During World War II, Nazis have overtaken Kraków, Poland and formed a ghetto where they put their so-called “undesirables” for local Jews. Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, is a German man from Czechoslovakia and moves to the city hoping to strike it rich. He is a member of the Nazi Party, bribing the German armed forces and SS officials to allow him to open a factor that procures enamelware. He hires Itzhak Stern, played by Ben Kingsley, who is a Jewish man with contacts to black marketeers and other Jewish businessmen. Stern aids in securing financing for the factor, which remains friendly with the Nazis. He hires cheap Jewish labor with Stern attempting to deem as many as possible “essential” to the German war effort, thereby protecting them from deportation to concentration camps.Read more
Steven Spielberg accepted no royalties for this film as he would consider the money to be from “blood”. He instead donated to the Shoah Foundation, an organization which preserves written and video recorded interviews from survivors of various genocides throughout the world history, including the Holocaust itself. For his role of Amon Goeth, Ralph Fiennes put on 28 pounds, mostly by drinking Guinness in excess.
Schindler’s List is a 1993 historical period drama directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. It was also produced by Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig while Steven Zaillian wrote the screenplay. The film stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, and Embeth Davidtz. It was first released in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 1993, before getting a full United States release on December 15, 1993. It grossed $322.1 million against a budget of $22 million while enjoying very positive reviews. It holds an approval rating of 97% on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes while Metacritic has assigned it a score of 93 out of 100.