Schindler's List Critical Analysis

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Critical Analysis: Schindler's List is, by far, one of the best films ever made from start to finish. With the use of incredible actors, brilliant cinematography, and superb storytelling and structure, this film has deserved its place in everyone's hearts and it award of 'Best Picture” at the Oscars. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of Schindler's List receiving the elusive award and, even today, the film is still a fantastic sight and deserves the utmost respect. One of the film's many strengths is the cast. Roles of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), Izhtak Stern (Ben Kingsley), and Amon Göth (Ralph Fiennes) perform extraordinarily throughout the film's entirety. Ralph Fiennes does a fantastic job at playing the role of a heartless…show more content…
Of the technical side of the film, one part in particular is probably the most important element of the entire film. The cinematographic style. The first, and most obvious choice, is the showing of the film in black-and-white. This style is one thing that makes this film especially unique from other films of the same time period. However, the most evident usage of cinematographic elements is the scenes involving the little girl in the red coat. While she is only seen twice throughout the film, her presence is one of the most apparent and crucial portions of the entire film. One thing the about her that is crucial is that she is the only thing throughout the film that is in color. That fact immediately draws attention to her and the question of why. Why is she there? What is her purpose walking through the chaos of the Krakow liquidation as if nobody knows that she exists? She catches the attention of Oskar Schindler as he watches the chaos ensue from atop a hill. He pays attention to this girl watching as she walks right past people running around, soldiers murdering people, and bodies that litter the streets. He only can see her for a brief moment until she is seen going into a building. That is all that is seen of her for a while. Her purpose in this scene is very specific. The color of her coat tells it all. Red. The color is a symbol for the life still left in the Jewish people. A sense of innocence almost. In which the Jewish people have no control over what is happening to them. This color, however, takes on a much different role later in the film. In Plaszow, the Jews of the labor camp have been given the task of exhuming the bodies of the victims of the liquidation in Krakow. The scene is horrifying with a mountain of bodies being formed and being burned at the site. Here, Oskar Schindler has been told the camp is being shut down and everyone is going

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