Ep. 32 - John Williams' 'Schindler's List' (4K HDR)
John Williams • Biography, Drama, History, Music, 25-Jan-2021
Considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, "Schindler's List" was nominated for twelve Academy Awards including Best Original Score. Williams ended up winning the Academy Award, in addition to a BAFTA, Grammy, and Golden Globe. The film won numerous other awards including seven BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes, and was designated as 'culturally, historically or aesthetically significant' by the Library of Congress in 2004 and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
If you have seen the film, you understand its significance - not only with the subject matter, but how distinct and unforgettable the music is. Many believe it is one of the most recognized contemporary film scores, particularly the violin solo performed by Itzhak Perlman.
This scene comes near the end of the film, when Schindler is about to leave his factory prior to the advance of the Red Army. In this clip we see a multitude of human emotion - fear, pain, shame, tenderness, and hope. The workers give Schindler a ring with a Talmudic quotation: "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire". This scene in particular, and the emotion that goes with it, is completely captured within the music and accentuated with Perlman's violin solo. Calling it masterful, or even genius, is an understatement. It touches the soul.
Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/schindlers-list/
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