Schindler’s List Trivia

Here is some interesting trivia about Schindler’s List:

  • About 40% of the film was shot using a handheld camera.
  • There is a Jewish tradition that when one visits a grave, one leaves a small stone on the marker as a sign of respect. This is why the cast and the Schindlerjuden cover Schindler’s grave with stones at the end of the movie.
  • The film’s tagline “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire” is a quotation from the Talmud.
  • The only film released in the last quarter century to make it onto the American Film Institute’s top ten list of best American movies of all time.
  • Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006).
  • [June 2008] Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Epic”.
  • In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the 8 Greatest Movie of All Time.
  • Amon Goeth’s name is pronounced “Aimen Gert”. Ralph Fiennes said in an interview that one of the reasons he was interested in playing Amon was because both their names are spelled differently then they are pronounced.
  • During the liquidation scene, one man stops to remove something from the door post of his residence. What he removes is a Mezuzah, a case containing a passage from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), which Jews traditionally affix to the door frames of their houses as a constant reminder of God’s presence.
  • Ralph Fiennes put on 13kg by drinking Guinness for his role. Steven Spielberg cast him because of his “evil sexuality”.
  • During filming, Ben Kingsley, who played Itzhak Stern, kept a picture of Anne Frank, the young girl who died in a concentration camp and whose personal diary was published after the Holocaust, in his coat pocket.

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