I had never seen Schindler’s List before. It was one that I wanted to see and I found some time on this Saturday night. It was on Netflix so I decided to give it a view.
I’m a wreck.
I have never seen a movie so brutally, numbingly sad and yet so unbelievably uplifting at the same time. Never have I felt sick to my stomach directly because of actions of a movie, but now there were several scenes that ripped through my gut with devastation.
I teach a Holocaust unit at my school, but the scope of the loss will always be on the outside for me. After viewing the film, I have just a little more understanding of the horrors that millions of Jewish people faced at the hands of the Nazi Party.
Which makes Oskar Schindler all the more of an enigma. He was a member of the Nazi Party and he started out by taking advantage of the Jewish people on his own. His discovery that Jewish people would work for a cheaper wage made for good business. Where he actually developed his desire to save the lives of these workers is not clear, but that is exactly what he did.
Liam Neeson was magnificent as Schindler. Watching this man who had been so stoic and controlled for so long, break down and sob when he prepared to flee was just about more than I could stand.
The film was populated with brilliant performances from Ben Kingsley to Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes was the quiet epitome of evil here as Amon Goeth.
Filmed in black and white, Schindler’s List was an astounding achievement in visual storytelling and it brought Steven Spielberg his Academy Award for directing as well as the Best Picture Oscar.
This is a masterpiece and as emotional as a movie could be.
Paragon is the highest rating that can be given and Schindler’s List deserves it. I may never be able to watch it again, but it is a sad, beautifully tragic masterpiece.
Everyone should see this movie and remember what happened so nothing like this could ever happen again.