Friday, July 3, 2015

Schindler's List

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #8 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Schindler's List (1993)



It is quite simply a movie with a strong central character, Oskar Schindler, who joins the Nazi party with the goal of making his fortune in the war.  Now, I'm not passing judgement because I know that there were people in many other countries willing to make a quick buck from that very same war.  

At first Schindler protects his Jewish workers because it was to his benefit but after witnessing the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto he turns to earnestly saving as many people has he can.

The most poignant moments in the movie involve the little girl in the red dress.  I found an excellent article online about this image at http://auschwitz.dk/redgirl.htm .


Academy Awards 1994
Won
Oscar Best Picture
Steven Spielberg
Gerald R. Molen
Branko Lustig

Best Director
Steven Spielberg

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Steven Zaillian

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Allan Starski
Ewa Braun

Best Film Editing
Michael Kahn

Best Music, Original Score
John Williams

Nominated
Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role
Liam Neeson

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Ralph Fiennes

Best Costume Design
Anna B. Sheppard

Best Sound
Andy Nelson
Steve Pederson
Scott Millan
Ron Judkins

Best Makeup
Christina Smith
Matthew W. Mungle
Judith A. Cory