By Annabel Lee
As Itzhak Perlman’s violin tugs on the heart strings of any feeling human being, the story of Oscar Schindler comes alive and tells us of unparalleled humanism and compassion, testifying yet again of the goodness of people in the face of atrocities.
The movie, based on Thomas Keneally’s historical book Schindler’s Ark, one of Steven Spielberg’s masterpieces, for which he received both Best Director and Best Movie Academy Awards, was a collaborative effort by many talented people. And one of these people without whom this project could not have been realized was the American-Armenian screenwriter Steven Ernest Bernard Zallian.
Zallian’s screenplay is powerful and touching, without ever becoming melodramatic. It tells a story of real people in a real situation, and this realism of the whole picture is what leaves that indelible impression on anyone who has ever seen it.
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