History YMMV / SchindlersList

1st Feb '17 7:56:33 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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** While not as regularly cited as the above omissions, a few critics (notably Creator/GeneSiskel of the Chicago Tribune) thought Creator/EmbethDavidtz was worthy of a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work as Helen Hirsch. In most years people would've cried fowl, but because Anna Paquin's win was so monumentally significant, this omission has largely been overlooked.

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** While not as regularly cited as the above omissions, a few critics (notably Creator/GeneSiskel of the Chicago Tribune) thought Creator/EmbethDavidtz was worthy of a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work as Helen Hirsch. In most years people would've cried fowl, foul, but because Anna Paquin's win was so monumentally significant, this omission has largely been overlooked.
6th Jan '17 6:58:32 AM Pren
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** Another actor who failed to get the role of Schindler was Bruno Ganz, now best known for his [[WebVideo/HitlerRants memetic]] portrayal of Adolph Hitler in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''.
6th Jan '17 6:51:29 AM Pren
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The whole reason that the movie exists. This was a story that '''needed''' to be told about an event in history and the people involved that must never be forgotten. Especially considering that most of what's shown in the film is ''tame'' compared to what really happened.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The whole reason that the movie exists. This was a story that '''needed''' to be told about an event in history and the people involved that must never be forgotten. Especially considering that most of what's shown in the film is ''tame'' compared to what really happened. Spielberg was very reluctant to do it for a while, until Holocaust denial started becoming trendy and he decided he had to do his part to put the truth out. Jewish Gene Siskel specifically thanked him for this in his review with Ebert.
1st Dec '16 7:52:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CompleteMonster: Amon Goeth is the AxCrazy [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] Lieutenant in charge of the liquidation of the Krakow Jewish ghetto and is the overseer of the [[POWCamp Plaszow concentration camp]]. Goeth's true nature is first exposed when he encounters a Jewish forewoman protesting that the foundation of the structure in the camp they're building is unsound, and this will lead to the building's eventual collapse. Goeth's response is for her to be killed in front of the other workers. [[KickTheDog He then orders his men to follow the dead woman's instructions anyway]]. This is merely the first instance in a long line of pointless and unpredictable violence from Goeth. Some of his most infamous crimes are shooting prisoners with a sniper rifle for sport, personally killing twenty-five men in a rage after one man from their barracks managed to escape from his work detail, and laughing at crying parents as he sends away trainloads of their children to be gassed. [[BaitTheDog Every time a possible flicker of humanity is exposed in Goeth, it is quickly subverted then extinguished]]. When Oskar Schindler tries to convince Goeth that true power is mercy, Goeth briefly tries out being merciful, even sparing the life of a Jewish boy who was unable to clean the stains in Goeth's bathtub. But, unable to really understand the power of mercy that Schindler has described, Goeth decides to kill the boy anyway. When he finds himself [[VillainousCrush attracted to his Jewish maid, Helen]], he attempts to clumsily come on to her, only to eventually blame her for his own sexual feelings and savagely beat her afterwards. In the end, it seems like Goeth is a pure sociopath driven only by his erratic whims, only able to ape the basic mannerisms of a human being. He even seems [[EvilCannotComprehendGood unable to understand basic compassion and human decency]] when confronted with it.

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* CompleteMonster: Amon Goeth is the AxCrazy [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] Lieutenant in charge of the liquidation of the Krakow Jewish ghetto and is the overseer of the [[POWCamp Plaszow concentration camp]]. Goeth's true nature is first exposed when he encounters a Jewish forewoman protesting that the foundation of the structure in the camp they're building is unsound, and this will lead to the building's eventual collapse. Goeth's response is for her to be killed in front of the other workers. [[KickTheDog He then orders his men to follow the dead woman's instructions anyway]]. This is merely the first instance in a long line of pointless and unpredictable violence from Goeth. Some of his most infamous crimes are shooting prisoners with a sniper rifle [[ForTheEvulz for sport, sport]], personally killing twenty-five men in a rage after one man from their barracks managed to escape from his work detail, and laughing at crying parents as he sends away trainloads of their children to be gassed. [[BaitTheDog Every time a possible flicker of humanity is exposed in Goeth, it is quickly subverted then extinguished]]. When Oskar Schindler tries to convince Goeth that true power is mercy, Goeth briefly tries out being merciful, even sparing the life of a Jewish boy who was unable to clean the stains in Goeth's bathtub. But, unable to really understand the power of mercy that Schindler has described, Goeth decides to kill the boy anyway. When he finds himself [[VillainousCrush attracted to his Jewish maid, Helen]], he attempts to clumsily come on to her, only to eventually blame her for his own sexual feelings and savagely beat her afterwards. In the end, it seems like Goeth is a pure sociopath driven only by his erratic whims, only able to ape the basic mannerisms of a human being. He even seems [[EvilCannotComprehendGood unable to understand basic compassion and human decency]] when confronted with it.
3rd Oct '16 4:11:29 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Amon Goeth is the AxCrazy [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] Lieutenant in charge of the liquidation of the Krakow Jewish ghetto and is the overseer of the [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Plaszow concentration camp]]. Goeth's true nature is first exposed when he encounters a Jewish forewoman protesting that the foundation of the structure in the camp they're building is unsound, and this will lead to the building's eventual collapse. Goeth's response is for her to be killed in front of the other workers. [[KickTheDog He then orders his men to follow the dead woman's instructions anyway]]. This is merely the first instance in a long line of pointless and unpredictable violence from Goeth. Some of his most infamous crimes are shooting prisoners with a sniper rifle for sport, personally killing twenty-five men in a rage after one man from their barracks managed to escape from his work detail, and laughing at crying parents as he sends away trainloads of their children to be gassed. [[BaitTheDog Every time a possible flicker of humanity is exposed in Goeth, it is quickly subverted then extinguished]]. When Oskar Schindler tries to convince Goeth that true power is mercy, Goeth briefly tries out being merciful, even sparing the life of a Jewish boy who was unable to clean the stains in Goeth's bathtub. But, unable to really understand the power of mercy that Schindler has described, Goeth decides to kill the boy anyway. When he finds himself [[VillainousCrush attracted to his Jewish maid, Helen]], he attempts to clumsily come on to her, only to eventually blame her for his own sexual feelings and savagely beat her afterwards. In the end, it seems like Goeth is a pure sociopath driven only by his erratic whims, only able to ape the basic mannerisms of a human being. He even seems [[EvilCannotComprehendGood unable to understand basic compassion and human decency]] when confronted with it.

