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Schindler's List Film Study Essay

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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.
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Goeth believes that the final solution is a good thing and motivate the soldiers. The Liquidation of the Ghetto killed many Jews and the survivors were sent to a version of a ‘living hell’ with an anxious feeling of whether they were going to live or die.
Spielberg uses colour to create tension in the scene of the Little Girl in the Red Coat. The entire scene is in black and white; however there is one piece of colour. A red coat worn by a young Jewish girl, it brings the audience’s focus to the girl. During the liquidation a young Jewish girl comes into view, wondering through the chaos going unnoticed. The girl does not understand what is going on, although she goes out of Schindler’s sight, hides under her bed and covers her ears. Spielberg uses a mix of diegetic and non-diegetic sounds throughout the scene. The diegetic sound is gun shots and the non-diegetic sound is a Jewish children’s lullaby. The use of the children’s lullaby creates a sense of innocence in the surrounding chaotic scene. Long shots are used to follow the young girl and to show what is happening to the other Jewish people. To capture the audience’s attention the scene is filmed through Schindler’s eyes as he notices the young girl. Throughout the film there is rarely any colour, the Little Girl in the Red Coat is one of the few scenes that uses colour. The red of her coat symbolises the innocence and death of the 6 million Jewish people. Once the little girl is hiding under the bed and covering her ears, the colour fades away. Tension is created by having the young girl walk across the screen which then triggers shock and emotion within the audience. This is the most remembered scene in the film that not only creates tension but also emotion as the audience connects with the young Jewish girl.
Auschwitz is the most famous concentration camp of World War II. The scene...

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