October 18, 2004

Schindler's List

Haven't posted for a while now. Just been watching a lot of movies. And TV. Finally got around to seeing Schindler's List a few days ago. It's not a movie you see to enjoy, it's designed to disturb. Three hours of cold reality are enough to make anyone uncomfortable. It's black and white format give it the appearance of a documentary of that period, and thus make the movie even more realistic. Trust me when I say that some scenes from the movie will make anyone cringe.

"Whoever saves one life saves the world entire." a quote from the Talmud

The movie is based on a true story, and as far as I can tell, follows the historical facts accurately. It is about Oskar Schindler, a failed German entrepreneur who is unscrupulous enough to come to exploit the war. He comes to Poland after it's been occupied and as the Jews there are being relocated into ghettos. He finally has a business plan that works, letting the Jews work for him in exchange for the goods produced at his factory. He is good at working the system, and gets permits for the Jews to work for him after bribing the necessary officers.

The movie is about his transformation into a caring person who risks his life and spends all his money to save the people who work for him. He ends up saving a thousand people. We get to see the condition of the Jews getting worse gradually; there are random killings everywhere, but not in Schindler's factory. He's at first reluctant to help anyone, but can't stand and watch as "his people" get killed.

There are a few scenes that haunt; one being Amon Goeth shooting a boy in the back [trust me, you have to see this one to understand]. In another scene, we see Jews packed inside trains like animals, and all of them are starving. Schindler sees that these people are hungry and thirsty, so he hoses the train. And makes it look like sport, so as to not arouse much suspicion.

Spielberg clearly deserved the accolades he got for this one. Few movies will make you think as much as this.

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