Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’93, DVD, 16 Jul 2013 and 22 Jul 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a German businessman who did all he could to both kept his business running and save as many Jewish lives as he could during the Holocaust.
My Take on it – This is a film that everyone must watch at least once (more if possible) largely due to the fact that it is considered by many (myself included) as one of the best masterpieces ever put to the screen.
Steven Spielberg created such an amazing film here and many of his controversial choices (including doing it almost entirely in Black and White) pay off in the end.
He is able to transport the viewer to a time and place filled with utter chaos and irrational acts yet we learn so much about the few people from within who were willing to risk everything in order to both help themselves and others.
This film depicts a man who starts out thinking about how much he could profit from the way yet due to his personality, finds out that inside of his heart, he is a much different person who can also do good along the way.
The cats is super and is led by Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes who both give us iconic performances that will be remembered for many decades if not longer.
Their character come alive and we get to see the true sense of some of the horrific atrocities that occurred during those dark days of war even if we will never truly understand why.
This film deservingly won 7 out of 12 Oscars that year including Best Picture and Best Director for Spielberg.
The cinematography is brilliantly done and there are images in this film that are quite hard to forget because of the way things are shown!
John Williams was able to create a haunting score for this film that still manages to feel so moving even after 25 years.
This is by far one of the most powerful films ever made and remains so no matter how many times one sees it.
Bottom Line – Amazingly powerful film that is considered by many (myself included) to be one of the best masterpieces ever filmed. Spielberg is able to transport us to a time where things were chaotic and irrational yet there were still people who tried to selflessly help others whenever they could. This film depicts a businessman as he was able to try and use the war for his own needs yet ended up following his heart when he realized all the good he could do along the way. Superb cast led by Neeson and Fiennes make their characters come alive and we get a true sense of the horrors that occurred in some very dark places during the war. Very deserving of it’s 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Director. The score by John Williams is quite haunting yet still manages to be so moving even after all of these years. One of the most powerful films ever made. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – When survivor Mila Pfefferberg was introduced to Ralph Fiennes on the set, she began shaking uncontrollably, as he reminded her too much of the real Amon Goeth. (From IMDB)
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – When Steven Spielberg first showed John Williams a cut of the film, Williams was so moved he had to take a walk outside for several minutes to collect himself. Upon his return, he told Spielberg he deserved a better Composer. Spielberg replied, “I know, but they’re all dead.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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