Review of the Schindler’s List Movie
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Director, The Schindler’s List is a fascinating look at the history and politics behind the production of a list of victims of the German Nazi regime. Schindler’s List follows the life of one man’s determination to help those victims and provide a way of helping future generations to learn about the horrors of the past. Director Michael Haineux utilizes interviews with over a dozen survivors including his own mother, as well as others who were directly affected by the actions of the Third Reich. As a result, The Schindler’s List is a moving portrait of a man’s unselfish dedication to the extermination of millions of Jews. Following the events of World War II and the Holocaust, Schindler’s List depicts the daily lives of his family and fellow Jews while helping to provide resources and support to those who had been affected.
Although there are numerous scenes depicting Schindler’s List in its early days, the bulk of the film is set during World War II and the destruction and death that it caused. Although the majority of the film covers the immediate post-World War II period, there are also several later scenes that take place decades later. In addition to Michael Haineux’s performance as Schindler, the late Ralph Lauren also provides a memorable portrayal of the factory owner. Throughout the film, the viewer is taken into the daily life of Schindler’s List and the experiences of those who worked there. Although there is the brief mention of other war-time events, the focus on Schindler’s List is upon the people directly involved in his business. This allows the viewer an insight into the day-to-day operations of the Menhirs, as well as their families.
Throughout the film, various other characters are brought into the fold, most notably Waldorf, although his appearance is minimal. Schindler’s List also includes footage of the ghetto in Berlin as well as the Warsaw Ghetto. While the majority of the film takes place in and around the Schindler’s List plant, scenes were filmed elsewhere including the village of Majdanek and Majdanek itself. Many scenes involving concentration camps and death camps are also shown. One of the most notable moments in Schindler’s List occurs after the Warsaw Ghetto was liberated. Here, after describing how the ghetto was largely liberated by the Einsatzgruppen, a young boy asks, “How did the Jews get to the United States?”
Schindler’s List also includes footage of the American soldiers as they are introduced to the camp. The very first person we see, Private Richard Stein, is shown to be an alcoholic who also seems to have trouble making it in one of the more affluent camps. Private Stein is stationed at Camp Knippel, a facility where all Jews are housed. Although some support services are present, such as food distribution, Schindler’s List shows that the level of hygiene is actually pretty poor. Major Reinhold Glickert is shown as being abusive towards the American servicemen and this behavior is what initially gets most of the Jews to risk their lives at the concentration camps.
When asked about his thoughts on the ethics of killing innocent people, Glickert states that he had no choice but to kill the Jews because they were collaborating with the Germans against them. Schindler’s List also includes a brief scene of Himmler watching from a nearby hilltop. Glickert, after shooting a few people, then watches as Himmler arrives to inspect the camp. He is impressed by Schindler’s List, believing that the catalogue shows a true picture of life during the concentration camps. Later on in the film, Glickert is seen discussing Schindler’s List with a Wehrmacht commander and expresses his admiration for the man’s work.
The Schindler’s List Story
The SS guards outside the camp are shown to be abusive towards the Jews. A guard in particular is shown to beat a Jewish female prisoner with a baseball bat. Several other guards resort to physical violence when confronted with a Jewish family. Schindler’s List also chronicles the rise of the Haganah, the Jewish organization responsible for saving the Jews from the concentration camps. Several episodes from history are brought into the story, such as the Anne Frank trials.
The plot of the movie centers on how the actions of the men on the list become intertwined with those of the camp commandants. Several of the men get transferred to other concentration camps and end up putting their differences aside in order to work together against the common enemy. Eventually, when the camp commandant tries to commute Jews to the death camp, Glickert breaks the news to him. The camp commandant is not pleased to learn that the Anne Frank house is being used to save another life, and immediately takes action to close it. Schindler is present during these events, and he is determined to save the women and children inside.
The movie ends with several survivors and some camp inmates walking away. Glickert and his assistant manage to save the Anne Frank house, eventually overpowering the camp guards. The movie concludes with the commandant releasing all the remaining Jews into the gassing vans, while Schindler and his assistant to hide in an apartment building and await the arriving vans. The End of theodor Glickert refers to the efforts of the Americans and the British to save the Jews during World War II.