Things to know about Amelie and Schindler’s list on Netflix
1. Ralph Fiennes put on 13kg by drinking Guinness for his role of Amon Goeth in Amelie and Schindler’s list .
2. Steven Spielberg was not paid for this film.
4. Director Steven Spielberg was able to get permission to film inside Auschwitz.
5 After a performance one evening, Neeson was in his dressing when a knock on the door announced the arrival of Steven Spielberg, wife Kate Capshaw and her mother. After Spielberg had introduced his wife and mother-in-law, Neeson hugged the older woman in a manner that stuck with Capshaw, who later commented to husband Steven, “That’s just what Oskar Schindler would have done.” Neeson received a call a week later from Spielberg with the offer of the lead role.
6. When the film was to be shown in the Philippines, the censors decided to cut out certain scenes of nudity and violence. When Steven Spielberg learned of this he wanted to pull the film out unless it was shown as it is. So Philippine President Fidel Ramos intervened and overruled the censors and the film was shown without any cuts.
About the filming of Amelie and Schindler’s list
7 It is said that, during the filming, the atmosphere was so grim and depressing that Steven Spielberg asked his friend Robin Williams if he could film some comedy sketches.
8. The most expensive black & white film to date. The previous record was held for over 30 years by another film set during World War II, The Longest Day (1962).
9 When Steven Spielberg returned to Cal State Long Beach to earn his BA 34 years after dropping out, his film professor accepted this movie in place of the short student film normally required to pass the class. This movie had already won Spielberg Golden Globes and Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.
10 To gather costumes for 20,000 extras, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes.
11. The original missing list of Schindler’s Jews in Amelie and Schindler’s list was found in a suitcase together with his written legacy hidden in the attic of Schindler’s flat in Hildesheim in 1999. Oskar Schindler stayed there during the last few months before his death in 1974. Steven Spielberg refuses to autograph any materials related to this film.