Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: Schindler's List

Stephen Spielberg's black and white masterpiece about Oskar Schindler, the German opportunist who made a fortune on the backs of Polish Jews during World War II.

As he starts his industrial empire and befriends and makes connections among his fellow Nazis, he obtains the services of Warsaw ghetto Jews sold as slave labor by the SS. As the war progresses, Schindler's wealth also grows, often through bribery of the SS and Nazi officials.

His proximity with his workers and close working relationship with his factory foreman leads to his realization of what's really happening in the ghetto. He witnesses with his own eyes and grows to take steps to protect the workers.

Liam Neeson does a tremendous job as Oskar Schindler, but the heart and soul of the movie is Ben Kingsley as Itzak Stern, Schindler's factory manager.

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