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Schindler’s List: “Liquidation of the Ghetto”

It is extraordinary when viewers are able to feel as though they are actually in a film while they watch it. Through the use of filmic techniques, Steven Spielberg does just this in his film, Schindler’s List. The film follows a man named Oskar Schindler who saves the lives of thousands of Jews by employing them in his factory. One scene, the “liquidation of the ghetto”, captures Spielberg’s unique talent at setting the mood of the scene and establishing important themes of cruelty and sympathy. Spielberg uses camera angles and movements, color and sound effects to achieve the mood of chaos and fear. He does this so well that even the viewers find themselves cringing and at the brink of…