by Barry Germansky

 

Schindler’s List (1993) is quite possibly the most philosophically significant dramatic narrative film ever made (and all doubt of the film’s supreme philosophical status is removed from my mind if I disregard the most philosophically significant films that have been greatly inspired by the Tanakh, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Cervantes, Poe, Freud, Wells, Einstein, Kafka, or Lovecraft). With this masterpiece, Spielberg became the first filmmaker to adequately address, triumphantly circumvent (especially in terms of bringing the film into existence), and at times even transcend the crisis of representation surrounding the Holocaust. Cinematic ontology would never be the same again.