Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg returned to the Polish city where he filmed Schindler's List to give a moving speech to concentration camp survivors to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday (27Jan15).
The Jewish director travelled to Krakow ahead of the 2015 day of remembrance, which also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - the Nazi concentration camp in Poland which was the focus of Spielberg's Oscar-winning 1993 film.
Spielberg addressed an audience which included around 100 Holocaust survivors at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Krakow on Monday night (26Jan15) on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.
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Spielberg has personally supervised the meticulous restoration of the Holocaust movie, which was originally released in November 1993, and screenings of the remastered version will benefit the USC Shoah Foundation's Institute for Visual History and Education. The director founded the charity organisation in 1994 as a result of his experiences making the film.
The series will debut with a special benefit screening at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 12 September (13), the day before the start of Jewish religious festival Yom Kippur.
Steven Spielberg ordered the iconic child star of Schindler's List not to watch the Oscar-winning movie until she reached the age of 18, and she was left traumatised after breaking her promise to the director.
Polish actress Oliwia Dabrowska played the little girl in the red coat, whose death prompts German businessman Oskar Schindler to save the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.
Dabrowska, who was just three years old when she provided the only splash of colour in the black and white film, reveals she broke a promise to Spielberg by watching the movie when she was 11 and regrets not obeying the director's advice.
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The legendary director has helped put together the IWitness Video Challenge to encourage youngsters to do more for their communities.
The initiative, which is backed by Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation, urges pupils to engage in community service based on testimony of the real-life Holocaust survivors who were saved by Oskar Schindler in the story that inspired the 1993 movie.
The actor had auditioned for the role of war hero Oscar Schindler in the film, but he felt the session had gone so badly that he didn't even wait for a call back and signed on for a Broadway play opposite Natasha Richardson, who would become his wife.
Wild reviews for his performance in Anna Christie drew Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw to the theatre and it was a magical moment in his dressing room that led to the movie mogul offering him Schindler.
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The filmmaker, who is of Jewish heritage, felt compelled to make the film after reading Thomas Keneally's 1982 book about German businessman Oskar Schindler, who helped save more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from genocide during World War II.
Spielberg put off making the harrowing film for a decade, insisting he "wasn't ready, emotionally", but finally felt pushed to start work on it in the early '90s, despite trying to finish off animation on his Jurassic Park blockbuster.
He tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "Well, I wouldn't have normally wanted to do that. But I had put Schindler's List off for a number of years, and I was suddenly seized with a real sense that I needed to make the picture. And I was working on Jurassic Park already.
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Screen stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz were so shocked by the poverty prevalent in rural Kenya while filming upcoming movie The Constant Gardener, they set up a trust find to provide aid in the towns which appear in the film.
Schindler's List heart-throb Fiennes and CONSTANTINE actress Weisz joined cast and crew in contributing to The Constant Gardener Trust which has already funded a much needed bridge, schooling costs, road building and community groups in east Kenya.
Producer SIMON CHANNING-WILLIAMS says, "These are places were people are seriously, seriously poor and deprived, and water is at a dreadful premium.
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Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has embraced his Jewish roots, despite being traumatised by anti-Semitic attacks while growing up.
The Schindler's List director attempted to conceal his ethnicity as a child, as he suffered the humiliation of local children shouting "Spielbergs, the dirty Jews" outside his house.
But he soon learned that the prejudice he endured was merely a result of ignorance and fear, and he refused to be down-trodden by cruel bullying.
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Acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg, has spoken out about his annoyance that so few Hollywood stars supported John Kerry in his Democratic Presidential Campaign against George W Bush.
Genius, legendary filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, has spoken out about how he was incredibly annoyed that Hollywood's A-Listers failed to rally behind the Democrat Presidential candidate, John Kerry, during the election campaign in November 2004. The acclaimed director behind 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Jaws' (amongst others), was a strong supporter for Kerry's unsuccessful Presidency campaign against George W Bush.
Steven Spielberg supported the Democrat Presidential Candidate, John Kerry
Spielberg was especially disappointed to find himself as one of the few influential members of the film industry in support of Kerry. In the 1990s, Hollywood superstars fell over themselves in order to lend their support to the campaign of the highly charismatic Bill Clinton. It is this charisma that Spielberg believes caused the support to come to Clinton, and while Kerry may lack it, Spielberg maintains that he would have made a great leader.
The A BOUT DE SOUFFLE movie-maker took particular offence to Spielberg's Holocaust epic Schindler's List.
He says, "I don't know him personally but I don't think his films are very good.
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