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Department
History of Art
Course
HISTART 5910
Professor
John Smith
Semester
Summer

Description
Schindler’s List Genre Analysis There is much ambiguity in regards to the genre of Schindler’s List. Some would argue that there is no one specific genre that can encompass all of the aspects of the film. In fact, the film can be classified under several genres. While mainly a historical drama, the film also falls under the subgenres of a war film, a black and white film, and a biopic. Most importantly, Schindler’s List is a fictional drama that is based on real life events. Just because a film is fictional does not mean that it is unrelated to reality. The events that take place in Schindler’s List are a representation of events that actually took place during World War II. Oskar Schindler was a real person who helped many people during the Nazi extermination of Jewish people. Even though the film is based on events that actually occurred, the events that occur in the film do not take place at the time of the actual events so the film remains classified as fictional. The film itself includes characters, speeches, and actions that are made-up. They are included to add entertainment value to the film while also filling in missing parts of the true story. The characters are portrayed by actors, so Oskar Schindler is not actually part of the film, but rather portrayed by Liam Neeson. However, not everything included in the film need be imaginary. Rather, history provides a context through which the fictional characters and actions can be interpreted. In order to classify Schindler’s List under any genre, one must first look at the themes present in the film. Above all, the film is a fictional drama that represents actual historical events but there are many themes present that allow it to be classified in different ways. One such theme is redemption, mainly the redemption of Oskar Schindler. Schindler is first depicted as a womanizer, an exploiter of slave labor, and a Nazi yet he still becomes the hero in the end. Another theme highly present is symbolism. The use of symbolism in Schindler’s List lends a great deal to the success of the movie. Some symbolic aspects of the film include the girl in the red dress, the road lined with Jewish headstones, and the piles of personal items left behind by Jewish families. The war film iconography can be seen in the battle-scarred landscapes, the brutal scenes of violence, and the large number of dead bodies. Schindler’s List is mainly a historical drama. It is classified as such based on the setting, the themes mentioned above, the mood, and the subject mat
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