Schindler's List (1993)

I'm sure there are a number of factors that make this movie excellent, and here are those which I noticed and/or felt strongly inclined to mention: 1) the music - there's something about the main motif which captures the emotion and time, 2) the black and white with three or four moments of color - useful in story telling, and 3) the gravity.

Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson)

Overall, while the movie is a long four hours, I would highly recommend any movie lover see it at least once in their life, especially if he/she enjoys dramas and/or movies set during wartime.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 95% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.


Instant Comments:
Interesting. The very first scene is in color. Until the light goes out.

Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley)

I don't remember any of these first scenes.
I couldn't hear what he said. He said, "By law, I have to tell you, sir, I'm a Jew." To which Oskar Schindler replies "Well, I'm a German. So there we are."
Yeah, I guess it's interesting to consider that Schindler was approaching the situation from a purely business standpoint.
Hehe. Everybody else left.
Wow. Such story-telling. To start with the family packing up all their valuables, their exit on the street, Schindler's arrival, switching back and forth between Schindler and the former occupants, and concluding with "It could be better." and "It could be worse." + "How on Earth could it possibly be worse!?"

Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes)

"Money is still money." "No it is not."
The second time we see Schindler offer Itzhak Stern a drink.
Third offer for alcohol. "Just pretend for Christ's sake."
Mrs. Schindler.
350 workers.
Hehe. She leaves (because he doesn't promise her what she requests).
(Possessions) People's lives ripped from them.

"Yeah, why is the top down? I'm fucking freezing." - Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes)
Huh. What is achieved by both following her advice and shooting her?
A case of euthanasia which seems justified.
A girl in red.
"I'd say I'd get you one but the man who made it is probably dead."
This is the first scene I truly remember. "Him!"
A discussion on power:

Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't.
Amon Goeth: You think that's power?
Oskar Schindler: That's what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor... pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.
Oskar Schindler: That's power, Amon. That is power.

Amon pulls his gun to kill Rabbi Menasha Lewartow (Ezra Dagan)

I wonder what is to be said about Amon when he kills Lisiek.
This is one of the most memorable scenes in the film (at the two hour mark): examination of the workers (who must parade around nude). [Oh, and the little boy trying to find a hiding place but even the toilets were taken.]
Oh no, the girl in red.
Finally Stern accepts a drink with Schindler.
I remembered the woman arriving safely, but didn't remember why they were dropped off in Auschwitz. [It's explained in the next scene.]
Why did the lights have to ominously shut off.
Despite them getting a bath, if Schindler didn't come to rectify the mistake, they could have been dead.

Emilie Schindler (Caroline Goodall) and Oskar Schindler

The candle flame has light.
Teary eyed: "I could have got more."
I essentially had this question "Who are the people at the end and why are they putting stones on the grave?" and it had the following answer: "They are real Schindler Jew survivors accompanied by the actors that portrayed them. Laying stones on a grave is a traditional sign of respect for Jewish people and is done especially when the individual was not present at the funeral of the deceased."
Liam Neeson is shown standing before the grave after the rose gets placed. Is he the one who placed the rose? [Yes.]

Amon and Helen Hirsch (Embeth Davidtz)

Watched about half once before when I was visiting family in Arizona.
Watched once before in graduate school with my friend Arash.
Watched 20180302 (Netflix, Instant)
Schindler's List (1993) Steven Spielberg. 195 min [botn Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally]

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