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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

With Lincoln about to go out wide (it’s really good!) I figured why not feature another Spielberg period drama here in the BTS column, especially if the picture in question features Spielberg with the man most thought would end up as Lincoln.

So, here you go… Steven Spielberg and Liam Neeson on the set of Schindler’s List. Thanks to Nick Ramos for sending it along. Enjoy and click either to enlargen!



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  • Nov. 13, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    First, bitches.

    by Fah-Cue

    Deal with it.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    One of his best movies, if it weren't for that final scene.

    by Ironhelix

    It's still a great movie though.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Schindler's List today, and Fat Bastard tomorrow?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Now THAT's range.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Re: Spielberg Just Can't Resist That Last Button Press ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE COLOR PURPLE, the first and last five terrible minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, the last terrible ten minutes of A.I., that last groan-inducing shot in MUNICH -- I guess he figures that, if he's making a "serious" movie, he'd better at least get in one shameless push at your manipulation button. In my opinion, those obvious pushes are what prevent his "serious" movies from becoming "classic" movies. Had he shaved off just that awful framing device from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, it would have been the greatest war movie of all time. But, eh, what do I know? I'm sure Spielberg cries himself to sleep every night in a huge three-story bed made out of money and development deals over it.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    The movie that destroyed and gave birth to Spielberg

    by KnightShift

    The Steven Spielberg that a lot of us grew up on the movies of, no longer exists. He died during the production of Schindler's List. It hit me the other day just how much that movie changed him: prior to 1993 he was all crazy about making a Star Wars movie for his buddy Lucas. Then last week he said he wasn't interested. That it "wasn't his genre". The pre-1993 Spielberg would have absolutely pounced on Star Wars. The 2012 Spielberg... I don't know if he *could* take it on. And that's not a judgment against the man. Just an observation on his growth and evolution. He had grown as much as he could as a filmmaker up to that point. Jurassic Park was his zenith as a blockbuster filmmaker. Schindler's List was when he grew up. And it was NOT a pleasant experience for the man. During filming at Auschwitz he came across a puddle of debris and curious he put his hand into it. Then realized with horror that it was a pit of bone and human ash. That was when the Spielberg many of us grew up with died. And the moment that Steven Spielberg the ARTIST was born. He has only gotten better with age. In 1989 I met Spielberg. It was at a Boy Scout event. It was really something, watching him bounce around like a big kid talking about all the "cool stuff" coming out soon in Back to the Future Part II, peppering his speech with "ya know". A kid playing with toys (albeit some very 'spensive ones) and having the time of his life. That Spielberg died a few years later. I know folks who've met him in the past ten or fifteen years and the word most used to describe him has been "haunted". Spielberg has recovered, no doubt about it. But the scars are there, will be there for the rest of his life. But it also says something about his strength as a person that his scars have made him *better* as a filmmaker. This movie is now and will always be a fascinating study in the evolution of an individual, both as artist and person as a whole.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    @armageddonproductions : Nailed it.

    by justmyluck

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Knightshift: People fucking forget directors..

    by Player01

    ...are human too. Auschwitz. I cannot begin to tell you the visions that single word conjures in my mind. I cannot begin to fathom making a movie about this kind of horror. Just going into preproduction, then going home for dinner with my family. Fuck that.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I think I'd take DDL anyday over Neeson for Lincoln, BUT...

    by Saltboy was interesting to see how much Benjamin Walker (Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter) resembles Neeson.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I was moved by this movie...until...

    by The Bear

    The final scene of Schindler blubbering on about how he could have save more, could have sold this or that to save more people...sorry, but it was overacted and badly written. Pulled me right out of the movie. Yuck.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    player01 re: the Auschwitz filming

    by KnightShift

    When it came time to shoot the scene where Schindler's female workers, the ones who had been transported to Auschwitz, were in the shower... ...when the lights went out, what happens next wasn't scripted. Those screams aren't rehearsed. Those are as real as any that ever came out of that room. The moment the place went dark, the women went stark raving screaming with horror. Knowing where they were, to be in *that* place, in total darkness... Dear God. Had a history professor in college who one day asked us "Why are you all majoring in history? One day you will find yourself awake at 3 in the morning, the only sounds you'll hear are the breaths of your spouse and the beating of your heart and the only thoughts in your head will be ALL the horrors that humanity can inflict upon itself. Why would any of you want that?!" Why, indeed. Had a good friend who passed away a few years ago. He fought in World War II, in Europe. He brought back some "souvenirs" with the blessing of his immediate officer, some dude named Patton. Only recently did I learn that not a mile from my house all this time had been sitting a set of fine dinnerware that had belonged to Hermann Goering. One of the principle engineers of the Thousand Year Reich, what was claimed to be the greatest empire in the history of mankind. And his dinner plates and silverware end up in possession of a farmer in North Carolina. Yes, there is horror. There is also triumph, sometimes in the most surprising of ways. Never forget the horror. Never forget what humanity in the absence of moral restraint can do to itself. Never forget either that in spite of ourselves, we seem to triumph more often than not. If that is why Spielberg is fond of "sappy endings" well... can't really say that I could blame the guy.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    The high water mark for the Berg

    by disfigurehead

    After he got his Oscar, fuck it.

