“At a time when there was no kindness in the world, lives were saved and generations were created.” – Steven Spielberg
Join us on Friday April 7 for a special movie event: Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, Schindler’s List, presented entirely without commercial breaks.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films yet made about the Holocaust, Schindler’s List centres on industrialist and unlikely hero Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who negotiated with the Nazis to retain his Jewish workforce and in so doing, spared their lives.
For employees named on Schindler’s list, the document represented life in the face of death.
“Making Schindler’s List was an experience that truly changed my life,” said Steven Spielberg. “It did something to me that no other film I’ve directed has accomplished: it’s given me a chance to really realise the powerful medium of film is.
“I discovered something in myself; I was very ashamed of being Jewish [as a child], and this film has come along with me on this journey through shame to honour.”
Spielberg won his first Oscar in 1994 for directing Schindler’s List, which was based upon Australian author and historian Thomas Kenneally's Booker Prize-winning novel, 'Schindler's Ark'.
Schindler's List went on to win a total of seven Academy Awards, including best picture. Spielberg described the win as "the biggest drink of water after the longest drought in my life". Producer and Holocaust survivor Branko Lustig accepted the award (along with Spielberg and fellow producer Gerald R. Molen) and said that in making this movie, "I hope I've fulfilled my obligations to the innocent victims of the Holocaust", to bear witness to their memory.
The film features a searing supporting performance by Ralph Fiennes as the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, and a haunting score by frequent Spielberg collaborator, John Williams.
Our special event movie of the week will be introduced by none other than Jack Thompson, who will continue to present each of the films in our month-long war movie season.
Watch Margaret & David's five-star review of 'Schindler's List' from the Movie Show archives
Watch an interview with Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List screens on SBS at 8.40pm on Friday April 7, 2017. Please note that film will not be available for catch-up viewing at SBS On Demand.