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that he accepted no payment for his brilliant and no doubt traumatising work
on 3 October 2016
Schindler's List is so overwhelming, such a dramatic, deeply researched, accurate historical story that it is almost beyond review.
It is almost a presumption to comment on this superb evocation - no, harrowing experience - of the Holocaust. Did you know that
Spielberg lost relatives at Auschwitz, that he felt obliged to make the film, that he accepted no payment for his brilliant and
no doubt traumatising work?
Absolutely essential viewing for everyone who has never been through war, nor experienced the horrors of arbitrary tyranny.
This is far beyond art or entertainment , this is a labour of love, a plea for such things not to happen again, an educational
FEELING insight, in fact a spiritual experience. Of course it must be seen, several times, it shakes up one's whole being.
Brilliant performances from Liam Neeson (Schndler), Ben Kingsley , and above all Ralph Fiennes as the cruel, lost and
tormented camp commandant. An ode to the vagraries of life, the Nazi exploiter gets angry and becomes a hero, the evil
commandant starts to question his Nazi indoctrination under Schindler's influence, the inmates just cannot believe - even in a
muderous Nazi labour camp what is related of Auschwitz, the sheer horror of the supposed superior SS hierarchy corrupt and
bribable to the core.
Outstanding inciidents one could quote are everywhere. Schindler's manouvering and manipulations - for good ends. His rescue of his
protegés' children from the SS at Auschwitz - "see, little hands, not useless at all, essential to polish the inside of our shells", his
strong reprimand to Ben Kinsley for forgetting his pass & getting himself into the death wagons - and wasting Schindler's time
rescuing him, the sheer humanity of Schindler causing water to be sprayed onto the wagons in the hot sun & making himself the
butt of SS laughter. The man was a total hero, as we can all be at the right place & time, but did you know that he was also a failure
in real life & business? Fortunately he was always bailed out by the Jewish friends he had so nobly saved - at such financial, emotional,
and exhausting cost to himself.
The final scene where we move to to-day and into colour completes an absolute masterpiece. If I were Spielberg,I would rest my case
before God with this one film, feeling I justified my life, served and educated. Five stars is too little. because this film transcends the
seventh art completely and takes us right out into life & makes us reflect why we are here and have we done enough with our lives.