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Schindler's List

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10 /10
Average Rating
9.79 /10
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Steven Zaillian from Thomas Keneally’s book Schindler's Ark (later renamed Schindler's List)

Released: 1993
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 196

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"I went to see Schindler's List ....I implore every one of you to go see it."
(President Bill Clinton)
"What Spielberg achieves in Schindler's List is nearly miraculous. It is by far the finest, fullest, dramatic (i.e. nondocumentary) film ever made about the Holocaust. And few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's boldness, visual audacity and emotional directness."
(Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker)
"By dramatizing the Holocaust with such vividness and scale, Spielberg has helped to pass its lessons on to future generations."
(Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's)
"This is no weepy, but a cover-your-face-and-try-to-stop-shaking experience... From its dark urgency, Schindler's List cries out the undeniably thrilling, empowering promise that one person can make a difference, because one did."
(Angie Errigo, Empire)
"Steven Spielberg has succeeded beyond all expectations ... It is an amazing story, but to make a three-hour black and white film of it, and refrain from romanticizing or sensationalizing the plot, could have been contemplated by few other directors... A film that will live in the memory of all who see it."
(Derek Malcolm, Cosmopolitan)
"One of the great films in the history of the cinema."
(Iain Johnstone, Sunday Times)
"What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen. Individual scenes are masterpieces of art direction, cinematography, special effects, crowd control. Yet Spielberg, the stylist whose films have often gloried in shots we are intended to notice and remember, disappears into his work. Neeson, Kingsley and the other actors are devoid of acting flourishes. There is a single-mindedness to the enterprise that is awesome."
(Roger Ebert)
"Masterly... Spielberg has not used one trite shot, one cheap tear-jerking assemblage. Tears are evoked, but honorably; his aim was to make a film that gripped us with authenticity... Imagination, talent, commitment shine in every frame... This film is a welcome astonishment from a director who has given us much boyish esprit, much ingenuity, but little seriousness. His stark, intelligent style here, perfectly controlled, suggests that this may be the start of a new period in Spielberg's prodigious career - Part Two: The Man."
(Stanley Kauffmann)

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