To take advantage of an abundant weekend, I have found director Steven Spielberg’s movie of the same name made from this novel to watch. And it is true that the film not only did not disappoint me, it also relived my feelings of pain and horror at what the Jews went through during the Holocaust and then admiration. one personality, a silent hero is Oskar Schindler, who refused to accept his opposite race’s crossed arms to die under the cruelty of the Nazis.
From the beginning, the film’s black and white tone has cast a shadow on the whole story with a dull, gloomy and sad color. That tone corresponds to the horrors of ghetto, Aktion, forced labor camps, concentration camps, and even deaths under the barrel of a Nazi gun or infamous crematorium. And that tone, as was fixed before, highlighted Aktion’s terror through the red color of the coat worn by little Genia – the only color between the two blacks- white of the film. It is the color of a small life, having to find a way to save one’s own life, in the midst of a time when people older than me are unable to keep their lives. It was the red color of blood, of sudden and tragic deaths, and of a Genia who had to end her short life on the trolleys carrying Jews to the cremation ground haunted extremely.
The film depicts without leaving a single frightening detail that the book has mentioned. And more than that, it shows the real audience what happened, what must have happened to innocent Jews. No longer just words on the page, horror has emerged from Thomas Keneally’s novel to be shone in every frame, every scene: SS Commandant Amon Goeth’s pointless cruelty, but the SS soldier said to each other as if it were just a normal working day like any other, while Jewish men and women, with no cover, had to run around the labor camp grounds. to prepare for the end, either to continue the exhausted life of the animals in the camp, receive a slow death, or to be sure of instant death by a train to Auschwitz.
And also the scene of the Jews having to dig up pieces of earth to pull each of the shriveled corpses of their compatriots, which are then put on chains to be pushed down the mass burning pit, as if it were only They are blocks, not flesh and blood of people who have lived, breathed, acted, loved and had a family … It was terrifying, beyond imagination. And the soundtrack is the catalyst to push that haunting horror to the end. Songs (probably in Polish) with a singing voice like an endless prayer, or the sound of pulling a violin loudly, skin squeezing to the liver. The piano of an SS soldier mixed with the relentless gunfire of his comrades, shot through every wall, room by room to put an end to the remaining Jews, who had previously escaped from the Aktion .
Also, the soundtrack once again, helps to flatter the emotional circuit of the story at the end, not the feeling of terror and choking on evil like the beginning of the movie, but the feeling of admiration for the feet. and choked by the beauty of humanity, of human love that shines with the character Oskar Schindler. The episode when Mr. Schindler addressed all the Jewish workers in his camp and the SS soldiers after learning that the Germans had surrendered to the Allies unconditionally gave me goosebumps. And by the time Schindler and his wife said goodbye to the Jews he had helped, I had to cry. I cry for the sincerity and gratitude of the Jews to Schindler, I cry for Schindler’s regret for not being able to save more Jews, and I cry for finally, after all. With horror, cruelty and loss of humanity, in this small corner of the world there is still an Oskar Schindler who knows that “saving one is like saving all”.
It’s surprising that Spielberg decided not to plan the film with a storyboard – something that is almost unwritten in Hollywood and around the world. After watching two documentaries on Holocaust The Twisted Cross (1956) and Shoah (1985), Spielberg decided to choose a documentary style for Schindler’s List. He was also surprised when he chose Janusz Kaminski – a young Polish cinematographer who was still very anonymous at the time, in charge of the visuals. (Since Schindler’s List, Janusz has become the “gut” of all. the film by later Steven Spielberg).
40% of the film was shot with a handheld camera, Spielberg felt that this would give the film a natural, sharp, and consistent theme with the film. In this film, the shooting style is entirely his own. He proudly boasted that this was one of those rare movies, where there was no scene using a crane, no steadicam, ditching the zoom lens, and getting rid of almost all existing gear. It is often used in large movies.
The decision to shoot the film primarily in black and white is a risky boldness, but it further highlights the documentary style of filming techniques compared to previous cinematic styles such as Expressionism of German and Italian neo-realism. Kaminski said he wanted to give the film a sense of time, so that the audience “wouldn’t have a sense of when it was done.” That is all that I have seen and envisioned about the Holocaust… they are total gloomy black and white images! ”.
Universal President Tom Pollock asked Spielberg to shoot the film in color negatives so that it would be easier to sell when it was released, but Spielberg didn’t want to “embellish the bloody events.” Black and white shooting opens up many challenges for the color film crew. Allan Starski, the production designer, had to make the scenes darker or brighter than the actors in the shot, so that the people and scenes didn’t mix. Costumes must differ from the skin tone or color of the actor used in the scene.
Spielberg went on to invite John Williams – the musician familiar in all of his movies – to compose the soundtrack for Schindler’s List. But the theme of the film confused the famous composer, as he felt it was too difficult. “You need a better composer than I am to write the soundtrack for this film,” he told Spielberg. Spielberg replied: “I know. But they are all dead! ”. That quote was a huge encouragement to Williams, helping him to produce one of the best tunes in film history. Williams played the main theme track on the piano, and at Spielberg’s suggestion he invited the Jewish pianist Itzhak Perlman to perform with the violin. Perlman’s sizzling sound has made it “creepy” for anyone and has become the main tune of the film. Itzhak Perlman himself later said that his contribution to Schindler’s List was one of the proudest moments of his illustrious career.
Schindler’s List is completed within 72 days. At a budget of $ 22 million, this is the most expensive black and white film ever made. Schindler’s List is also the first film to be rated R (under 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or an adult) by Steven Spielberg.
And the best-selling black-and-white film of all time
The film premiered in New York, Los Angles and Toronto on December 15, 1993. That summer, the whole world dragged each other to see the howling dinosaurs in Spielberg’s “blockbuster” Jurassic Park, making a huge movie revenue of $ 914.7 million. Now people are curious to see how the first “non-commercial art” movie by Steven Spielberg.
Contrary to expectations, Schindler’s List has surprising audiences. Never before have American audiences flocked to see a black and white war movie, 3 hours and 15 minutes long with a completely dark and so dramatic story. The film grossed $ 96.1 million in the US and more than $ 321.2 million worldwide. At that time, the world press mostly only talked about Schindler’s List. A series of reports, investigations have revealed the mysterious life and sad ending of the silent hero Oskar Schindler.
Especially in Germany, the movie with the most viewers on the international market with more than 5.8 million tickets has been sold. Most of them are young audiences who have entered theaters and what comes to the screen shocked them. They walked out of the projection room with teary faces and heavy footsteps. They could not believe that their fathers could commit such horrible crimes against humans. Some German spectators when they met the stranger Jews did not hesitate to hug them and sob, or bow in front of them as if asking forgiveness for their fathers’ mistakes in the past. Of course, Schindler’s List has been well received in Israel, where it is broadcast on public television every year on the Holocaust memorial day, not cut off, uncensored and not interrupted by advertising.
Schindler’s List is the film most critically acclaimed in director Steven Spielberg’s illustrious career. It won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. After this film, both actors Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are famous. Schindler’s List is always in the Top 10 – lists of the best movies of all time in any country.
True to his promise, all of the profits that Steven Spielberg would enjoy following the film’s success, he founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Holocaust), a non-profit organization whose goal is to archive filmed evidence of Holocaust survivors.