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Schindler 's List Of The Holocaust Essay

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Schindler’s List was one of the first critically acclaimed Holocaust films in the United States. Director Steven Spielberg set out to make a historically accurate film about Oskar Schindler, portrayed by Liam Neeson, and his Jews. It has been over 20 years since the film’s release and Schindler’s List continues to reign supreme when it comes to Holocaust films. However, this is not to say that the film has not been without controversy specifically surrounding the film’s historical accuracy. While often hailed for its accuracy, it would be inaccurate to imply the film is completely correct. Spielberg sacrifices historical accuracy numerous times for the sake of manipulating the audience and telling the Holocaust story that he believes should be told, a story that puts Schindler in the forefront while the Jews take a backseat. The historical inaccuracies of the film led to the assumption that Schindler’s List is less about the Jews and the Holocaust and more about Schindler, making the film to be more of a biopic. The portrayal of Jews in Schindler’s List has been critiqued and remained problematic since the film was released in 1993. Per Spielberg, Schindler’s List was supposed to be a Jewish film that was “by Jews, about Jews, and for Jews to use against non-Jews.” However, the film often missed the mark to show this. The film, which focuses mostly on Schindler, makes the Jews out to be passive victims who willingly accepted their fate until Schindler arrives. For
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