Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. ...
Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow's Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler has lost his entire fortune -- and saved 1,100 people from likely death. Schindler's List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and a long-coveted Best Director for Spielberg, and it quickly gained praise as one of the finest American movies about the Holocaust. Mark Deming, Rovi
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Schindler's List is is a gritty, raw but very real depiction of the Holocaust & of how one man, Oskar Schindler , a member of the Nazi Party decided to do the right thing & in doing so saved over 1,100 Jews, even though this is a hard movie to watch I think people should know what happened in our history & how even one person can make a differenceif you decide to choose good over evil & follow your heart not the crowd, I think youg adults especially need to see this.
Mar 5, 2009
I doubt I can add anything to the public's praise for both Keneally's book and the movie version of the story. As with all adapted screenplays, the movie takes some liberties; e.g., there really was no list, but this is easily forgiven, as the end result was a significant saving of lives. The story -- and doubtless, the movie -- would have been improved if Keneally's efforts to interview Schindler's wife had been successful. It wasn't until after the book and movie were complete that the significant part that Schindler's wife played in the overall drama was revealed.
Feb 21, 2009
Observing the change in one person from self financial gain to utalizing that gain for saving lives of humans who have lost every opportunity to save theirselves was rewarding. Few of us are in a position to have as dramatic an impact as did Schindler, but todays depressed times made me wonder what my goal would be in helping others if it comes to that, and how important it can be in the outcome on life.