by: Poll Anthony R. Santillan
What makes a movie good is the emotional impact. I’ve never actually spelled out whatcriteria I use to qualify a movie as “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” but Schindler’s List by
Spielberg, I can say, is a “thumbs up” one. It, indeed, got me to an emotional level especially thatit is based on a true story. I’ve never seen a picture carried out with such emotion before. This
movie will go down in history as a classic.
The movies open with a small color scene and then it moves into black and white. Thisadds a sense of reality to the film. The sets are darker or lighter than the people in the scenes, sothey would not blend. The costumes were also distinguished from skin tones or colors being usedfor the sets. These made the movie more believable and heart-wrenching. Spielberg makes usfeel as if we're living inside the 20th century's darkest- and most defining-episode.
There is also the significance of symbolism in this scene with the use of a child as asymbol of hope and innocence. This manipulation of the truth (there were no children inconcentration camps they were killed off much sooner) is clever by Spielberg. The constant useof children and the elderly to create a distressing image for the viewer to emote with throughoutthe film makes for a more empathetic bond to be formed. This in turn creates a more emotionallyactive film.