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Schindler's List Reunion Event
by Karen Pecota

It's been twenty-five years since the debut of Steven Spielberg's 1993 Holocaust masterpiece Schindler’s List (nominated for twelve Oscars and winner of seven Oscars at the following Academy Awards Ceremony). TriBeCa Film Festival 2018 featured two films under their Reunion Showcase: Schindler's List celebrates its 25th Anniversary and Scarface celebrates its 35th year since their initial screenings.

My colleague, Kathryn Loggins and I shared a memorable evening at New York's Beacon Theater to screen the three-hour-long film of Schindler's List and after the film listening to an on-stage conversation with the Director Steven Spielberg, with Actors Liam Neeson (Oscar Schindler), Sir Ben Kingsley (Itzhak Stern), Caroline Goodall (Emilie Schindler) and Embeth Davidtz (Helen Hirsch) moderated by film critic and journalist Janet Maslin.

Spielberg and the attending reunion cast watched the movie in its entirety along with a full-house of film enthusiasts from all generations. Spielberg mentions at the beginning of the on-stage conversation that he had not screened the film with an audience in 25 years since the premieres in Germany, Kraków and Austria. He says, "25 years feels like 5 years ago." He adds, "I haven't felt the same kind of pride, satisfaction or sense of real meaningful accomplishment since Schindler's List. I am so very proud."

The reunion cast looks back to share their experiences filming Spielberg's impressionable historic epic.

Spielberg begins, "The last time I saw the film was when I had to do the transfer from the negative to the Blu Ray. I didn't run the sound because I just wanted to focus on the pictures." He continues, "One thing I noticed was at the very end. I was operating the camera for the final scene where all the Schindler Jews are going past Oskar Schindler's gravesite and putting the stones on the grave." Adding, "The long lingering look that Emilie Schindler gives her husband's grave...she had never been to that cemetery in Jerusalem, and it was the first time she had seen his grave." Impressionable!