5 "The ghetto is liberty."farnzy | 10/06/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Spielberg had originally been drawn to the story of Schindler in 1982 when the book "Schindler's Ark" was first published. To his credit Spielberg wanted to wait until he had matured as a director before he tackled the most sensitive of genres-the Holocaust film.The outcome 11 years later would more than justify his decision to wait as Schindler's List manages to tread a compassionate line between art and reverence to the difficult subject matter.The film is masterfully shot in black and white so instantly places the viewer in the past. However the excellent photography also aids how we see the parallel lives of Jews and the ruling Nazis. In one sequence Spielberg cuts deftly between a Jewish family forced out of their comfortable home to be housed with many others in the ghetto, and Schindler being shown around a palatial apartment by an S.S. officer stolen from Jews. The black and white film instantly highlights the squalor and splendor in equal measure.Spielberg is equally aided by his triumvirate of actors; Neeson, Kingsley and Fiennes. Each of them totally inhabit their roles without ever hinting at a performance. Neeson as Schindler is the conduit between the other two and has never been better. His transformation from war profiteer to one of the righteous is gradual and largely unexplained; and for that reason all the more human.Schindler's dealings with Kingsley's Jewish accountant and Fiennes' S.S. commendant illustrate the ever increasing insanity of the Reich and the diminishing power of their slaves to at first resist and then to survive. Fiennes complains that his villa is really a house, whereas Kingsley is nearly sent to the gas chambers for forgetting his papers, and then sent to work for Fiennes to keep his corrupt financial matters in order.The haunting images of Schindler's List are many and often. Films are said to be about moments and they are constant throughout Spielberg's film, even with its 3 hour plus running time. The match cut from candle to train, the piles of personal items being collated whilst their former owners are being sent to their death, the muzzle flahes of guns lighting up the windows of the ghetto like piano keys as we hear Mozart played by one S.S. soldier as his comrades exterminate any survivors of the earlier clearing.A copy of Schindler's List was sent to every school so that future generations would never forget what happened. Perhaps every home should own a copy too.