  • inflicts upon itself. The world that we already live in, is filled with all the horrors that humankind can produce. The problem is that nowadays all these horrors are hidden under marketing names such as =war at terrorism= or =holy war against the infidels= or =world economic crisis= and so on.

  • that were executed in thousands in the concentration camps during WW2? haven't seen any of those.

  • that were executed in thousands in the concentration camps during WW2? haven't seen any of those.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Well said Knightshift

    by jpwishbone

    I remember seeing this movie for the first time. It had in interval in the middle. What struck me was that during the interval, most people were sobbing. Then at the end of the film the whole audience sat there in silence. Nobody got up to leave for what seemed like an age. This film took us out of our comfortable lives and made us sit up and realise for the first time the true horror of what ordinary people endured during that period of history. Thankyou Speilberg for this necessary experience. We don't want it in every film, but for this film it was right.

  • It was a bit stagey, and not completely successful, but was still an interesting film and story, based on a (superior) stage play. The film starred Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellan, and Mick Jagger, with appearances by the likes of Jude Law, Rupert Graves, Paul Bettany, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. It also seems to be one of those adaptations that pretty much vanished as soon as it appeared, despite the cast line up.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    People have a problem with the end?

    by Last_of_the_Emurites

    Why do so many people all of a sudden have a problem with the end of the film? How could you NOT be moved by Liam Neeson's performance? It is realistic, heartfelt, and heartbreaking. What's with the hate for that powerful scene?

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    John Williams

    by Geoff

    I can't remember exactly when it started, but for one act of the film, the music starts off slow and quiet and lasts for about 20 minutes and then it all comes to a stirring end. Possibly my fave score of his.....ever. Except maybe for the imperial march from empire.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:55 a.m. CST

    The End Actually Happened

    by Harrigan

    It was a word for word recreation of what Schindler was documented as saying

  • And if you think that scene is powerful, well nothing's going to change that and your question is a rhetorical one.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by Geoff

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    @ harrigan: First I've heard of that. What's your source?

    by justmyluck

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by Geoff

    Was amazing in this too. Puts hand on shoulder and says you're forgiven. Awesome stuff.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    It warms my heart to see that almost everybody on here

    by gerry derboven

    approached this subject with the respect it deserves. This is such a dark period in our recent history , it can never be forgotten Spielberg is my numero uno director and like knightshift correctly stated, although i wouldn't use the morbid terminology, Spielberg metamorphosised into a different director. His shift in vision is clear in most of his output after Schindler's List, his use of washed out colors, his subject matter and the lack of the naivity that made his earlier films so emotional. Still, TinTin shone with the brilliance of "old Spielberg" sometimes so I cannot believe that those old reflexes are all gone. Schindler's List is a gut punch of a movie and whoever is untouched by what is shown on screen is dead inside. Even with the sentimental ending, this movie is the ultimate statement of an accomplished director about the horrors of the concentration camps.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    harrigan - I read the book, and from what Keneally wrote - it didn't.

    by irishraidersfan

    He might have thought it, and said as much in an interview, but it did not happen like that. Besides, real life isn't that maudlin.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Re: Space-Jesus

    by noel

    But a film like this allows us to forget what really happened, and instills a cozy Hollywood-style collective memory of the event for today's generation. I'm with Godard on this one. However, the music is great.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    @ mr claudelacombe

