Schindler's List ★★★★★

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Schindler's List is often hypocritical. It tugs at the heartstrings while stripping its formal mechanics of sentiment. It portrays the truth of history while often succumbing to cheap suspense tactics (the shower scene). It provides a snapshot of the industrialized functions of the holocaust while rarely moving beyond the story at hand, which would be fine if it didn't sway into broader digressions. Spielberg's pride in making it, and deciding *this* story is the one to tell has always ruffled feathers, but it is still an honorable act of remembrance. One that is so unbearably moving that its role as a reminder, an evocation, and a depiction seemingly blend together. To create an accessible hollywood depiction of the holocaust in all its inhumanity and yet not push for an overview of its history is powerful. The list is the life of these faces, these people, and of this masterpiece. Spielberg will forever be one of the greatest filmmakers.

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