Did Steven Spielberg accomplish his goals in the movie Schindler's List?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Spielberg did accomplish his goals in setting out to make a film based on Keneally's book.  Fundamentally, one of his goals was to see if he, as an artist, was mature enough in his craft to take a movie about the Holocaust, something of the magnitude of the book.  This was something that had been gnawing at Spielberg, whose primary credits were associated with massive money making ventures or films that were "light."  Spielberg's prior foray into the realm of profound and sensitive topics primarily centered on his film of Alice Walker's work, The Color Purple.  The film was largely received well, but it did not enhance Spielberg's stature as a film director who could take films on sensitive topics and the "artistic" endeavor.  At the same time, Spielberg felt compelled to develop Schindler's List in the wake of the Bosnian atrocities in the early 1990s and the rise of denying the Holocaust.  In both avenues, I think that Spielberg accomplished his purpose in that his work is a stunning refutation to those who would deny the Holocaust.  It is also a work of art that speaks quite passionately to the idea that the Holocaust cannot be ignored and forgotten.  In this, I think that Spielberg's goal was accomplished.

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