Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Schindler's List

What can I say about Schindler's List? Is it really a film? Because while watching it I couldn't believe my eyes. I was so involved in it and compelled by it. Now I see why they say that this is essential viewing.
In the thick of World War II, a member of the Nazi Party, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) hires hundreds of Jews to work for him in his manafacturing business. While doing this, he is saving their lives, but does this at a cost: how long can he prevent them from meeting their demise at a concentration camp?
In one of my classes, I heard someone complaining because this movie was made in Black and White. What I have to say to them is: get over it. There is no way this movie would have been as good if it wasn't filmed in Black and White. I will never forget that breath taking scene where the camera is on Oskar smoking a cigarette in a bar, it was more beautiful than anything I had ever seen before (call me weird, but that was on really good shot).
I really can't say a lot about this movie in the fear that I might say too much, or risking sounding like a film school tryhard. I loved the performances: Liam Neeson was amazing beyond words and should have definitely got the Oscar; Ralph Fiennes surprised me, was rather good looking (besides the muffintop) in Black and White, but I have to say Leonardo DiCaprio deserved the Oscar more that year for What's Eating Gilbert Grape, which he never got; and Ben Kingsley, with hair! What can I say?
Steven Spielberg did an amazing job with this movie, because everything about it really worked. I really can't describe it in any other way but to say: this movie changed my life.

Essential they all say. One of the best movies I have ever seen.

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