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Schindler's List

Schindler's List 1993 Directed by; Steven Spielberg.

After watching Klimov's " Come and see " yesterday,it's been on my mind since, and although I tried not to draw comparisons to Schindler's List, there are definite parallels between the two films.

Based on the true life story of Oskar Schindler, a war profiteer and member of the Nazi party who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

I went back and watched it again today, my main memories of my first viewing was that it was one of the few movies that has made me cry. Specifically the part with the young boy hiding in the toilet, and the shower scene at Auschwitz. Although I remembered these two scenes specifically, it still had the same effect, and it remains a very moving and emotional film that you can't help becoming imersed in the story.
The main difference of Schindler's List compared to Come and see, is that Schindler's List is shot in black and white, and whilst this makes it a little less gory, it looses none of the impact had it been shot in colour.
I don't want to say too much about the film, I think its an important film that deserves to be seen by as wide and varied audience as possible. It's important that the mistakes of the past are never forgotten, although we don't seem to have learnt all that much given the current climate we're in. The acting is excellent, Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley give subtle yet powerfull performances, never letting too much emotion interfere with a difficult subject matter, but special praise for Ralph Fiennes who had a very complex character to portray. To have any sympathy for his character is purely down to Fiennes skill as an actor, by the end of the film my feelings were that he was the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A very thought provoking film, that is surely up with the best of Spielberg's work and deserves all its praise.

Rating 4.5/5