Schindler’s List is a 1993 biographical film that talks about the life and legacy of German industrialist Oskar Schindler. The film is based on the 1982 book Schindler’s Ark written by Thomas Keneally. The film stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as Amon Göth and Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg.
Oskar Schindler, an industrialist who works for the German Army witnesses the horrors of the Holocaust decides to help the Jews that work in his factory escape in order to avoid being murdered by the Nazis.
Why It Rocks
- Well written story.
- Memorable beginning and ending.
- The film had a good mix of color and black and white.
- Memorable music composed by John Williams.
- Steven Spielberg did a good job directing and is a great choice of director since he is Jewish himself and has direct ties to the Holocaust.
- The depictions of the actual Nazi raids were authentic.
- The performanes are well done.
- The tribute at the end was nice.
- Powerful emotional moments.
- It was filmed on location in Poland.
The Only Bad Quality
- The poster is misleading, as it depicts Schindler saving the girl in the red coat, yet she is seen dead after the ghetto liquidation.
Schindler’s List currently holds a 96% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus that reads "Schindler's List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece." Film critics Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune  and Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film extremely favorable reviews, awarded the film a "two thumbs up". Gene and Roger both named it the best film of 1993. The film was placed in the National Film Registry in 2004.
Awards and nominations
Schindler’s List won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
- After making this movie, Spielberg couldn't depict Nazis as stock cartoony villains anymore, which is part of the reason the villains were changed to Soviets in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Harrison Ford's advanced age being another thing)
- John Williams initially refused to score this film because he didn't think he was good enough. Spielberg's response was "Anyone who is better is dead."