Schindler's Legacy

The DVD of the Spielberg Holocaust drama keeps up its hero's good work

Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ couldn't seem farther apart. Gibson's film is accused of fanning hatred against the Jews; Spielberg's, which won the Best Picture Oscar and six others in 1994, dramatizes the toxic effects of that hatred, and the ability of one man--the gentile factory owner Oskar Schindler--to save 1,200 Jews in Poland during the Nazi Occupation. The two movies are kin, though, as serious, violent historical dramas made against great odds--and as personal testaments that, their directors have said, transformed them as artists and men. On the new DVD of Schindler's List...

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