Schindler's List (1993)
I have seen this 3 times. It is a great movie. The movie tells the true story of a man who hired Jews in the Holocaust to work in his factory so they can live. In the process-he saves over 1,100 lives.What a terrific person Schindler was-and this IS a true story. The movie is Rated R mainly for violence, language, and nudity(Ie, the shower gas chamber scene). Mature teens should really see it despite that. This is the only Steven Spielberg movie to win Best Picture and it really earns it!I saw this for the first time in 10th grade in History class and there is something that happened that I will never forget. There was a nude scene that was skippable since it was just Schindler and a woman getting it on and nothing more. My teacher skipped the scene-which was state requirement whenever possible(or something like that)-and something came out of me. I don't know why, but as soon as he skipped the scene-I reached out my hand and screamed "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" My class laughed, my teacher smirked, and my other teacher gaped at me.Then I said: "I...I am so sorry, I have no idea where that came from." My teacher said it was okay and we continued watching the movie...without that one scene.All things said and done,Schindler's List is a must see for teens and up for a fantastic look at the Holocaust-and how every life is important.
I have just finished watching this movie for the first time and OMG how on earth did I let this one slip by! It has to me one of the most powerful, moving and thought evoking movies ever produced, made even more so by the fact that it is a true story and these atrocities actually happened. This is not my usual genre but I was engrossed for the full 3 hours 15 minutes that the movie ran for. Spielberg really brings this one home! This is arguably his best movie to date and he has some great movies to compare against. I have also seen Liam Neeson in a completely different light and this performance really highlights what a truly great actor he is.I know there are some views on here stating that we don't need these atrocities spelled out to us in such a brutal fashion but actually I think we do. Yes we all know that atrocities happened during WWII but watching Schindler's List brings home the reality of it and really lets you empathize with the plight of not just the Jews but every other persecuted people in nearly every other war throughout history and the genocide that is still happens today. We should never forget that this and other atrocities actually happened, which some quarters seem to want us to do in today's politically correct society. It also shows us that even in the darkest hour there will always be a light of hope and humanity and that there are still good people in the world.Everybody should see this movie once and even if you think it is too much and score a 1, you can't be human if you are not moved just a little.
The movie looks honest, whether it is or not is not for me to decide. 6,000,000 deaths and 1200 lives provide a decent contrast and real situation, though the movie may not satisfy people belonging to believes involved in the movie. It is clear that it's a story of a small island lost somewhere in a gigantic ocean, the characters shown in the film are those who live and hence it doesn't really hit that hard emotionally, but in the climax where Schindler realizes the value of human life really hits that chord rather strongly. Things are modified to suit the flow of the story but the overall conclusion is not far from the reality, this is somewhere in the realm of fantasy fabricated into a real story.Overall, it's a must watch for someone who would like to get an idea about the hardships the life can throw at us and the level where a human can go either in absolute presence or absence of power. Also, I would like to appreciate that in spite of involving sentiments of different parts of society, this movie has hold it's position so high on IMDb, if this would be a tad shorter and a little less cliche, this would have been above The Godfather.
A false story made by a false man for false reasons and people watch it and give themselves high fives? I mean it never happened, dude. Also, the director and studio don't need anymore of your dough. Kapisch?