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Year
1993
Runtime
195 min.
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Drama, Biography, History
Rating *
8.9
Votes *
649,920
Checks
81,183
Favs
7,345
Dislikes
250
Favs/checks
9.0% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
29:1
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  1. Rami's avatar

    Rami

    Saving a person is like saving the world. 6 years 8 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    In 1993's Oscar winner's case, I must give credit to an old (and now deceased) German professor of mine, with whom I had a discussion at the time and who convinced me not to go see it on principle. I'm not even sure what the issue was anymore, but going in and coming out of it, I felt a deep ambivalence for two such "principles". One was that the movie felt like it was making millions on the back of the Holocaust, which no amount of "awareness" could justify, and this is a criticism it doesn't really deserve because the movie ISN'T about the Holocaust per se, but is still about atrocities committed in German work camps. And I know I wouldn't be complaining if it wasn't a Steven "blockbuster" Spielberg picture. Like I said, ambivalence. My second problem is something I've come to in time and which bugs me no matter what, and that's the concept of the White Messiah in movies. It's like Hollywood wants to tell stories about downtrodden ethnic populations, but feels it can only do so by focusing on the one white person who overcomes their racism to become a positive force in the lives of a group of whatever ethnic people. The "good German" of Schindler's List, like say, Kevin Costner's track and field coach in McFarland USA, really did exist, and perhaps the stories are written by privileged white folk who get their books optioned, as opposed to the victims and "po' folks" who actually survived or achieved in that story, but it still puts my teeth on edge. So did I just compare Schindler's List to movies like Dangerous Minds? So be it. To review it without comparisons, I'll just say it's well acted, it's well made, it's not boring, it presents things that people should be aware about. It's just not the first or final word on the Holocaust, and is definitely not worthy of that reputation. Like many films I've been watching for this "project", it was fine, but nowhere near "where was this all my life?!" which is the rating I really want to give out. 2 years 1 month ago
  3. alykator's avatar

    alykator

    What a film. I cried like a baby at the end when Schindler said he could have saved more people. What an excellent job from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and especially Steven Spielberg! 6 years 2 months ago
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