Film Review: Schindler's List

The film I selected to analyze in this paper was Schindler's List, which was directed by Steven Spielberg. I selected this film specifically, because I always found the subject matter relating to the events of the Holocaust interesting. All of the subject matter I had been exposed to about the Holocaust was from books and through oral teaching, so I thought a film that focused on the Holocaust could give me a deeper meaning of the actual event itself. One of my high school history teachers use to reference Schindler's List in class, which is what originally pin pointed me to the movie itself. In 1994 Schindler's List was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and received seven, including best movie, best direction, and best adapted screenplay, …show more content…
evil. Oskar Schindler was the major symbol in the idea of one individual can make a huge difference in a specific society. Without the help of Schindler hundreds or even thousands of more Jews would have been added to the over 6 million that were murdered, during the time of the Holocaust. Compared to other concentration camps, the creation of his factory and camp allowed some Jews to live with some sanity as well as little to no cruelty. He gave Jews work when there was nowhere else they could go, other than to go get abused by other Nazi officers. The idea of good vs. evil also incorporated Oskar Schindler into its theme as well. Schindler was the good and the other Nazi party officers who were entirely out to kill the "low ranked" Jews were the evil side of the manner. Schindler tried to turn Nazi officers over to the good side by telling them to verbally discipline the Jews, rather than kill them, but they rarely ever took his advice. Schindler was part of the Nazi party, but didn’t have the morals of a man that would typically have participated in the party. Instead, the Nazis did everything they could to torture the Jews and make their lives feel completely meaningless. The film showed how the officers would shoot Jews for the most miniscule reasons, so they could watch them suffer. Killing the Jews and or abusing them was the officers sense of power, during the time of the Holocaust. The Nazis came up with lots of elaborate philosophical explanations as to why they needed to do what they did. However, in the end, it came down to pure, irrational Jew-hatred that was the true meaning behind why they acted the way they

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