Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz, Malgorzata Gebel, Shmuel Levy, Mark Ivanir, Béatrice Macola, Andrzej Seweryn, Friedrich von Thun, Krzysztof Luft, Harry Nehring, Norbert Weisser, Oliwia Dabrowska
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Adapted Screenplay (Steven Zaillian); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score (John Williams)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Liam Neeson); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ralph Fiennes); Best Costume Design; Best Sound; Best Makeup
I First Saw In: c. 2009
Synopsis: In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Did You Know? Steven Spielberg refuse to be paid for the film. Instead, he donated his salary to the Shoah Foundation.
Quotables: ITZHAK STERN: It’s Hebrew. It’s from the Talmud. It says, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”
And now a Word from the Guise:
I have watched this film 3 times now, and each time it has been incredibly difficult to watch. I can try to emotionally distract myself all I want, but it leaves me depressed, angry, and disgusted. The level of inhumanity that we possess for our brethren, that we can be so malevolent and evil toward each other, that we can somehow believe that anything such as race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, etc. could make others inferior to us, sickens me to my core. I abhor it on a fundamental level.
Spielberg captures the horrors of the Holocaust with both grandiosity and subtlety. Everyone will recall the little girl in red, vibrant against the black-and-white. But the most beautiful part for me comes at the very end, when all the surviving members of the “Schindler Jews” join the actors that played them, and together they place rocks on Oskar Schindler’s headstone.
I shudder to call this one of my favourites, simply for its nature, but it is easily one of the greatest films of all time. A truly devastating, albeit moving, piece.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233