Directed by Steven Spielberg
Schindler's Ark has been on my reading list forever. I still prefer films about the Holocaust to have less of a Hollywood polish, but this is undeniably a powerful movie.
Oskar Schindler is a member of the Nazi party, hoping to make his fortune in the overcrowded Krakow Ghetto. He acquires a factory that produces enamelware and enlists the help of Itzhak Stern, a Jewish accountant. Amon Goeth, known as "The Butcher of Plaszow," comes to Krakow to oversee the construction of the Plaszow concentration camp. Once the camp is completed, Goeth orders the ghetto to be emptied. Schindler witnesses and is profoundly affected by the mass execution of the Jewish people in Krakow. With Stern's help, Schindler attempts to save as many Jewish people as he can, while still maintaining the pretense of being a respectable Nazi.
Parts of the film are phenomenal, although I should mention that I thought there were elements of cheesiness. I thought the idea of having the young girl's jacket in red, while the rest of the film was in black and white, was a bit over the top. I am sure there are a lot of theories about the significance of the choice. I believe it was done so that the audience would recognize the little girl later, because Spielberg didn't think the audience would be able to, since the film is in black and white. I wish Spielberg had given us a little more credit. Either that, or it was some vague artistic choice. In any case, I think it was overdone and interrupted the flow.
Really, that is my only complaint. Other than that, the acting was excellent; I almost wish Fiennes was less talented as his portrayal of Goeth was so disturbing. The story is inspirational and will certainly leave a lasting impression. Definitely a must see.
Spielberg gave all the money he earned from this film to the Shoah Foundation.
Spielberg worked on both Jurassic Park and Schindler's List at the same time. He said he used every ounce of intuition on Schindler's List and every ounce of craft on Jurassic Park.