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Old 03-23-2020, 12:23 AM
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What was your experience seeing Schindlerís List at the cinema?


I never saw Schindlerís List at the cinema and I think it would have been odd. Itís a great film, one of the best ever made. But, it would seem weird to me to be watching it around people I didnít know. And, Iíd think it would be really hard to sit there and munch on popcorn while watching the inhumanity and cold blooded murder that I know was real.

I had no problem enjoying films like Friday the 13th or Halloween, I know theyíre not real even when I see Jason killing all teens, it never really affected me.

Anyway, what was your experience seeing Schindlerís List at the theatre?
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:28 AM
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You don't have to munch popcorn during a movie, if it bothers you. Otherwise I'm not quite sure why you think this would have been a problem.

I saw Schindler's List in a theater, and as I have been to movies in the theater before, I tended to forget there were other people around. I wasn't sobbing my heart out because I generally don't do that sort of thing, in public or private. If a discreet tear or two went down my cheeks, it wouldn't have embarrassed me if someone noticed.

Was that what you were talking about? Are you uncomfortable having emotions with other people around?
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:20 AM
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I saw it with a very dear friend. Don't remember anything about the audience.

I remember driving home late, by myself, in a rag top jeep. A very cold and snowy night on empty mountain roads. It was cold in many ways.
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:28 AM
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I saw it with my sister. Very sobering. There was some sort of high school or Church group there and they weren't affected by it at all. I remember that they were either talking about how the Holocaust wasn't real or the Death Camps were an exaggeration.
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:47 AM
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I found it a bit overwrought, obvious, manipulative and tedious, and the ending was typical Spielberg Hollywood, like SPR. I think Spielberg takes all the emotional capital the main part of his movies create, and squanders it on oddly-toned endings.

Mind you, the Holocaust makes me mad, makes me sad. This movie, however, did not. As one person famously said about a different movie, it insists upon itself.
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I saw it with my mother, soon after it first came out. We are Ashkenazi Jews; my father lost most of his relatives in the Holocaust. (That's not why he wasn't with us; he had died several years previously.)

We thought it was pretty well done; though there were a couple of probably unrealistic bits.

I don't remember the reaction of other people in the theater. I think it was pretty quiet in there. I don't think we, personally, were eating popcorn, or anything else.
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Old 03-23-2020, 11:32 AM
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Saw it in the theater but I don't recall what the rest of the audience's response was. Mine was profound sadness.

What I'm glad I saw at home rather than the theater was Shoah. It didn't even have any horrible images, just interviews and a couple of the camps as they are now, but when we did see it at home he had to stop several times and do something else for a while. It wasn't due to the length.

It's at the very top of my glad I saw it -- never again list.
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Intervals of shocked silence and bawling my eyes out.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:58 PM
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I saw it in the theatre and still remember several people walking out.

It was shocking and left a big impact on me. I can still clearly remember scenes from it and that isn't something I tend to do often.
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As intended by the director, the image of the little girl in the red coat is among the most haunting for me. The person I was with broke down crying, outside after the movie, asking me if it was all really like that, mostly in disbelief. I mean, I wasn't there, obviously. But it's the story of my own family, many of whom did not survive.
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I watched it with my spouse. The theater was very quiet. When it was over, I remember everyone leaving in kind of a daze. It was an overcast, foggy night, and we weren't the only ones walking slowly out to our cars.

The movie had a huge impact on me.

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I knew of Schindler before the movie. It still had a strong impact on me. I thought it was exceptionally well done. Couldn’t tell you if there were 5 or 55 other people in the theatre, not even back then.
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I saw it first in a theater by myself, and a second time about a month later, also in a theater, but with two friends. I don't remember any real difference.

In 1994 watching movies in theaters was more common. Consequently, interaction with other audience members was less common.

The thread title made me think of the patient of Dr. Katz who said he had recently seen Schindler's List, adding, "To be honest--I didn't think it was that funny". To which the doctor replies, "Where were you sitting?"
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I kept waiting for the velociraptors to show up.
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I was a film projectionist, and saw it the week it opened at a Boston theater. Afternoon show, sold out or nearly so.

As I tended to see everything from a projectionist's point of view, I was annoyed that it seemed to go out of focus from time to time. Later on, we got it at our cinema and found that the emulsion on the black and white print was shedding, which not only caused build-up in the film gate which explained the focus problem, but the film would get very dirty and need to be cleaned quite often. (This affected other b&w prints from the era - Go Fish, Shadows and Fog, etc. It was the dawn of polyester-base release prints, and there were problems which I think have since been addressed.)

Okay, you asked. I thought it was a good film, but was too distracted by technical problems to really get into it.

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What I remember most is that my mailman neighbor (who was a real jerk) saw me making out with my girlfriend and told my parents about it, which horrified them. It was just one of several improbably wacky things that all happened around the same time.
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What I remember most is that my mailman neighbor (who was a real jerk) saw me making out with my girlfriend and told my parents about it, which horrified them. It was just one of several improbably wacky things that all happened around the same time.
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What I remember most is that my mailman neighbor (who was a real jerk) saw me making out with my girlfriend and told my parents about it, which horrified them. It was just one of several improbably wacky things that all happened around the same time.
Ahh, was it your "buxom little friend Rachel"?

That's what I thought of immediately upon seeing the thread title...
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I saw it on an afternoon, by myself (the wife wasn't interested), and noted to myself that "hey - it's in black and white". That's no problem, but when some color showed up (the candle flames and the girl's red dress, right?), I'm impressed by the juxtaposition. Later I saw it on HBO or someplace, an was surprised again that the first scene was indeed in color. I had somehow got there a few minutes late, not realizing that color had changed to B&W to symbolize the horrors.

It was a quiet car ride home by myself.
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Ahh, was it your "buxom little friend Rachel"?

That's what I thought of immediately upon seeing the thread title...
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I remember wondering, when the movie would be on television, what would be cut.

When shown on network TV Goodyear sponsored it, with one short intermission, no commercials. Spielberg said he wouldn't tell people what they should or shouldn't let young kids see, but that his own elementary age kids hadn't seen it.

And not a scene was cut.
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Some of the greatest movies I've ever seen, I never wanted to see them a second time. This is one, Gandhi is another.
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Some of the greatest movies I've ever seen, I never wanted to see them a second time. This is one, Gandhi is another.
Interesting. I watched Ghandi in high school, since World History class wasnít supposed to be just Western Europe. Iím sure it has nothing to do with the teacher being involved in track and field state championships at the time.

Watched it again a few years ago, it was fine but just came off as such a Very Important Movie. Probably will never watch it again.

Iíll return to Schindlerís List again. Seen it 3 times.
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We saw it in a theater when it first came out. It's the only movie in which I was completely unaware of the people around me, even my husband. We just sat there and watched, silently. And when the movie was over and the credits showed, not one person left. Everyone sat there quietly until the credits were over, then silently got up and walked out.

I was raised Jewish, and was familiar with the story. But my husband, raised Muslim, wasn't aware until the end that it was a true story.

And oh yeah, the little girl in the pink coat. {shudder}
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