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Analyse the opening sequences of Schindlers list and show how they foreshadow what is to come Schindlers list is a film directed by Steven Spielberg and is about the life of Schindler a great man who helped the Jews in the Holocaust The first opening sequences are the most important because by the use of symbols camera movement and contrast they are used very well to foreshadow the rest of the story The use of symbols are probably the most easily recognised technique used to foreshadow in the story In one of the opening shots we see a little Jewish boy looking into a flame The flame of the candle symbolises hope and foreshadows that there is a light of hope further on in the film In the shot after that we see two candles on their own on the dinner table This symbolises or represents Schindler and Ischack Stan and that they are the light or the hope in the future The style of writing used in the credits at the start of the story is the same style of handwriting that is used for writing the lists of the Jews So this foreshadows the dehumanising process of the Jews being put on lists and the way that they are recognised A little later we see a man that is setting up a table on the side of the train tracks We see a bottle of ink and the man starts to write with it which is another example of the dehumanisation process and foreshadows they way that the Jews will be treated later on The use of camera movement is a more subtle technique used to foreshadow We see in the opening scene a low angle shot of a family of a Hassidic Jewish family standing around a table praying The low angle shot gives us a sense of the power they have in there faith and the tight support
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