Few films of the modern age of cinema are as poignant as the 1993 historical biopic Schindler’s List. With legendary director Steven Spielberg at the helm, the film captured the true pain and horror of the Holocaust. Irish actor Liam Neeson played the role of Oskar Schindler in his mission to free the Jewish people from the hands of the Nazis – ultimately garnering scores of awards and plaudits ever since its release. However, despite its huge reputation, some stones remain unturned. And the facts will give you a greater appreciation for this challenging but necessary piece of artistic work.
20. Not about the money
Director Spielberg refused to make any earnings at all from Schindler’s List. The legendary filmmaker deemed the proceeds to be “blood money,” and he refused to pocket them but donated them to a Shoah foundation set up in remembrance of the Holocaust by none other than Spielberg himself.
19. Landing the job in peculiar fashion
One thing that makes this challenging motion picture even more poignant is just how close to reality it is. This was highlighted on various occasions during the making of the movie (as you’ll see later on). But one thing that really stands out is producer Branko Lustig’s reason for getting the job. The Croatian revealed the tattoo that had been stamped on his arm at Auschwitz, and Spielberg was so moved that he hired him.