Originally Posted by NetworkTV
Yeah, that scene is the only major fault I have with the movie. I was waiting for him to bring up the gold in his fillings...and perhaps some duplicate organs he could sell for quick cash...
Other than that, the film is a masterpiece.
I'm coming to this late, but +1. I thought about posting the very same criticism when someone else posted that this film was Spielberg's least sentimental, or words to that effect. That may be true, but he did manage to "Spielberg" even this one. He did it with that "I could have done more" bogus and uncharacteristic scene at the train, and he did it with the red coat on the little girl. To me, those detract seriously from the impact of the film and are unnecessary devices designed to appeal to sentiment.
The facts and the story stand on their own, in this instance. No embellishment is needed or warranted.
Frankly, as riveting and as moving as the story and film proper were, I was far more moved, and stunned even, at the coda to the film: the in color footage of the real life Schindler Jews and their descendants each taking their turn to place a stone on Schindler's grave. Without words, with that single action standing alone but in context, that coda drove home the powerful message that each of those persons understood and acknowledged that he or she literally owed their lives to Oskar Schindler's efforts to save them from the death camps. I think including that footage was brilliance on Spielberg's part. It moved me to tears. I wish he had had the good sense to leave out the manipulative red coat and "I could have done more" nonsense. To me, those stain his otherwise flawless masterpiece of a film.