Schindlers List: Movie Review: Schindler's List

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A CRITIQUE ON STEPHEN SPELBERG’S SCHINDLER’S LIST

Stephen Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List, premiered on November 30, 1993 in Washington D.C. The film is based on the life of Oskar Schindler, a German business man who was a member of the Nazi party during World War II. More than this, he is known for saving more than a thousand Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. This film was a box office success, earning $321.2 million worldwide on a $22 million budget. It was the recipient of seven Academy Awards (out of twelve nominations), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score, as well as numerous other awards (including seven BAFTAs and three Golden Globes). In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked the film 8th on its list of the 100 best American films of
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Steven Spielberg chooses specific cinematography to allow the audience to get sucked in mentally and emotionally to the horrific events that happened during the time of holocaust. Throughout the movie, Spielberg chooses to produce the film in black and white with only 4 spots of color. Through this, he allows the audience to ponder the innocence through a little girl and her red coat. Spielberg and the film’s composer John Williams collectively select certain scenes to add music. Through this, the team is able to get emotional reactions from the audience. Especially when the Jewish alphabet is playing and mothers are running after their children. While these aspects of the movie have proven to be effective to an audience, some historians believe that during this film the portrayal of the Jewish culture is stereotyped and does not offer full authenticity it claims to have. Overall, Schindler’s List proved to be successful in the box office. With earning over 300 million dollars in sales, Schindler’s List effectively gives light to a horrific time in world

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