Schindler's List

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Schindler’s list

“Schindler’s List” is a film directed by Steven Spielberg which is based on the novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Kennedy. It is set during the Second World War when Hitler was in charge. Jews, gypsies and black people were seen as untermenschen (sub-human) and were sent to concentration camps to be killed. “Schindler’s List” is a didactic film about Oskar Schindler who employed Jewish people so that he could make money, as they would do the job for little pay, but later in the film he has an epiphany, which changes everything, including the viewers opinion of him. They see him as more admirable towards the end of the film. Schindler’s metamorphosis from a cold man to one of compassion takes place over a few scenes. Steven Spielberg uses music, lighting, colour, and camera angles to show the change in Oskar Schindler throughout the movie.

Oskar Schindler was a war profiteer and Nazi party member who was only interested in making money and gaining power. The establishing shot of Schindler shows a close up his suit, tie, watch, cufflinks and finally his Nazi badge. This shows that he is selfish, materialistic and wealthy. The camera focusing on him dressing indicates the vanity of his character. The close up of the Nazi badge changes the mood from a light mood, due to the joyful music, to a more sinister mood. The lighting in this scene is dark. Schindler’s face is not shown until at the party when the audience see his face for the first time. There is a close up of Schindler holding money, this highlights that Schindler’s priority is to make lots of money. The handheld camera makes the audience feel like they are there at the party with him. At the party, Oskar is being social. Before nobody knew who he was but at the end of the party every person knew who he was. This establishing shot shows what Schindler was like prior to the turning point.

The turning point of the movie is the liquidation of Krakow. This scene opens with cross...
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