Liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto March 1943 (Man's Capacity For Evil…
Liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto March 1943
Family - bread - jewels
Facial expressions as they eat the bread.
Hospital - CU - poisonous drink (prop) - respect - human rights
Jews hiding - montage - people hiding in a piano, strapped to a bed, under the floors, in the cupboard, in the closet, in the ceiling
Night time - artificial light; diegetic sound - silence, creaking, piano keys, rapid firing of guns, footsteps of stains, Bach piece - frenetic, pathos/irony
Characterisation of Poldek - sewers - lighting; diegetic sound of gunshots
Ingenuity - resilience - props - cases / clearing the street - actions - salute
Adam - used by Nazis - hides Mrs Dresner + Danke - dialogue: "I will take you to the good line."
Schindler's Growing Conscience
Beginning - Schindler's hedonism
CU of Schindler on horse looking down at massacre. Serious face - disgust/sadness -> conscience for the Jews. Cross-cutting / point-of-view shot
Colour in a black & white movie -> ㅡmagnifies little girl's innocence ( little girl in the red coat). Point of focus. Chaos. Turning point for Schindler. Allies' culpability - they knew what was going on and did nothing
Parallels between Goeth & Schindler
Both in positions of power
Schindler heads up DEF (company)
Goeth heads up Plaszow (Work Concentration Camp)
Gratitude - euphemism for bribery, corruption, the Black Market
Wide angle long shot of Goeth addressing his troops before the liquidation.
Dialogue: "Today is history...6 centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those 6 centuries are a rumour. They never happened." - Goeth
Powerlessness of Schindler (mise en scene). Schindler is viewing the evil from the hill overlooking Krakow v Goeth is in the thick of the evil. In the evening mid shot of him sitting down, dialogue emphasises his selfishness. "I wish this fucking night were over."
Schindler & Goeth (parallel scene) shaving & looking into the mirror - who am I?
"Two very similar men, go down very different paths." - Mrs Price
Man's Capacity For Evil
Hand held camera of Jews running out of their homes
Point-of-view shots of Jewish faces in the chaos of the shots
Close up shots of Stern's fear (face), fumbling hands as he searches for his papers.
Fear / chaos / evil that the Nazis are perpetrating
Tracking shot of soldiers' helmets & barking dogs as en masse they invade the ghetto
anonymity; following orders; loss of conscience
Contrast of insensitivity of Germans to violence - evening - shooting of hidden Jews: hospital - volley of bullets - hollow victory - patients already dead. lining of people - using one bullet to shoot 4 - so undignified / inhuman
contrasted with Jews' humanity
Little girl in the red dress - mid-shot walking past the adults - her humanity highlighted
Non diegetic sound of children's choir - innocence contrasted with inhumanity of diegetic sound - gun shots.
Adam hiding Mrs Dresner. Dialogue to Germans: "I've searched the building..."