The film opens to one of the only coloured shots of the movie, where a candle is lit and shortly after exstinguished. The scenes that are shown in colour are metaphors for life, but after this breif period of calm chaos ensues. The film turns to black and white and it is here where the story begins. The film is centred around the protagonist: Oskar Schindler, a German business man who is also a member of the Nazi party. Who, at first, seeks to profit from the war by using the Jewish labour in a pots and pans factory. But as the story progressed, he started to form a bond with the workers of his factory. Greatly influenced by the attrocities being commited around him, he redeems himself and takes on the task of protecting as many Jews as he could. Itzhak Stern, who is appointed "leader" of the Jews, becomes Oskar's business associate and is another contributing factor to Oskar's redemption. Amon Goeth, is the antagonist of the film, he is a psychopath who at beginning of the film is very similar to Oskar. But by the end, they're complete polar opposites.
The actors for the main characters were all cast perfectly. Liam Neeson managed to play the dodgy womanising side of Oskar well, but was also able to make the change to a worried and emotional character without a jarring transition. Ralph Fiennes, who played Amon Goeth, took on the task successfully. He was incredibly violent, shooting passing Jew's for