In this link to a discussion of Schindler’s List, there is an analysis of the nightclub scene at the beginning of Schindler’s List . The author of the analysis feels that the scene serves many purposes, such as introducing Schindler’s name, face and Nazi SS contacts. In just over five minutes, it shows how Schindler successfully integrates himself into the Krakow military circle from being an unknown. It exposits the movie’s wartime setting and the attitude of the Nazis. It shows Schindler’s influential charisma and money. And it does all this with little dialogue, instead using composition, lighting, music, and other cinematic elements to understate the character.