Schindler’s List (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Thomas Keneally, Steven Zaillian
Actors: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagal, Ebeth Davids, Malgosa Goebel, Mark Ivagne/ Beatrice Macola/ André Severin/ Friedrich von Thun/ Krzysztof Raft/ Norbert Weisser/ Wies Swaf Komasa
Region: United States
Languages: English / Hebrew / German / Polish
Release: 1993-11-30 (Washington premiere) / 1994-02-04 (USA)
Length: 195 minutes
Also known as: Shutera’s List (Harbor) / Schindler’s List
Rating: IMDB 9.0 / Rotten Tomatoes 98%
In 1939, Poland was under the rule of Nazi Germany, and the SS segregated the Jews. German businessman Oscar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) came to Krakow under German rule and opened an enamel factory to produce military supplies. With outstanding social skills and a lot of money, Schindler established a good relationship with the German army. His factory hired Jews to work and made a lot of war fortune.
In 1943, the Jews in Krakow suffered a tragic massacre. Schindler was greatly shocked when he witnessed all this. He bribed the officers and made his factory a labor camp attached to the concentration camp. Here, his factory also became a sanctuary for the Jews.
In 1944, on the eve of Germany’s defeat, the massacre of Jews became more and more frenzied. Schindler issued a list of 1,200 people to the German military officers, and bought the lives of these Jews with all his wealth. In those dark days, to save one person is to save the whole world.
“Schindler’s List” is a historical drama film released in 1993, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally. The film tells the true story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman who saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.
Set in Krakow, Poland during World War II, the film follows Schindler’s transformation from a selfish and opportunistic businessman to a compassionate and heroic figure who risks his own life and fortune to protect his Jewish workers from Nazi persecution. The film’s depiction of the horrors of the Holocaust, including scenes of mass murder and brutal violence, is unflinching and deeply affecting, and Spielberg’s masterful direction and cinematography imbue the story with a sense of urgency and humanity.
“Schindler’s List” was a critical and commercial success, winning seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Score. Its impact on popular culture and its enduring relevance as a testament to the resilience and spirit of the human spirit have made it a classic of world cinema.