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Steven Spielberg and the success of Schindler's List

Do you want to know the success of Steven Spielberg's film soundtracks? Don't miss it in the post!

Who is Steven Spielberg?

The director, screenwriter and film producer, Steven Allan Spielberg, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1946, and is considered one of the pioneers of the era of New Hollywood, alongside Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Brian de Palma. Because of his work, he is one of the most recognized and popular directors in the film industry worldwide.

The eclecticism of his films has led him to deal with very diverse themes and genres. His first science fiction films, such as Shark (1975), Encounters in the third phase (1977), the franchise Indiana Jones and ET the alien (1982) are considered archetypes of modern Hollywood escape cinema.

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Later, he addressed more humanist topics such as the slave trade, the Holocaust, civil rights and terrorism. Something that happens in movies like The color Purple (1985), The Sun's empire (1987), Shindler's List (1993), Friendship (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Munich (2005), Warhorse (2011), Lincoln (2012) or The bridge of spies (2015). The director has written his name in the history of cinema, and therefore, we are going to review the career of Steven Spielberg and the success of Shindler's List.

Films by director Steven Allan Spielberg

If we do a chronological review of the films directed by Spielberg, among the most notable in terms of success and cinematographic quality, we must stop first at Jaws (1975). After more series and movies underground, as The devil on wheels (1971), this script, written by Peter Benchley, based on his own novel, in the hands of Spielberg became a box office bomb, changing film marketing and creating the concept (sometimes so maligned) of blockbuster summer. This mixture of manners and gothic horror took up the baton of Ford, Walsh and Hawks and was the most successful film in cinema, until two years later the founding film arrived. Star Wars.

In the same year that the galactic saga film was released, the director put it in theaters Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which included the ufological imagery so in vogue in that decade. His flair for attracting millions of people to the cinemas saved Columbia from bankruptcy and elevated the director to a status above the rest. The spirituality of his images speak for themselves.

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After new success with the legendary ET the alien Spielberg gave his themes a twist with The color purple (1985), dealing with the liberation from slavery, in his case among people of color, creating, on a literary level, interesting relationships of dependency. The liberation of the protagonist woman is carried out step by step throughout the film, thanks to her desire for reading. Thus, she travels to other places and countries, to feel the power of knowledge, which her abusive husband does not have. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The color Purple, by Alice Walter.

Two years later, the director enters the cinematographic imaginary of the Second World War and the Nazi regime, themes to which he would later return, with The Sun's empire (1987). Influenced by films like The bridge over the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957), this film has all the ingredients of Spielberg, his tour de force melodramatic scenes, emotional manipulation and unquestionable beauty in every scene.

Come 1993, he released two important films, Jurassic Park on the one hand, and possibly his most rounded film, Schindler's List. The one from Ohio carried out this project after legendary filmmakers like Billy Wilder, Roman Polanski and Martin Scorsese abandoned him. The filmmaker made the incontrovertible decision to film the Holocaust in black and white, a totally correct decision. This film portrays horror through the eyes of a child, amazed by the human being's capacity for cruelty and destruction, in what is surely the best representation of the antihero in the history of cinema.

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It is interesting and paradoxical that the director who recovered the fantasy and adventure cinema of the 70s, which seemed to be exhausted, moves like a fish in water in social dramas. With Friendship (1997), took up the theme of slavery set in the 19th century, with a mutiny on a ship that takes them back to Africa. This film, of lower quality and public success, did revive the debate about historical cinema, freedom and the injustices committed from that perspective and look towards the past.

With Saving Private Ryan (1998), Spielberg returns to the theme of World War II and, as he did in Shark, changes the history of special effects. This blockbuster, far from style made in hollywood, is shot in documentary style, with a shoulder-held camera and a color treatment close to black and white, even with image grain, just as happened with analogue cinema. The main proposal of this demystification of the legendary landing of the Allies in Normandy is to avoid the Manichean cliché of 'war exploits'.

On the other hand, with Munich (2005) takes up another of its recurring themes, which is the 'world of the Jews', this time from the point of view of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Set in the 1970s and based on real events, it portrays the terrorist attack that ended with the murder of several Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. "It's easy to look back with what we know now, but it's not that easy. to see these events as they were seen at that time,” declared the director when asked about his then most recent film in theaters.

If we look at his latest notable films, we have to quote Warhorse (2011), in which he deals with a topic as controversial as the friendship between a man and a horse; Lincoln (2012), in which he accepted the challenge of making a historical portrait of the mythical president; and The bridge of spies (2015), in which he reunites with one of his favorite actors, Tom Hanks, to once again take up the historical theme around the Berlin Wall.

Schindler's List performed by the Film Symphony Orchestra

One of the best ways to get closer to Steven Spielberg's filmography, after watching his films, is without a doubt to enjoy the movie soundtracks in concert. To do this, there is no better option than to delight in the works performed by the Film Symphony Orchestra, which has us accustomed to experiencing the best live music in Madrid.

The current Krypton tour, on which the FSO is embarking, we can attend an impressive musical show inspired by the heroes and superheroes of film history. You can't miss the most emblematic musical themes from films like Superman, The Last of the Mohicans, Spiderman, Conan the Barbarian, Iron Man, Braveheart, The Dark Knight, Robin Hood, Captain America or The Incredibles, among many. The next dates are Madrid, Burgos and Valladolid.

Schindler's List Awards

The American director's film is based on the historical fiction novel Shindler's Ark, written by Thomas Keneally, and winner of a Booker Prize in 1982. The premiere of Schindler's List in Spain, it was produced on March 4, 1994, and from that moment on it became one of the best films in the history of cinema.

The production won a total of seven Oscar awards, for best film; for the best direction, the best soundtrack, the best adapted script, the best production design, the best editing and the best photography.

For all these reasons, we wanted to highlight the success of Schindler's List, considered by many to be one of the best films in the history of cinema, which was also a public success that grossed $321.2 million worldwide. A success that it shares with the Film Symphony Orchestra, the most versatile and interesting musical formation for the dissemination of film music, which has been touring nationally and internationally for many years, with the greatest hits of the seventh art.

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