Schindler’s List

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Film details:

Schindler’s List is a film created in 1993 by director Steven Spielberg and writers Thomas Keneally and Steven Zaillian.

Schindler’s List is based on a true story where a man named Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, attempts at creating a business where he employees Jews to do all the work where he gets all the money. However, things start to change when he starts feeling for his Jewish workers. As a result he creates a list of names of Jews which he intends to buy using all his money. He takes these Jews to a factory he owns in his hometown away from the Nazis to work. He uses the rest of his money to bribe Nazi officials to keep what he is doing under wraps.

The key message of this film is to shed light and focus on the amazing good deeds performed by the real Oskar Schindler during World War 2. The message I can see myself in this film is that people are not always what they seem and that even if someone seems bad on the outside, it doesn’t mean the same is on the inside. The way this message is put across is through the little girl in red. Spielberg has said that he used the girl in red as an indication that Schindler has changed. He also mentioned that the little girl in red is to represent the blood of all Jewish people. The blood of the Jewish people were on the radar of the English, Americans and Russians but they did nothing to help them.

Production details:

The production companies for this film are Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. There are also a huge number of individual distribution companies such as United International Picture and CIC Video. Click here for the full list of distributors, special effects and other companies.

The certificate for this film is 15 which means that no one under the age of 15 is suitable to watch this film. Therefore, the target audience is over 15 years of ages. Not only that but this film is also targeted at those who have an interest in world war history, Oskar Schindler and the history of the holocaust.

Below is a list of tecnological uses used in the film. Source:


  • Arriflex 35 III
  • Arriflex 535


  • DeLuxe, USA (prints)
  • Arri Contrast GmbH, Germany

Film negative format (mm/video inches)

  • 35 mm (Eastman)

Cinematographic process

  • Spherical

Printed film format

  • 35 mm (spherical)

Aspect ratio

  • 1.85 : 1

The estimated budget for Schindler’s List was $25,000,000.


Schindler’s List won 7 Oscars, 65 other awards and nominated for 23 other awards. Overall a very successful film. Click here for the full list of awards given to Schindler’s List.

The only certificate given to this film was 15 worldwide. This certificate means that the film cannot be viewed by persons under the age of 15.


The main thing I noticed about the film was the fact that the whole film is in black and white. I have a theory on why Spielberg shot the movie in black and white and thats because the time of the movie is set back in the 1940s. Therefore, Spielberg shot the film in black and white to give the viewers the feeling that the film is set in an older time. The other thing that is very distinctive about this film is the fact that it is based on a real story and even et in the real locations, not fake builds and so on. Theres a benefit to making a movie based on a real story and that benefit is that it intrigues people to watch the movie. It makes the audience think they need to find out what the real story is and how it is portrayed through the big screen.
There are a number of elements the movie uses that I would love to use in some of my future production. The first of which is the black and white filming. I love how black and white filming along with old age grainy effect works in film. It gives a film a sense of history and I like that. I also like the fact that there are no colours at all and lets you focus just on the movie and no bright and off putting colours. Having said that, during Schindler’s List there is a scene with a little girl in red with everything else still black and white. This draws focus on the girl in a dark and damp black and white movie. I love this idea, its a great way to bring in a ‘little’ colour to certain elements of a black and white movie. I would like to use this some time in a black and white movie as it draws significance to that particular element in the movie.


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