A few days ago, I posted an observation about Oscar’s love for British movies.
In the post, I mentioned that one of my favorite “British” movies is “Empire of the Sun”, one of the early works of Steven Spielberg.
Remember in “Empire of the Sun” when the young boy is lost, and, we follow him in the crowd by noticing his red jacket? I have always thought Spielberg saved the idea, and, used it again.
Years later, in “Schindler’s List”, Spielberg uses a red jacket (this time in a black and white movie) so that we can follow the young girl. Please see the two pictures, one from “Empire of the Sun”, the other from “Schindler’s List”.
The technique worked well in both movies. Indeed, many people’s most vivid memory of “Schindler’s List” is the striking image of the girl in the red coat in the otherwise black and white movie.
In fact, there were two uses of color in the otherwise black and white Schindler’s List. One, of course, is the little girl in the red coat. The second is the orange of burning candles.
Schindler’s List is 195 minutes long (just over three hours). Schindler’s List was produced in 1993; and, garnered seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (Steven Spielberg).
Empire of the Sun was produced in 1987; and, was nominated for six Academy Awards for the 1988 ceremony. However, the movie failed to win any Oscars.