Home Forums Movies Schindler's List or The Pianist

Schindler's List or The Pianist

CREATE A NEW TOPIC
CREATE A NEW POLL
Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 18 total)
Created
2 years ago
Last Reply
3 months ago
17
replies
2417
views
14
users
Andrew Carden
2
CanadianFan
2
GusCruz
2
  • Anonymous
    Joined:
    Jan 1st, 1970
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825596

    I recently screened both Oscar winning films Schindler’s List and The Pianist. So many films have addressed the Holocaust, but I contend that these two are the most successful in educating the viewer and conveying the devastating feelings of the genocide which occurred.

    Interestingly, Schindler’s List director Steven Spielberg first thought he was not a mature enough filmmaker to address the serious topic. He owned the rights to the project and initially sought The Pianist director Roman Polanski to direct.

    Both men won Best Director for their respective films. Spielberg felt the topic was deeply personal to his faith and refused a salary. He had all profits from his participation fund the Shoah project to document the stories of Holocaust survivors. Polanski lost his mother to the Holocaust and survived by hiding in the barn of Polish farmer. His tragedy informed his commitment to the film.

    Schindler’s List tells the true story of businessman Oskar Schindler who uses free labor from Polish Jews in his factory. He later develops a conscience and saves the lives of hundreds of these men and women who escape death.

    The Pianist tells the true story of a Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman who survived the Holocaust in hiding in Warsaw with the help of some brave Resistance fighters.

    Each film is powerful and represents the finest work of the director’s oeuvre. Both present horror as commonplace. In Schindler’s List, Amon Goeth uses Jews for target practice. Spielberg forces us to see the violence as haunting and powerful. The obvious madness of the Nazi represents the evil which permeates this period.

    In The Pianist, Polanski presents horror as evidenced in the common man. In one particularly compelling and noteworthy scene, Szpilman must escape from a flat where he has been hiding. As he leaves, he is confronted by a middle aged woman in a bathrobe and headwrap. The woman feels her suspicions are confirmed and begins to shout that the fleeing man is a Jew. The ongoing random interactions permit Polanski to show us that everyone appears life threatening and only a few are kind.

    Each film ends in a sequence of great beauty that honors the past and gives hope for the future.

    When recommending a film on the Holocaust, which masterpiece do you choose?

    Reply
    Andrew Carden
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 16th, 2016
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825604

    Schindler’s List, though I admittedly find both a little overrated. Fiennes and the cinematography are quite incredible, though.

    The Pawnbroker is, in my humble opinion, the all-time greatest Holocaust film.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1952) – The Snubbin’ of Singin’ in the Rain

    ReplyCopy URL
    Anonymous
    Joined:
    Jan 1st, 1970
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825658

    The Pawnbroker is, in my humble opinion, the all-time greatest Holocaust film.

    There is little debate that Rod Steiger’s intense performance in The Pawnbroker deserved an Oscar, particularly over the rather silly work of Lee Marvin in the western comedy Cat Ballou.

    I don’t agree that it is the greatest film addressing the Holocaust. The device of using flashbacks to explain behavior and the manipulative, sentimental ending detract from the stunning performance. Like a predominant number of films directed by Sidney Lumet, everything is ratcheted up to a fervor that ultimately works against the story.

    ReplyCopy URL
    CanadianFan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jul 23rd, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825673

    Both are incredibly haunting works, but I think ‘Schindler’s List’ is more emotionally overwhelming because of its frank style and matter-of-fact portrayal. ‘The Pianist’ is a work of art, but it’s that artifice, and those little directorial flourishes that distance me from it ever so slightly.

    ReplyCopy URL
    GusCruz
    Participant
    Joined:
    Feb 26th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825709

    I find both films overrated, however, The Pianist is slightly better, more dignified. The acting in Schindler’s List is more solid overall.

    ReplyCopy URL
    ETPhoneHome
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 3rd, 2013
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825721

    I find both are interesting and well-executed, but The Pianist was more compelling and emotionally resonant to me. I found Schindler’s List a bit flat though I appreciated the achievement, and Fiennes’ performance in particular. There are many great films about the Holocaust, my personal pick for ‘best’ would probably be Night and Fog. These are definitely in the top class among the narrative ones though.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Denis
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825819

    I find it disturbing that people in general do not praise Liam Neeson’s performance enough, very subtle performance that should have won, I cannot believe that Brody has an oscar and he has none. Overall, I believe Schindler’s list is miles better, but still The Pianist is also an excellent movie.

    ReplyCopy URL
    GusCruz
    Participant
    Joined:
    Feb 26th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825836

    I find it disturbing that people in general do not praise Liam Neeson’s performance enough, very subtle performance that should have won, I cannot believe that Brody has an oscar and he has none. Overall, I believe Schindler’s list is miles better, but still The Pianist is also an excellent movie.

    I suspect we’re less than a year away from that changing…

    ReplyCopy URL
    Andrew Carden
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 16th, 2016
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201825898

    I like Neeson in Schindler’s List but I’ve always thought he was the clear weak link of that sensational 1993 Best Actor line-up and should’ve been replaced with either Jeff Bridges in Fearless or Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1953) – Jerry Lewis Ruins Everything

    ReplyCopy URL
    CanadianFan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jul 23rd, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201826061

    The final scene with Neeson is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen in a movie.

    To say he should be replaced by Williams in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ — well, I vehemently disagree.

    ReplyCopy URL
    babypook
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 4th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1201833159

    I’ll admit that I am not the biggest fan of either of these films, although this does not mean that they are not both masterfully crafted and acted.

    If I HAD to watch either again (and again and again as I have…lol) I’d choose Schindler’s, for the performances. Everyone is stellar, and especially for me, Ralph Fiennes…the first time I remember seeing him, and so memorable, I’ll never forget it.

    ReplyCopy URL
    The Hoax
    Participant
    Joined:
    Sep 23rd, 2017
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202221724

    Both the films have different perspective….like the pianist is being told from a jewish man’s perspective where he is the victim and his struggles to survive…Although it is heroic at some level but audience still shows sympathy for the protagonist…but on the other hand when we look at schindler’s list it has a completely opposite perspective as it is told from nazi german man’s perspective…here audiance feels to show respect towards the protagonist…but at last again we see very different kind of emotions…in the pianist we see him winning while in schindler’s list although from audience’s point of view he is already a heri but still he is not satisfied as he wanted to save more lives…and he pianist he also gad a 2nd thought that ge could help the german soldier who helped him…both are just great piece of work…

    ReplyCopy URL
    MacheteSupremo
    Participant
    Joined:
    Aug 31st, 2017
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202221759

    Schindler’s List. Not even close. The Pianist was okay, but I felt too distant from the movie, although Brody was definitely Oscar-worthy.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Marco B.
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 29th, 2014
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202221830

    They are both good film and none of them is great. I think Schindler’s List is the better one, but I should rewatch them.

    ReplyCopy URL
    BigJay2012
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 30th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202221869

    The Pianist. Such a beautifully executed and acted film. Adrian Brody’s win is one of the best in recent memory. Stunning cinematography. Polanski’s win was superb too

    ReplyCopy URL
Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 18 total)
Reply To: Schindler's List or The Pianist

You can use BBCodes to format your content.
Your account can't use Advanced BBCodes, they will be stripped before saving.

Similar Topics
Owl-Alw... - Dec 12, 2017
Movies
LBC1 - Dec 12, 2017
Movies