    by gerry derboven

    Hmmm, "cozy"? I understand your (or Godard's) sentiment somewhat that this is a Hollywoodisation of a particular account , which is inherently subjective, but this isn't a documentary like Claude Lanzmann's 'Shoah'; this is a dramatization of a biography. If you take the 'reality' approach, you won't reach as much of the todays audience as you would with a movie that expertly uses dramatic mechanics and clever photography to convey it's message. if you consider Schindler's List as a cosy and unfaithful retelling of the events then i shudder to think what you would prefer what is shown on screen. I'm not a kamp survivor and I really don't know if you are but i don't pretend to even begin to understand what those people have gone through. But there is a medium for that: a documentary. If you want to be touched by a movie and get stimulated to think about it, it's something a younger audience will do more easily with the Spielberg approach, in my humble opinion. Your final comment about the music : this is maybe what makes the movie ultimately so moving. There wasn't any Itzhak Perlman or Yo-Yo Ma to accompany the death throes of those poor people in Auschwitz. Let movies be movies and documetaries be documentaries and books be books. Each have their strenghts and place. But i appreciate your point of view.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    The most powerful experience of my life.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    This film haunted me for a long time. I was involved in a longterm(for a 17 year old) relationship for over a year. We were in love and she was intelligent and beautiful. When we walked out of this film she looked at me and said "Well that was over-rated." I looked at her and said nothing. I pondered it for a few days and then broke it off. People can disagree sure, but that one really stuck. I have never regretted it. That's the first and last time a movie affected my life so deeply.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    @nomoredirtyanything Apparently...

    by Clavius

    ...she wasn't THAT intelligent. Good move on your part, I would've done the same.

  • Fucking Really? The last five minutes, hell all of it was amazing. But, this is the new internet thing to do is bash movies that are universally considered to be classics if not art.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    cavejohnson re: other victims of Holocaust on film

    by KnightShift

    Only thing that readily comes to mind is The Grey Zone (directed by Tim Blake Nelson). About the Sonderkommando unit that began the insurrection at Auschwitz in late 1944. In the film there are women imprisoned for being lesbians. Otherwise, can't really think of any at the moment which feature non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Still a VERY good film (featuring among others Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel).

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    harrigan and irishraidersfan Re: real-life Schindler

    by KnightShift

    When Schindler and his wife drove away from the factory, there was a fortune in jewels hidden in the roof of their car. So *that* particular aspect of Schindler's List the film was inaccurate. Then there is the story of after the war, when many of the Jews that Schindler rescued helped to set Oskar and Emilie up on a plantation in Argentina. Emilie became pregnant. Unfortunately there were complications and the doctors had to induce coma. When Emilie Schindler finally woke up, she discovered (a) that the child was stillborn and (b) Oskar standing by her bedside with a mistress on either side of him.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by beamish13

    Sophie's Choice and Bent come to mind

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen it a second time.

    by Nice Marmot

    And I swear, every time I get the urge to revisit, it's fear that holds me back. I know that sounds totally lame, just being honest. It just felt that horrible to me all those years ago. I'll save whatever bravery I have for meeting horror face to face.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Shindler's List 2: Now in the making

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    The 5 minute Button - Empire of the Sun

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Spielberg took a critical and financial pounding with Empire of the Sun, and now he makes sure everyone knows what he's up to. Amazing essay on Empire of the Sun here:

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    For all those who think JJ Abrams is the new Spielberg...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Just watch Schindler's List and then shut the fuck up forever.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    knightshift - don't doubt it - was just doubting Harrigan :)

    by irishraidersfan

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    shutupfanboy - not bashing it, just commenting that the last 5 minutes...

    by irishraidersfan

    ... feel out of place and a bit maudlin. Otherwise, outstanding. Nothing is perfect.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    The absolute WORST last-five-minutes of Spielberg is...

    by UncleScrooge

    Jurassic Park - The Lost World! Dinosaurs in San Diego!?!?!? Stupid and ridiculous!!! The best is on the extras on the DVD when they interview everyone working on the film. They all say....."and then Steven came in with this idea for the end of the movie and.....well.....he's Steven, so that's the way we ended the movie." He needs to get rid of all the 'yes-men' around him and get some perspective.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Thank you kwisatzhaderach

    by one9deuce

    That's exactly right. I've liked every one of JJ Abrams films. Liked them a lot actually. But he isn't even close to Spielberg's level. Steven Spielberg is a true artist and a true original. JJ Abrams has gotten pretty good at making a facsimile of the crowd pleasing film formula. But it's never art, it's a product. Big difference.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    He who saves one life saves the world.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The Lost World climax...

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    At least has one great moment...the T-Rex in the backyard, and the parents bickering. Almost wish they could have made a movie out of that premise alone.

  • You know you're a great filmmaker when THAT'S the only major criticism that the Internet breed can muster up. As if a calculated downer, cliffhanger, action scene, or open ending is any less manipulative (Or unrealistic). You guys must hate Hitchcock...

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    This was a powerful theater experience!

    by ufoclub1977

    Saw it quite a few times back then in the theater.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    This film kicked me in the nuts like no other film

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    It was my favourite film until LOTR took that spot. The first time I watched the shower scene had me screaming at the tv going NOOOO! Then when the water came on, I was sobbing as much as the women there. Virtually no other film has ever had that reaction on me.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Schindler's List 2: Electric Jewgaloo?

    by CountOrlok

    Boogajew, maybe?