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* CompleteMonster: Amon Goeth is the AxCrazy [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] Lieutenant in charge of the liquidation of the Krakow Jewish ghetto and is the overseer of the [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust [[POWCamp Plaszow concentration camp]]. Goeth's true nature is first exposed when he encounters a Jewish forewoman protesting that the foundation of the structure in the camp they're building is unsound, and this will lead to the building's eventual collapse. Goeth's response is for her to be killed in front of the other workers. [[KickTheDog He then orders his men to follow the dead woman's instructions anyway]]. This is merely the first instance in a long line of pointless and unpredictable violence from Goeth. Some of his most infamous crimes are shooting prisoners with a sniper rifle for sport, personally killing twenty-five men in a rage after one man from their barracks managed to escape from his work detail, and laughing at crying parents as he sends away trainloads of their children to be gassed. [[BaitTheDog Every time a possible flicker of humanity is exposed in Goeth, it is quickly subverted then extinguished]]. When Oskar Schindler tries to convince Goeth that true power is mercy, Goeth briefly tries out being merciful, even sparing the life of a Jewish boy who was unable to clean the stains in Goeth's bathtub. But, unable to really understand the power of mercy that Schindler has described, Goeth decides to kill the boy anyway. When he finds himself [[VillainousCrush attracted to his Jewish maid, Helen]], he attempts to clumsily come on to her, only to eventually blame her for his own sexual feelings and savagely beat her afterwards. In the end, it seems like Goeth is a pure sociopath driven only by his erratic whims, only able to ape the basic mannerisms of a human being. He even seems [[EvilCannotComprehendGood unable to understand basic compassion and human decency]] when confronted with it.
7th Feb '16 5:58:14 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: Often considered the best movie of Spielberg's career.
4th Jan '16 9:01:42 PM Tuckerscreator
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* SignatureScene: Certainly has many options, but the liquidation of the ghetto or the girl in the red coat oat will always stand out.

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* SignatureScene: Certainly has many options, but the liquidation of the ghetto or the girl in the red coat oat will always stand out.
4th Jan '16 8:55:06 PM 0nyx
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* EvilIsSexy: Creator/RalphFiennes as Amon Goeth.
* FanPreferredCouple: Amon and Helen, pairing occasionally supported by viewers, despite unlikelihood of it ever possibly working out, particularly since Amon mostly seems to see her as something he likes to possess than actually caring about her.
2nd Jan '16 7:05:32 PM creader
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While the film did well all over the world, Germans (understandably) liked the sympathetic portrayal of a German in a Holocaust movie that nevertheless portrayed the overall monstrosity of the Nazi regime and condemned its actions in no uncertain terms. There was an uproar the first time the film was to be broadcast on German television when the network announced that it would take two commercial breaks; in the end, the network agreed to show only one break, with only a few ads and a short newscast. Today, the film is always broadcast uncut with no breaks.
2nd Jan '16 6:53:33 PM creader
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* TearJerker: TheMovie. However, the most powerful scene would have to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpXQ-zBOS44 Schindler's breakdown near the end of the film]].
** A close second would be Schindler seeing the body of the [[LittleDeadRidingHood little girl in the red coat]] pass by him on the way to the crematorium.
** The song "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_of_Gold Jerusalem Of Gold]]" - an ''Israeli'' hymn of praise and longing for the (old) city - playing as the Schindler Jews walk hand in hand to freedom, just before their real-world counterparts come to pay their respect at Schindler's grave on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. This is really the only mention of the State of Israel - the final destination for many of the Schindler Jews - anywhere in the movie.
*** This depends a lot on your political affiliation; Israeli leftists would see this as the kind of fear-mongering propaganda used to bring Jews to Israel, the sort that's constantly used by the Israeli government, which muddies up the rest of the film’s humanistic message.
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