|Oskar Schindler||Liam Neeson|
|Amonn Goeth||Ralph Fiennes|
|Itzhak Stern||Ben Kingsley|
|Hellen Hirsch||Embeth Davidz|
The film pushes for a cinema verity
feel, using a hand held camera to film and incorporating virtually
no slick or glitzy camera work. The scenario in which Schindler
befriends the German Guard are filmed in the high formal style
of the 1930's -1940's. " Cool once calculated with all the
antique conventions of espionage dramas." Spieberg has a
notoriously demanding style and pace. He shoots with such speed
and proficiency that every thing must be perfect.
He eschewed story boards for only the
third time in his 14 films. In some sequences he filled several
scenes with hundreds of extras, rehearsed then extensively, and
then sent hidden cameras and the actors who had lines to speak
into the melee. Often requiring then to improvise dialogue and
bits of business. Notice how Spielberg fills an area of 5 blocks
where you are receiving information from what is happening in
the foreground, with the mid-ground and also as your peripheral
vision. These are among the greatest sequences of chaos and
mass terror ever filmed.
3 hours 15 min in length: Black and
White. Spielberg said he had to film it in black and white in
order to remain true to the spirit of the documentaries and the
stills of the period (universal tried to get him to shoot it in
color so that he would have "the option of airing it on television
in either black and white or color" - he refused)
The film cost 23 million and was filmed
in and around Krakow, Poland using many of the actual sites. They
used the actual factory and apartment in Krakow that Schindler
The movie needed Spielberg's clout to
get made (4 out of the top 10 biggest box office successes are
his). He was one of the few directors with enough clout to get
it made. He (Spielberg) had relatives who died in the Holocaust.
Spielberg had an open-door policy for all the " Schindler
For Spielberg " the worst days
came anytime I had to have people take their clothes off and be
humiliated and reduce themselves down to livestock. That is what
tore me up the most. It was the worst experience in my life."
Spielberg told the cast, "we're
not making a film, we're making a document."
This is an understated film - which
was probably the only way to go, when the subject is so overwhelming
that all but the simplest words were lower to fail it.
Holocaust comes from a Greek word meaning "complete destruction by burning."
Prejudice comes from the word pre-judge. We prejudge when we have an opinion about a person because of his or her membership in a particular group. A prejudice has the following characteristics:
occurs when prejudices are translated into action.
Albert Camus (a French writer) wrote
that even though people are often paralyzed by the tragedies of
history, "strength of heart, intelligence and courage"
are enough to "stop fate and sometimes reverse it."