SCHINDLER'S LIST RETURNING TO THEATERS

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SCHINDLER'S LIST RETURNING TO THEATERS
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SCHINDLER'S LIST RETURNING TO THEATERS


"It is difficult to believe that it's been 25 years since Schindler's List first arrived in theaters," said director Steven Spielberg.


BY AMY SPIRO, JERUSALEM POST, AUGUST 30, 2018 14:32


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A scene from Schindler's List. 



To mark the 25th anniversary of the iconic film Schindler’s List, Universal Pictures will be releasing a remastered version of the movie in theaters on December 7.

“It is difficult to believe that it’s been 25 years since Schindler’s List first arrived in theaters,” said director Steven Spielberg in a statement on Wednesday. “The true stories of the magnitude and tragedy of the Holocaust are ones that must never be forgotten, and the film’s lessons about the critical importance of countering hatred continue to reverberate today. I am honored that audiences will be able to experience the journey once again on the big screen.”



The film will have its picture and sound digitally remastered in 4K and hit theaters for a limited engagement in the United States and Canada. Universal – which released a remastered trailer for the film on Wednesday – said the new version “provides a stunning experience on the big screen, to match the power of the film and its significant themes.” The film studio said the movie will also be re-released in some international territories in early 2019.

Ahead of the re-release, the film will also be screened for high school students and educators at free events around North America. The events are being coordinated by the USC Shoah Foundation, which Spielberg founded the year after completing Schindler’s List.



Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBC Universal, said Wednesday that “We are proud to bring the remastered Schindler’s List, one of the most important movies of the 20th century, to a new generation of filmgoers. The lesson that one person – during one of the darkest chapters in humankind’s history – can make a difference is as relevant now as ever before.”

In April, Spielberg and much of the film’s cast took part in a 25th anniversary panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival. The director said then that winning two Academy Awards for the film “wasn’t really a celebration at all... I don’t feel this movie is a celebration. The subject matter and the impact the film had on all of us … took sort of the celebration out of that.”

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Buzz of the Orient
1  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

Most theatre goers don't bother to sit through the credits when they roll at the end of a movie - they just get up and leave when the movie ends, as I always did. I watched this movie when it first was shown in a movie theatre. At the end of the movie, not I nor anyone else was able to even stand up until the rolling credits ended and the house lights came on.  Never has any movie had such an impact that the whole audience was virtually stunned at the end - unable to move until they had to move. 

 
 
JaneDoe
2  JaneDoe    3 weeks ago

I saw it twice and also have the book. I would like to see it in the theater setting again.

My son teaches High School history and shows this movie at the end of each year. Always stunned silence from the students.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @2    3 weeks ago

What grade does he teach - I'm curious about the age of the students.

The tree that Schindler planted in the Avenue of the Righteous outside of Yad Vashem has the biggest pile of stones of any of the trees.

 
 
JaneDoe
2.1.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    3 weeks ago

He teaches juniors, some seniors.

He has to send permission slips home to be signed. He told me it’s the only time all year his students are totally silent.

Our world could use a lot more people such as Mr. Schindler.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

Do any of the parents refuse to sign the permission slips?  If would hope none refuse.

 
 
JaneDoe
2.1.3  JaneDoe  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

You know Buzz, I am not 100% sure about that. I will have to ask him.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @2.1.3    3 weeks ago

Read my "REQUIRED READING" comment below - your son might be interested in the academic use of the article about the movie - prepared questions for discussion about it.

 
 
JaneDoe
2.1.5  JaneDoe  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.4    3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Buzz! I just sent it along in a text to him. He will really enjoy that. He just sucks up information like a sponge!

 
 
JaneDoe
2.1.6  JaneDoe  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

I asked him about that. He said to date, no parent has refused to allow their child to watch. 

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @2.1.6    3 weeks ago

Okay, that's good.

 
 
Kathleen/Butterfie
2.1.9  Kathleen/Butterfie  replied to  JaneDoe @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

I remember coming home with a permission slip to watch The three Stooges. We were learning about slapstick humor in English. Although the teacher had to tell the kids to stop trying to poke each other in the eyes with their two fingers. I guess they thought it was violent and some parents may have not been okay with it. Mine were fine because they loved them. 

I bet they were silent, that was a eye opener and they had no idea that people would be so cruel to others.

 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.10  Trout Giggles  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    3 weeks ago

What's the meaning of the stones?

I remember at the end of the movie the survivors and the actors that played them placed stones on Schindler's grave

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.11  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.10    3 weeks ago

It's traditional to leave a stone on or at the tombstone as a sign to tell the deceased as a giving of respect and that they have been thought of and visited.  There was also a big pile of stones left around the tree planted by Schindler on the Avenue of the Righteous at Yad Vashem.

 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.12  Trout Giggles  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.11    2 weeks ago

Thanks for answering my question, Buzz. Some days I do get smarter here

 
 
Krishna
3  Krishna    3 weeks ago

And yet-- some countries banned it!

Islamic Nations Move to Keep Out 'Schindler's List'

The New York Times Archives, 1994

"Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film about the Holocaust, is being effectively barred from theaters in many Arab and Islamic countries.

Gerry Lewis, an international marketing consultant for Mr. Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment, who is overseeing the film's release abroad, said of the Arab and Muslim response: "We were all quite shocked at the beginning when we met this opposition. The movie is a historical record of something that actually happened, a historical horror. It seems extraordinary that any group of people can reject the film for contemporary reasons."

