R | | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Steven Spielberg directs Ben Kingsley, the star of Gandhi (1982), to which he had lost the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars eleven years before. His previous film, Jurassic Park (1993), featured Richard Attenborough, to whom he had lost them. For this film, Spielberg finally won both.
The scene inside the cellar between Oskar and the maid, when she faces the camera head on, there is no light coming from the right, yet as the scene progresses and the shot tightens, somebody turns on a light which becomes visible as they cut to her left and her head tilts forward.
The theatrical version juxtaposed images from the film of the actors portraying certain identified "Schindler Jews" as each actual person placed a stone on Schindler's grave. The VHS version does not use this device, showing only the actual persons, credited by name.
English, Hebrew, German, Polish
$656,636 (USA) (17 December 1993)
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