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Old 26-08-2013, 00:43
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It has taken me 20 years to finally sit down and watch this masterpiece.

Now I consider myself a hardened man, but have a soft spot for WW2. At the end, with Liam Neeson's Oscar Winning performance when he breaks down, literally had me gasping for breath. I just want to take my hat off to a movie that should be recognised as the best ever made.
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Old 26-08-2013, 00:56
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Sadly Liam Neeson didn't win the Oscar. He was beaten (inexplicably, in my opinion) by Tom Hanks for Philadelphia. I think it's a huge shame he didn't win, it's one of the finest performances I've ever seen. Hanks was very good, but Neeson was unforgettable.
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Old 26-08-2013, 01:00
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Sadly Liam Neeson didn't win the Oscar. He was beaten (inexplicably, in my opinion) by Tom Hanks for Philadelphia. I think it's a huge shame he didn't win, it's one of the finest performances I've ever seen. Hanks was very good, but Neeson was unforgettable.
Yes I meant his performance was worthy of an Oscar. I didn't know who won it to be honest.
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Old 26-08-2013, 11:16
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One of a handful of films I saw more than once at the cinema. Very well made. A favourite.
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Old 26-08-2013, 11:20
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Brillant film I remember seeing it and at the end you could have heard a pin drop in the cinema and people left stunned and shocked at what they had seen which was also a true story.

Doesnt matter about the Oscar in my mind Neeson won the Oscar anyway
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Old 28-08-2013, 17:58
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Great film. The scene at the end where (real) family members of survivors walk to his grave and leave a stone left me in tears.
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Old 28-08-2013, 23:05
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Id have to sit for a long time to think up words to even try to do this film justice.

All I will say is that, for many reasons, everyone should see it.
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Old 28-08-2013, 23:05
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Oh but this is Digital Spy. Someone will be along surely to piss all over it.

This movie is a complete masterpiece.
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Old 28-08-2013, 23:21
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Well-meaning, but Spielberg can't resist sugaring the pill, and often clumsy in its overt manipulation (i.e. the girl in the red coat - as if the audience wouldn't get it otherwise).

It's beautifully shot of course, but not the deeply moving experience intended. A sense of being arm-twisted lingers throughout.
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Old 28-08-2013, 23:27
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I love this film, the only things that annoy me are some of the super Hollywood Spielberg-isms, but apart from that it's flawless.
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Old 29-08-2013, 02:15
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Well-meaning, but Spielberg can't resist sugaring the pill, and often clumsy in its overt manipulation (i.e. the girl in the red coat - as if the audience wouldn't get it otherwise).

It's beautifully shot of course, but not the deeply moving experience intended. A sense of being arm-twisted lingers throughout.
See what I mean, OP?
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Old 29-08-2013, 04:25
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See what I mean, OP?
You forgot this -

btw - if you're implying a contrivance of opinion you're 100% wrong.
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Old 29-08-2013, 14:19
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Well-meaning, but Spielberg can't resist sugaring the pill, and often clumsy in its overt manipulation (i.e. the girl in the red coat - as if the audience wouldn't get it otherwise).

It's beautifully shot of course, but not the deeply moving experience intended. A sense of being arm-twisted lingers throughout.
The girl in the red coat is Thomas Keneally's invention, not Spielberg's. She is an important part of Schindler's Ark, the novel on which the film is based.
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Old 29-08-2013, 14:34
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The girl in the red coat is Thomas Keneally's invention, not Spielberg's. She is an important part of Schindler's Ark, the novel on which the film is based.
Indeed, but transferring that to film via spot colour (which rarely works in B/W) looks trite, forced and phoney.
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Old 29-08-2013, 14:40
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These two scenes make me go cold every time I watch them -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcyLRTB9fRY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjy8Z1hK2wY
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Old 29-08-2013, 14:58
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I think the "red coat girl" is fantastic, it makes the piles of bodies, which we sort of get blind too, suddenly take on real meaning when we see her red coat amongst all the bodies.

