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Schindler's List

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Jenny Shandel

on 6 March 2014

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Schindler's List
Film Synopsis
Oskar Schindler, a wealthy Czechoslovakian entrepreneur, member of the Nazi party
Works w/ Itzhak Stern, Jewish accountant who becomes Schindler's business partner
Stern helps Schindler finance loans (given by Jews who believed they would survive to get their money back) to build enamelware factory
Schindler employs Jews to work for his factory, b/c they do not need to be paid
Jewish workers are "essential workers" to Schindler
After a change of heart, Schindler uses all of his money (for bribery) to save over 1000 Jews from Nazi death camps
Similarities to
Jews were forced to live in Ghettos
Valuables of Jews collected by Nazis
Used carts/trains to deport people, displayed horrific conditions of these trains
Concentration camps separated men and women
Many Jews were in denial of their situation
Loss of innocence shown in children
the struggle to survive
Jews are brutally murdered; portrayed as accurately as possible
Religion is very strongly depicted in beginning
Differences from
Different points of view: victim, and those in positions of power
Night only tells of inside the concentration camp
"Schindler's List" shows what happens outside the Concentration camp, compares lives of Nazis to lives of Jews
Night is only an account of Wiesel's life
Schindler's list portrays the lives of many Jewish people, ranging from small children to elders
Literary Components
Film Techniques and Visual Literacy
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Production in early 90s
Black and white film
creates a more convincing and realistic account of WWII
Most of film is in these two colors, however certain scenes/items are shot in color
Black and white = good and evil, life and death
Uses film technique of
Crosscutting = scenes occurring simultaneously are intertwined
Displays the irony of the joyful Germans to the woeful lives of the Jews
Film Techniques and Visual Literacy (Cont.)
Oskar Schindler
At start of film, Schindler is portrayed as a materialistic war profiteer
uses bribery to attain his desires, main goal is to gain money
initially apathetic toward the predicament of the Jews, and is concerned more with his own earnings
this indifference is later swayed after witnessing the sadistic treatment of Jews by Nazis
begins using his money to save Jews from extermination
Literary Components
By: Jenny Shandelman, Aevary Smith, Conor Meade, CeCe Young, and Marco Garofalo
The will to survive
- The Jews are constantly being oppressed and the only way to fight back is to survive.
The impact of one person's actions
- The positive actions of a person with influence can protect and create a sense of hope among the oppressed.
Influence can be positive or negative
- People in positions of power have the choice to help people, or hurt people.
Priorities change in times of hardship
- In times of terror priority is placed on survival and family.
Works Cited
"Schindler's Factory." Web image. <http://www.vosizneias.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/krakow_schindler_factory.jpg>.
"Oskar Schindler." web image. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/Schindler,_Oskar.jpg>.
"Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler." Web image. <http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjE0Njg0MzQ0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTk3OTE3._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg>.
"Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler." Web image. <https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQr9BIHDau_E9jvg4TdXCTq1vywDSUwJ3nmSP3C-SPkpzMwyHfAjg>.
"The Girl in Red - Schindler's List (3/9) Movie CLIP (1993) HD." YouTube. YouTube, 01 June 2011. Web. 03 Mar. 2014.
"Best Soundtracks Of All Time - Track 35 - Schindler's List Theme." YouTube. YouTube, 17 Aug. 2010. Web. 03 Mar. 2014.
the Jewish people endure the horrors of the Holocaust with their family. Family represents unity and wholeness. This wholeness is divided by the cruelty of the Nazis, isolates people from their families.
determines who is "essential," and who is sent to concentration camps. Large amounts of names of Jewish people = dehumanization. Lists of Jews to be evacuated (to camps) and Schindler's List (saves lives).
Ironic juxtaposition.
Girl in Red Coat -
most symbolic part of the movie. Girl represents innocence, this part is a turning point for Schindler.

- This represents the loss of the Jewish population. Black blood pouring onto white snow.
Haunting music composed by John Williams to depict the sadness
Use of violins are present, sounds like the crying, low emotions (play clip)
Black and white lessens emotional impact of viewer watching bloodshed and killings
Many close up shots of character's faces, able to see exactly what their emotions are
Certain items are in color to highlight their importance and significance, red coat (Schindler's emotional side), candles (Jewish sabbath, oppression) in beginning and end
Jews are dressed very poorly, shows how they have been oppressed and dehumanized
Nazi leaders are dressed in their uniforms or dressed up, symbolizes their power and officialness
Jewish Tombstone Road-
Symbolizes the true wickedness of the Holocaust, the Nazis were not satisfied with killing the alive, but needed to deny the existence of a group of people
- Life w/o light = darkness = no color = black and white. Holocaust was "life without light."
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