By Shelby Fielding (Lubbock, Texas, US)


Schindler’s List: A Classic Film That Continues to Become More Influential

Heart wrenching, emotionally compelling, historically accurate, beautifully filmed, resonating performances, and instinctively famous are all phrases I would use to describe Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece called Schindler’s List. This movie debuted in the year of 1993 along with other classics such as The Piano, In the Name of the Father, Philadelphia, and of course Jurassic Park. Through this crowded filmography, Schindler’s List separates itself through complex and passionately resonating filmmaking. With the direction provoking automatic, emotional processing and focused storytelling on forcing three hours and fifteen minutes to fly by quickly. With no dull moments or losses of tension in combination with an almost complete exemption of technical and narrative flaws, Spielberg creates one of the most remarkable works of art in the category of filmmaking that graced the big screen with its presence.

Schindler’s List follows the narrative of Oskar Schindler, Amon Goeth, and a number Jewish refugees involved in the holocaust of world war two. The story intimately focuses on the interactions between the Nazi’s and the Jews as well as the complex character development of Oskar Schindler. The film bases itself in realism to create an almost uncomfortable viewing experience, which allows you as an audience member to thoughtfully invoke emotions when necessary as well as interpret certain scenes emotional resonance and importance to the plot. The technical aspects of filmmaking surrounding this narrative are exceptionally marvelous. Spielberg directs this film in a way that not only creates a sense of intimacy, but also the direction provokes integument, integument in how the plot develops, and how the characters grow.

The black and white qualities of the filmmaking dramatically influence the emotional resonance and realism of Schindler’s List. You feel as if you are watching a documentary on the history, and the fact of the matter is you are. This extra layer of intelligent filmmaking that is conjunction with the many other small creative inputs put in the film’s final edit provides exemplary reasoning as to why Spielberg won the best director award at the 66th Academy Awards. There is an exclusion of filmatic flaws in the fabrication of this masterpiece. The film is brilliantly paced, incredibly shot, exceptionally edited, and accurately produced in how the setting is just as much a part of the film’s narrative as the characters are. The performances are intimately connecting, and I believe one of the greatest wrongdoings at the Oscar’s happened when Tom Hanks won the best actor over Liam Neeson.

This is Liam Neeson best performance of his entire filmography. He personifies so many emotions and character traits that he not only carries the film, but he propels the narrative to continue. He’s subdued and cheerful, sophisticated and straightforward, relatable and despicable, loving and loathing. He is brilliant in this film, and it’s a shame he didn’t win the best actor. Ben Kingsley also provides an excellent performance, and Ralph Fiennes also stands out along with Embeth Davidtz. This film has so many incredible aspects to it, the filmmaking is awe inspiring, the performances are emotionally resonating, the narrative is historically educating, and overall this film is one of the most emotionally powerful films ever made. This movie’s ending floored me personally when I saw it, and it always has since then. The end indeed summarizes not only the real life implications of these historical events but also the great reasoning for the construction of this narrative.

Schindler’s List is one of the best films ever made. This film is Spielberg’s best movie in my humble opinion, even though this movie is incredibly long and emotionally devastating I still enjoy watching it, and the way this film is directed indeed makes that extensive run time pass swiftly in one of the best and worst ways. It’s a movie you want to end so you can finally stop crying, but you don’t because you love watching this onslaught of filmmaking. This review was one I was happy to do, and I love this film so profoundly and sincerely hope this review inspires some people to sit down to watch this filmatic masterpiece.

Rating: 5/5


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