Nazi terror.
The movie closes in color, showing the real life characters (Schindler’s Jews shown in the film, now aged) walking hand in hand with the respective actors and paying homage to Oskar Schindler’s grave in the Jewish town inhabited by his workers after he left Poland to escape capture and death by the Red Army. For its subject, direction, and overall effect, Schindler’s List is without question one of the most memorable films ever!