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the schindler's sequence with the girl in the red coat highlights
the irresponsibility of the film... spielberg uses color to make her
seem more real/alive/human, to strike her in the heart of
schindler and the audience.  of course, he does this in contrast to
all the black and white (read unreal) people dying to her side, both
in that scene and the entire film.  why the black and white steve?
to place it in the past, to distance us from the guilt of unnoticed genocide.
and the other color in the film?  color at the end as "schindler's jews"
pay their respects, putting stones on the closed lid of the man's coffin.
a beautiful world spielberg paints there, all in glowing color, where the
doves of peace fly through europe once again, free from the shackles
of black and white misery, war, and hatred.
preferable ending would have been showing one of the the still surviving
nazis, sitting in his living room in middle america, drinking beer and
watching television.
 
two cents
denis hennelly
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