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Watched: 13 December

It has taken me far too long to watch this film, and I have no excuse for not having done so beforehand. On top of that, I don’t feel like I have anything to add here that hasn’t either been written or said before about Schindler’s List; evidently this is an epic, important and often horrifying historic drama, as it should be, and it prominently features excellent performances by Liam Neeson as businessman Oskar Schindler, Ben Kingsley as his right-hand man Itzhak Stern and a terrifying Ralph Fiennes playing the murderous Nazi commandant Amon Göth. The score, screenplay and cinematography are superb, but I think what has impressed me most is the way that Spielberg judged the tone of the film; he handled the extremely difficult subject matter very well indeed, somehow managing to balance scenes of abject terror and horror with depictions of courage, a thread of optimism and even (sparingly, of course) a note or two of comedy. (*****)

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  1. February 7, 2018

    It’s been a long time for me as well, and I own the thing, so I guess it’s time for a re-watch. What I remember most from my one and only viewing is the performance of Ralph Fiennes…like you said, terrifying. Another film similar in subject matter, and equally well-done, is ‘The Pianist’…definitely worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet.

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      February 13, 2018

      I haven’t seen The Pianist but I did notice that it’s available on a certain streaming service I subscribe to. I will watch it at some point, hopefully!

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