Schindler's List

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire
Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire
D: Steven Spielberg
Universal/Amblin (Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen & Branko Lustig)
US 1993
185 mins


W: Steven Zaillian [based on the novel "Schindler's Ark" by Thomas Keneally]
DP: Janusz Kaminsky
Ed: Michael Kahn
Mus: John Williams
PD: Allan Starski
Cos: Anna Biedrzycka Sheppard

Liam Neeson (Oskar Schindler), Ben Kingsley (Itzhak Stern), Ralph Fiennes (Amon Goeth), Caroline Goodall (Emilie Schindler), Jonathan Sagalle (Poldek Pfefferberg), Embeth Davidtz (Helen Hirsch)         

Amongst the greatest war films ever made and almost certainly the most powerful. 
From the book "Schindler's Ark" by Thomas Keneally, the story presents a biographical account of Oskar Schindler, a Polish war profiteer who used persecuted Jews as cheap labour, but later bribed German officials so he could save the lives of over 1,000.
Liam Neeson gives a warts & all performance as the temperamental man, a womaniser who valued money above all else, but upon witnessing the horrors of the holocaust, developed both a guilty conscience for his actions and a duty of care for those in his employment.
The haunting and poetically strike black & white photography give a documentary feel to the drama and though some parts are fictionalised for dramatisation purposes, it's very easy to believe that everything that occurs here is the truth.
The ensemble cast are all outstanding, particularly Neeson, but also Ralph Fiennes as the detestable Amon Goeth, who runs a concentration camp with both an iron fist and a violent temper.
Steven Spielberg broke his Oscars hoodoo with this film, winning 7 awards in total including Best Picture & Best Director.

Liam Neeson & Ben Kingsley in Schindler's List
Liam Neeson & Ben Kingsley in Schindler's List