This is truly a great movie. It tells the story of a German businessman named Oskar Schindler, who during World War Two uses Polish Jews to work at his factories to become super wealthy. After a massacre of Jews at the Kraków Ghetto, however, Schindler eventually sees the horror of the Nazi anti-Jew laws and behaviors, and he changes his mission from making money to saving as many Jews as possible. As the Jews are ordered to Auschwitz, Schindler and Jewish associate Itzhak Stern, using on SS officials massive bribes which eventually make Schindler broke, compose a list of Jews who will instead “work” at Schindler’s new factory until the war’s end, thereby saving them; from this list the title borrows its name.
The film is a powerful lesson in cruelty and compassion, characterized respectively by Göth (bloodthirsty SS officer) and Schindler. It is shot mainly in black and white (despite being a 1993 movie), with exceptions at the beginning and end, which give it a documentary feel. Also important is the ghetto massacre, in which the red dress of little girl is shown in color, as it is also the scene in which Schindler has a change of heart to helping the Jews; this red dress can be seen on the movie poster.
The musical score, by John Williams, is remarkable. In fact, one of the reasons I wanted to watch this movie was because I had recently listened to the main theme, which is one of the most sad but gorgeous pieces of music I have ever heard.