  • And I think a case might be made that most if not all directors are manipulative in SOME way, but I digress...this was and still is a tremendously powerful film, if/and a bit of a rough watch overall.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    You guys trip me out

    by Monroville

    Alllll this praise to Spielburg and this film and all the malarky about horror and triumph... and you vote for Obama. Not that Romney would have changed much (it's like the line from BULWORTH: I don't know why we're fighting so much... it's not like we're NOT funded by the same rich white men), but are people so willingly blind to the past 4 to 6 years that they can no longer make rational judgements? All your bullshit about patriotism and heroism and you usher in the very shit you say is evil and destructive. I can't say I would disagree with you on Bush, but when your own man and side is expanding the very things that drove you to speak of torturing and killing Bush (regardless on whether he deserved it or not)... the point is not that you shouldn't have said those things about Bush... is that you WON'T say them about your own when they do the same things. Hell, when it comes to just this film, you could replace Jews with Christians during Rome or the unborn NOW and you'd flip on a dime about how "great" this film is. (Sigh) You know what? Not a problem. I've always said that Americans deserve what they get, and they will get what they deserve. There is an actual part of me that is looking forward to the dollar's collapse, gas doubling the next 2 to 3 years, businesses collapsing because they can't or won't comply to Obamacare (among many things), democrats especially flaunting their corruption in the faces of the masses and getting away with it because they know all they have to do is steal from the masses and bribe them with their own money... Ben Franklin and a lot of others saw this coming 150+ years ago.. frankly, I think they would have been surprised we lasted as long as we did. Regardless, you guys keep desperately trying to convince others and yourselves that you give a shit about things like honor or morality, much less that anything in SCHINDLER'S LIST actually means much. Here is another perspective on why Spielburg overbakes the beginning's and/or endings: maybe he's trying to convince himself that he really cares about the subject matter he is filming, and it's not so much to try to batter down the audience into an emotional mess, but that when you are the man behind the curtain your own movies just don't have the impact you want them to have "for yourself" (since you know how it was made) and thus the point is driven in with a sledgehammer because that's the only way Steve can get anything emotional out of his own films anymore.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    RE: monroville

    by Baragon

    This is a talkback about Shindlers List not a talkback about how your Billionaire mormon didn't get into the White House. Maybe if the Republican party jettisoned the fruitloops it's picked up since Reagan started courting them then they wouldn't be such laughing stocks. For any party to count as members men who try to legitimize rape or think that it's ok for the police to start detaining people they think are illegal aliens is not a party I want representing my country.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    monroville re: political crap

    by KnightShift

    To be perfectly honest, I didn't vote for anybody for President this time.

  • And a powerful film it was. Particularly for those of us who had family either in the death camps themselves or Stallin's Siberian variant (as my relatives were, though they were lucky enough that great grandma was part of a royal bloodline of some sort and so was spared even though she had dark hair and decidedly non-aryan features) ... we were lucky enough to not have seen it. To not have been there. All I have are stories from my ancestors who were there. But to make a film about it, to go there, to see the damage that was done, to see the belongings of those who believed they were merely going or a shower and never returned, even including the shoes of little 4 year old girls and boys who never had a chance, the ash, the see the scratch marks on the walls of the gas chambers.... and then to reenact it all...yeah. I can see how that would forever change a man. It is NOT a fun movie to watch. it is not entertainment. It wasn't meant to be. It's disturbing. Deeply disturbing. Because it is so much more than a film. It is the story of those who were murdered, all because millions upon millions were willing and ready to follow orders - people are so quick to blame Hitler, but are quick as well to forget that it was the millions who followed him who made it all possible. Many WILLINGLY committed acts far more heinous than anything even Hitler ordered. All out of a hatred born from childhood indoctrination. This is why world war 2 was the last truly great war. If war can be called "great". I should was a great cause. It wasn't about something so simple as territory, or oil, or a few acts of terrorism, but about preserving humanity itself from becoming some demonic shadow of what it was. And it would have been, had Germany won the war and countless tens, even hundreds of millions around the world were butchered. I have the uptmost respect for Spielberg for pulling no punches with the film and for making a film he knew was not going to be popular, or a huge box office draw necessariliy, or even enjoyable to watch. He made it because it HAD to be made. It is a story that is absolutely imperative to tell.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Primo Levi

    by KGersen

    I would highly recommend his book 'If This Is A Man' regarding his experiences of being an Italian Jew who spent time in Auschwitz. Will change you.

  • Really looking forward to this

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Re:monroville - bravo sir - bravo

    by HoLottaMo