It's a fantastic film one of my top 10 if not top 5 but not one you watch too often.
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Old 29-08-2013, 16:08
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No, I can't watch it again and again. I have to make a special time to watch it. It's stunning on blu-ray
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Old 29-08-2013, 17:02
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Indeed, but transferring that to film via spot colour (which rarely works in B/W) looks trite, forced and phoney.
I can empathise with that view but it's a difficult scene to film in black and white. In the novel, the girl's scarlet cap and coat "compelled Schindler's interest because it made a statement, the way the argumentative shiftworker in Wegierska had"; Spielberg could perhaps have found another way to make the girl distinctive, but remember Schindler is looking down, without binoculars, and following her movement through crowded and chaotic streets. Leaving her out isn't an option because she creates a pivotal moment for Schindler: "He knew they had no shame, since the guard at the base of the column had not felt any need to stop the red child from seeing things. But, worst of all, if there was no shame, it meant there was official sanction."
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Old 29-08-2013, 21:13
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It has taken me 20 years to finally sit down and watch this masterpiece.

Now I consider myself a hardened man, but have a soft spot for WW2. At the end, with Liam Neeson's Oscar Winning performance when he breaks down, literally had me gasping for breath. I just want to take my hat off to a movie that should be recognised as the best ever made.
May i ask if the op or any other fm has seen 'the boy in the striped pyjamas',it is also a film concerning WW2 and i found it beautiful,awful,had me in tears.

I too thought Schindlers List was breathtaking,illustrating how inhuman the human condition can be. It is one of my favorite films also
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Old 29-08-2013, 22:00
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It's just a masterpiece in terms of acting and direction! It was so good!

My only gripe with it was that i felt that Oskar Schindler was playing a secondary character to Amon Goeth! But it was undoubtedly Liam Neeson's finest ever performance!

May i ask if the op or any other fm has seen 'the boy in the striped pyjamas',it is also a film concerning WW2 and i found it beautiful,awful,had me in tears.
That movie was incredible, powerful, harrowing and heartbreaking! By telling it through the eyes of an innocent naive boy just made it that much more sad!

The angry violent solider always made me jump and was simply terrifying and the ending even though i knew it was coming was still so shocking!
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Old 29-08-2013, 22:20
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May i ask if the op or any other fm has seen 'the boy in the striped pyjamas',it is also a film concerning WW2 and i found it beautiful,awful,had me in tears.

I too thought Schindlers List was breathtaking,illustrating how inhuman the human condition can be. It is one of my favorite films also
Yeah, seen this too, and Saving Private Ryan, that beach scene, unforgettable.

I got Schindlers List and Saving Private Ryan at Cex, they were a steal! Well worth it. I would love to see them on Blu-ray.
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Old 29-08-2013, 22:21
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May i ask if the op or any other fm has seen 'the boy in the striped pyjamas',it is also a film concerning WW2 and i found it beautiful,awful,had me in tears.

I too thought Schindlers List was breathtaking,illustrating how inhuman the human condition can be. It is one of my favorite films also
The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas is definitely the most moving film I have ever seen. It gave me a lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes. I think it may be the only time TV/Film has done that to me. The ending is so harrowing especially because it is based in fact.

Schindlers List, I need to see again. I've seen it a few times before but not for a while and cant remember the whole story but I know that I hold it as one of the greatest films.
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Old 29-08-2013, 23:48
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I still have not watched it from start to finish.
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Old 30-08-2013, 05:47
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May i ask if the op or any other fm has seen 'the boy in the striped pyjamas',it is also a film concerning WW2 and i found it beautiful,awful,had me in tears.

I too thought Schindlers List was breathtaking,illustrating how inhuman the human condition can be. It is one of my favorite films also
The ending is so heartbreaking

I've not seen Schindler's List since I saw it in school. Time for a rewatch.
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Old 30-08-2013, 14:41
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I can empathise with that view but it's a difficult scene to film in black and white. In the novel, the girl's scarlet cap and coat "compelled Schindler's interest because it made a statement, the way the argumentative shiftworker in Wegierska had"; Spielberg could perhaps have found another way to make the girl distinctive,
Agreed. A director of his supposed stature should certainly have found another way. But it does underline one of his recurring weaknesses - even in his most artistically intent pieces he falls prey to tricksy showiness. A knock-on from the early blockbusters that made his name perhaps, where it worked in the film's favour.
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