14. Analysing opening sequence Schindler´s list

While I had my own views and expectations on what a film about the Holocaust would entail, the more I watched of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, the more I seemed to find myself constructed as the implied reader of the text. My expectations and the meanings I made throughout the film seemed to be shaped by an ideology that matched my own. My cultural understandings of religion and ethnicity ensured that I felt sympathy towards the Jews suffering because of their religious and racial background. My dominant reading of the text was based upon my cultural assumption that everyone is equal and that humanity should strive to protect its more vulnerable members.

From my understanding of this genre, I could already tell from the beginning that this was going to be a very sad film. The use of symbolism alerted me to this. I found the film’s use of names and lists to be among its most potent motifs. These seemingly normal things took on an all new sinister meaning from what I was used to through my own experiences in life. The black and white colouring made me feel as though all light had gone out of the world, and that it was being slowly suffocated by horror and despair. It was the first movie about 2nd world war I have seen in Black and White and I have to say I was amazed about it and how is made , it did have a huge impact on me.

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