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.

Christian Bale stars in Empire of the Sun

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.

Little Girl in Schindler's List wears red jacket


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  3. Ayse says:

    Oh oh The English Patient!Also:The GodfatherCasablancaSound of MusicGone with the WindLOTR: Return of the KingShakespeare in LoveI have seen others, but eiethr I don’t remember them, they’re already on your list, or I wouldn’t bother with em. No idea what will win this year, as I’ve only seen 2 of 10. I miss the two years when we made it through (most of) the AMC Best Picture Showcase. No way could I imagine sitting through two full days of movies.

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