Schindler's List Film Study

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Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List is based on Oskar Schindler’s life during World War II and how he saved over 12,000 Jewish people’s lives. Spielberg uses diegetic and non-diegetic sound, camera angles and shots, motifs and limited colour to create tension within the film. Tension would build in three specific scenes that also had an emotional impact on the audience. The Liquidation of the Ghetto created tension by the soldiers talking in German throughout the scene. The Little Girl in the Red Coat created tension by adding colour and having her walk through the chaos going unnoticed. Finally Auschwitz created tension by using camera angles and string instruments.
Tension is built within the Liquidation of the Ghetto by Amon Goeth’s “inspirational” speech which is used to motivate the German soldiers. The speech foreshadows that history is about to be made and something bad is going to happen to the Jewish people. Once the ‘Final Solution’ begins Jewish people are being filed into the streets and their belongings are taken from them. People are being shot for no reason and in spite of what is going on; doctors and nurses are giving poison to the terminally ill patients so they do not suffer. The people who were hiding are found and were shot. Spielberg uses diegetic sound throughout this scene to create emotion within the audience. Gun shots and a sense of mourning can be heard which creates tension by having an unknown fate for the surviving people. The audience begins to wonder if they are going to the labour camp or a concentration camp. Panning is used to show each aspect that is happening throughout the liquidation. It shows the audience the impact that is had on the Jewish people. Amon Goeth’s speech foreshadows tha...

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...r from white to black to represent the ashes. Trains throughout the film are a motif for death and life. Earlier in the film Mila Pfefferberg told the women the story of Auschwitz and no one believed her they shaved their hair and with stars of David on the doors. This foreshadowed the gruesome events that happened while the women were at Auschwitz and what actually happened to many Jewish people. This created tension by keeping the audience guessing what goes on behind the walls of Auschwitz.
Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List is based on Oskar Schindler’s life during the Holocaust of World War II and how he saved over 12,000 Jewish people from the labour and concentration camps. During The Liquidation of the Ghetto, The Girl in the Red Coat and Auschwitz diegetic and non-diegetic sound, camera angles and shots, limited colour and motifs are used to create tension.

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