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Schindler's List

by

Roger Davidson

Schindler's List
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People usually ask me "What is your favorite movie"? If you had asked me that a few years back, I wouldn't have been able to tell you. Now however, things have changed. Schindler's List is the most excellent film I've ever seen. It will be a while before another film will be able to top this one. Everything about it is fantastic. It tells the true tale of a rich German manufacturer (Liam Neeson), who risked his life and spent most of his fortune to save 1,100 Jews from execution. Schindler did most of it by way of bribing high German officers, including the gruesome commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes, in a terrific performance).

This is more than a story about the Holocaust. It's about a man, who at first only used the Jews for financial gain, then helped them survive the final solution and gained their respect. The top three performances are fantastic. Neeson is towering as Oscar Schindler. Ben Kingsley is superb as Itzhak Stern, the Jewish accountant who really runs Schindler's factory. Fiennes is frightening as Goeth, who kills Jews for pleasure, yet has a fetish for his Jewish maid (Embeth Davitz). The stark black-and-white cinematography is perfect for the atmosphere, capturing the grim era that was the Holocaust. The art direction is well-done in recreating the concentration camps. And the most surprising thing about this is Steven Spielberg's direction. There has never been any better from him. At first you think, "How could Spielberg do a film like this"? Then, if you look a little closer, you'll find his beautiful magic touch in the picture.

My Rating = Four Stars


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