Schindler’s List opened on December 15, 1993, and was in theaters until September 29, 1994. During that time, it had grossed $96.1 million in the United States and over $321.2 million worldwide. In Germany, it was shown in 500 theaters and was viewed by over 100,000 people in its first week alone and was eventually seen by six million people. It would go on to win numerous awards and accolades including Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score to name a few. Schindler’s List is also featured on a number of “best of” lists, including the TIME magazine’s Top Hundred, Time Out magazine’s 100 Greatest Films Centenary Poll, and Leonard Maltin’s “100 Must-See Movies of the Century.” The Vatican even named it among the most important 45 films ever made.
Whether you enjoyed it or not, there’s no denying that Schindler’s List is important. Why? Because we need to remember what happened to ensure that these types of things never happen again. Recent surveys in both the US and Europe suggest that we are already forgetting. Nearly a third of Americans polled vastly underestimate the number of Jews that were killed in the Holocaust and 34% of Europeans claim to know little or nothing about the atrocity. This is only partly why we chose to discuss what some say is Spielberg’s greatest film on our latest episode.
Schindler’s List is a film that is amazing in all of the best and worst ways possible. From the cinematography to the acting to the score, it truly is a beautifully made film. On the other hand, the subject matter is so dark and terrible that it isn’t a film that one can watch repeatedly in a short amount of time. Listen as Val, Jake, and Tracy break down the film, how it affected them, and why they feel it’s an important piece of the Movies That Make Us.
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