But Arab experts said it was perhaps naive for movie makers to view the film as only a historical document unrelated to the incendiary atmosphere of the Middle East. Showing the film to Arab audiences, they said, could result in violence at movie theaters. (Link)

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @3    3 weeks ago

I can't open the link to the NY Times - I think it's banned here for some reason (talking about banning things). 

"Showing the film to Arab audiences, they said, could result in violence at movie theaters."

Seems that the Arabs don't require much to be violent.  What wasn't mentioned is that they deny The Holocaust, and the movie as a historical record is proof of it - after all, it is pretty well a true story.

 
 
Krishna
3.1.1  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1    3 weeks ago
What wasn't mentioned is that they deny The Holocaust, and the movie as a historical record is proof of it - after all, it is pretty well a true story.

When I was in Egypt, those people I talked to about 9/11-- to a person!-- all denied Arabs were behind it. Hard for us to believe, but they actually beleive it was someone else-- either "Bush"-- or "The Jews". But Arabs? Nope-- no way!

 
 
Krishna
3.1.2  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1    3 weeks ago
I can't open the link to the NY Times - I think it's banned here for some reason (talking about banning things). 

I don't know if itis. But if it is, they may have has an article (or articles) saying something negative about China, so the paper is banned there ????

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @3.1.2    3 weeks ago

What I don't understand is that some media are banned whereas others of the same ilk are not - so perhaps there is a reason.  Maybe if the NY Times consistently praises the Dalai Lama, defends the independent government of Taiwan, criticizes the Chinese record on Human Rights, etc. the government here might say that enough is enough.

 
 
Krishna
3.1.4  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1.3    3 weeks ago
Maybe if the NY Times consistently praises the Dalai Lama, defends the independent government of Taiwan, criticizes the Chinese record on Human Rights, etc. the government here might say that enough is enough.

I don't read the Times (except when someone sends me a link to a particular article or an article comes up in a Google search) . I could be wrong, but I don't think they defend Taiwan. However I believe they do do the other two things you mentioned.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

REQUIRED READING for anyone who wants to fully understand the movie Schindler's List, and what its meaning, including each and every scene, was and still is, and hopefully forever will be. The author writes with an absolutely compelling style - a reader cannot stop turning to the next pages of the article.  However, you had better put aside at least half a day to get entirely through it.

https://www.shmoop.com/schindlers-list/

A poignant excerpt:

"After sweeping the Poles aside like ninepins (and seriously, the Polish Army went out against the German tanks on horseback: talk about guts), the Germans settle in and promptly begin deporting all of the country's Jews into ghettos in the cities. Their homes, businesses, and belongings are confiscated. They have no means of support. They're forced to wear armbands identifying them as Jews, just in case anyone would confuse them with human beings."

The article continues with describing the 34 scenes of the movie, including the author's caustic comments about the action and characters, followed by a discussion about the themes, and more.  The author asks us, the readers, questions. Think about what answers you would give - it's a worthwhile exercise.  Keep reading - this is fascinating material, and we are all wiser if we put in the time to continue reading.  As well, we will develop an intense appreciation of Spielberg's genius, and his generosity having refused his Director's fees but by his establishment of the Shoah Foundation.

The ending?

"Fortunately [the article's author] went to Costco before watching Schindler's List and purchased a 12-pack of Kleenex Ultra. If you're not reduced to tears during the film's final scene, then either you're all cried out from the rest of the movie or you've been way too busy checking your phone. Even the often cranky film critic Gene Siskel called it "the most deeply moving ending in motion picture history."

The author provides many questions, not only to make us as readers think about the significance of each aspect of the movie, but also for academic use, questions for classrooms.  An example:

  • "Why does Steven Spielberg show us the real-life people portrayed in the film at the end? What kind of significance does that gesture hold?"

My answer would be - It hits the viewer with a hammer-blow that this was REAL, this REALLY HAPPENED - those were real people, it wasn't fiction.

A bit of amusing trivia from the article:

"Steven Spielberg dropped out of college to start his career as a filmmaker........But he never forgot the work undone, so he secretly re-enrolled at Cal State Long Beach with an eye on finishing his degree. As his final thesis, he had to submit a student film. His choice?Schindler's List. The department seems to have deemed it acceptable, and Spielberg finally earned his college degree in 2002."
 
 
1stwarrior
5  1stwarrior    3 weeks ago

Wife and I went to see "The Finale" - pretty much the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann a few days ago.  Talk about a hair rising story.

She and I discussed the similarities between "Finale" and "Schindler's List" and it's absolutely amazing just how much so few know about what occurred during that timeframe.

My (our) kudos to "Schindler's List" - glad to see it's being shown repeatedly on Showtime.

 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  1stwarrior @5    3 weeks ago

That's a movie I might actually break down and spend 50 bucks at the theater to go see

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    3 weeks ago

It might cost a little less to buy the DVD.

 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

LOL! Or even wait until it comes on Netflix

 
 
Kathleen/Butterfie
6  Kathleen/Butterfie    3 weeks ago

That was a great movie. I saw it when it came out in the theaters.  I remember crying at the end when he said "I could have saved 2 more with this and 4 more with this car...."  I was no more good. 

I have it on DVD and I watch it from time to time. 

Hard to believe what people do to each other.

 
 
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