Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don’t.
Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian, Schindler’s List is an epic 1993 American historical drama film that still wows movie buffs today. Based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Australin novelist Thomas Keneally, the movie starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley is based on the life of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. The refugees mentioned were from a majority of Polish-Jewish backgrounds.
Notions for a film about the Schindlerjuden – the Jews saved by Oskar Schindler during the holocaust were proposed in 1963 as holocaust survivor Poldek Pfefferberg made it his life’s goal to tell the story of Schindler. Steven gained interest in the story when executive Sid Sheinberg sent him a book review of Schindler’s Ark, which let to Universal Studios buying the rights of the novel.
The film, which was shot in black and white, was brilliantly directed as Steven managed to make his viewers feel like they were part of the holocaust story, like they were right there when it was happening. Images of fear, horror, compassion, degradation, chaos and death, everything from the directing to the cinematography and to the acting by the brilliant casts were prefect.
Schindler’s List premiered on November 30th, 1993 in Washington D.C. and was released on December 15th, 1993 in the United States. Known as one of the greatest films ever made, it earned $321.2 million worldwide for a $22 million budget film, making it a box office success!
Schindler’s List won seven Academy Awards out of twelve nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film also received other awards including seven BAFTAs and three Golden Globes. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Schindler’s List #8 on its list of the 100 best American Films of all times.
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