1. For this movie the costume designer needed 20,000 extras costumes so he took out advertisements for seeking clothes. Poland economic conditions were poor so many people sold their 30s and 40s clothes.
2. Steven Spielberg offered Roman Polanski to direct this movie. But Polanski denied because the subject of the movie. By the age of eight Polanski lived in Kraków Ghetto. when he escaped on the liquidation. After some time his mother died at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
After knowing this Spielberg apologized for bringing up such a traumatic memory. Spielberg decided to direct the movie himself.
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3. When Spielberg showed John Williams a piece of the film, John Williams was so moved he had to take several minutes. You deserve a better composer said Willams to Spielberg. Spielberg replied, “I know, but they’re all dead.”
4. The original missing list of Schindler’s Jews was found in a suitcase in the attic of Schindler’s flat in Hildesheim in 1999. Before some months of his death Oskar Schindler had started living there.
5. Ralph Fiennes put on 13kg weight for his role of Amon Goeth. Steven Spielberg cast Ralph Fiennes because of his “evil sexuality”.
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6. Philippines censors wants to cut some scenes of nudity and violence but Steven Spielberg want to release it without any cut and even ready to pull the film out. So Fidel Ramos (President of Philippine at that time) overruled the censors and the film was released without any cut in Philippines.
7. Schindler’s List is the most expensive black & white film to date. The previous record of the most expensive black and white movie was held by another film set during World War II over 30 years, The Longest Day (1962).
8. Liam Neeson gave audition for the role of Scindler but he thought that he’d never get the part. So he started to play some other role. One evening Neeson was in his dressing room when he listened the arrival of Steven Spielberg, wife Kate Capshaw and her mother. After meeting Spielberg, his wife and her mother-in-law Neeson hugged his mother-in-law in a manner, who told spielberg later “That’s just what Oskar Schindler would have done the same.” After a week Neeson got a call from Spielberg with the offer of the lead role.
9. Steven Spielberg saw Seinfeld (1989) (The comedy tv series) every night after work to lighten his mood.
10. Embeth Davidtz was playing the character of Helen Hirsch in the movie, deliberately chose not to meet her until after shooting had been completed.
11. The movie finally got the Oscar for Best Director for Steven Spielberg, something that he had not in the past.
12. The American Film Institute ranked Schindler’s List as the #8 Greatest Movie of All Time in 2007.
13. Steven Spielberg watched Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990) six times before starting Schindler’s List.
14. For starting Schindler’s List shooting in Poland, Steven Spielberg left the editing on Jurassic Park (1993) for two weeks.
15. Steven Spielberg denied to autograph on any materials related to this film.