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When studying Schindler's List you need to appreciate the way the film has been constructed and the decisions that Spielberg made as the film's director. You must also remember that the film is a text like any other Year 12 text in terms of plot, setting, narrative, characterisation, themes etc.
You need to be able to show understanding of how meaning is conveyed and how Spielberg has selected certain techniques in order to enhance dramatic effect and meaning.
Key filmic elements to focus on in Schindler's List include:
- Black and white photography
- Hand-held camera shots
- Positioning of the viewer by the camera so as to take in a particular perspective
- Juxtaposition of scenes (sequencing)
- Links between scenes eg. fading
- Recurring musical themes and overlays
- Recurring visual images eg. smoke, lists, candles, the girl in the red coat.
- Historical representation of events with the aim of authenticity
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