Can we criticize this movie now?
I mean, has enough time passed? Or has the release of *Schindler's List*
on DVD fueled a new hushed awe towards the picture?
Spielberg's critic-proof Holocaust film has several problems, the biggest
which is the way it turns a horrible real-life tragedy into a three-hanky
melodrama. I continue to maintain that the Holocaust is generally
unfilmable, in terms of what we might call a standard movie. Generally
unfilmable, but not inevitably unfilmable. Off the top of my head, I can
recommend two recent films on this subject: Francesco Rosi's *The
and Costa-Gavras' *Amen". Both films approach this material with far
nuance than Spielberg's film, which, I repeat, is weepy melodrama. (And
such, treads a fine line between reverence and tastelessness.) For that
matter, Polanski's *The Pianist* gives us a more unique approach than
we get here, which is a movie that features a hero whom your average
American multiplex popcorn-tub-muncher can easily identify with: a
gregarious capitalist named Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) who, despite
the war-profiteering (read: "initiative"), turns out to have a heart of
gold. Or marshmallow mush. Please don't bother pointing out that this is
"true story": those who've read the actual book by Thomas Kenneally on
which the movie is based will be rather shocked by the movie's willingness
to sacrifice verisimilitude for "dramatic license". The biggest example
this is the "villain" of the piece, SS-Kommandant Amon Goeth (Ralph
Fiennes in a career-making performance). The screenplay ladles all sorts
Freudian syrup over this character, meaning: he's crazy as a loon. So
for the "banality of evil": instead, we get, via Fiennes' Method-y
performance, a study in mere neurosis instead of a rigorous examination of
the murderous pathology that's inherent in humanity. Spielberg can't
having Herr Goeth develop a crush on one of his Jewish housemaids, and we
get the requisite "Hath not a Jew eyes" speech, delivered with what is
supposed to be irony by Fiennes. Then he beats the crap out of her.
the plot particulars, and you've got your standard "Lifetime Channel"
movie about an abusive husband.
Don't get me wrong, the film is not a total waste of time: even melodrama
has cumulative virtues, and many of the scenes in *Schindler's List* are
quite affecting, particularly the very last sequence in which the
"Schindler Jews" appear (in color), accompanied by the actors who
portrayed them. They pay tribute to Schindler by laying stones on his
grave. Moving stuff. Ben Kingsley, who portrays the worry-wart Itzhak
Stern, must also receive special mention. And Spielberg's technical
is never open to question: this is one beautifully mounted film,
photographed. The set-design, which is called upon to perform the
task of replicating Nazi labor camps and so forth, is beyond reproach.
Proving that he's still the same guy who directed *Jaws*, Spielberg is
to send chills up our spines when a train full of Jewish women & girls is
accidentally routed to Auschwitz: it's a night-scene, replete with a
light-tower that approximates a beacon from Hell.
But, all-in-all, the movie remains an elementary approach to the Holocaust
genre. It's tailor-made for desultory viewings by 12th-graders: "Hey
we learned about the Holocaust in class today." Nothing wrong with that,
but aren't the kids better served by a FACTUAL documentary about this
subject, rather than an Oscar-baited exercise in self-importance? You
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I didnt much care for this movie...i think it was very overrated and didnt understand how anyone could like this movie....overall score was a 4.
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a good movie and very interested.
its an amazing movie.
" I'm afraid your quite mistaken, that is not snow, but the ashes of Human Beings "
Too often the history of the Second World War concentrates on the
massive destruction between the countries involved. It is true nearly
25 million people were killed, but the most horrendous tally in human
cost was suffered by a single race and they were European Jews. Anyone
who Denys this is not only a fool, but a historical moron as well.
There is so much irrefutable evidence to disprove them it's simply
ludicrous to try. In this film " Schinder's List ", director Steven
Spielberg lays it out cinematically for all to see. The film has so
many notable qualities, it's difficult to say which illuminated it the
most. The story is based on the real life of humanitarian Oscar
Schindler (Liam Neeson) who began the war as a Nazi sympathizer and
profiter, but soon realized his Nazi friends were murdering millions,
on behalf of the most damnable doctrine ever created. Itzhak Stern (Ben
Kingsley) plays the courageous bookkeeper who not only kept
Schindeler's files, but helped him to save the lives of thousands. The
heavy, Amon Goeth is played despicably evil by Ralph Fiennes. It is
very interesting that during the war, ten of thousands were proud to be
Nazi soldiers and SS men, yet after the war, you couldn't find two who
would own up to their murderous atrocities. Still the movie has
garnered so much acclaim and honor, it has become a tribute to
Spielberg and his effort to remember the Hollocaust and the saddest
chapter in human history. With no effort at all this has become a
Classic in every sense of the word. *****.