Schindler’s genius is in bribing, scheming, conning. He knows about running a factory and finds Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), a Jewish accountant, to handle that side of things. The relationship between Schindler and Stern is developed by Spielberg with enormous subtlety. This subtlety is Spielberg's strength all through the film. Spielberg relies on a series of incidents, seen clearly and without artificial manipulation, and by witnessing those incidents we understand what little can be known about Schindler and his scheme. The Holocaust is seen in a vivid and terrible way. In the movie, the horror and evil of the Holocaust is symbolised in a Nazi prison camp commandant named Goeth (Ralph Fiennes). From the veranda of his "villa," overlooking the prison yard, he shoots Jews for target practice.Goeth is one of those weak hypocrites who upholds an ideal but makes himself an exception to it; he preaches the death of the Jews, and then chooses a pretty one named Helen Hirsch to be his maid and falls in love with her. He does not find it monstrous that her people are being exterminated, and she is spared on his affectionate whim. He sees his personal needs as more important than right or wrong, life or death.
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- Fall '17
- Cliff Tyndall
- History, The Holocaust, Oskar Schindler