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THERE IS a question that may nag at you during the three hours of Schindler's List: why am I watching this? It may be prompted by one of the summary executions that stain the screen like the blood of their victims seeping through the snow - by the sight of a German soldier murdering a Jew with a prim flick of the revolver, as if giving a final flourish of the pen to a death warrant. Or by the prisoners arriving at a re-created Auschwitz, built for the film alongside the original, to be greeted by an orgy of shouting and the steaming breath of guard-dogs. Why am I watching this? What business has entertainment with atrocity?

FILM / Pitiful monsters: The Plaszow camp re-created in Schindler's List looks horrifyingly authentic. Not so its commandant, Amon Goeth. To shock his audience, the film director Steven Spielberg gives the monster a more human face than history would allow

Nazis] I hate these guys]': thus the intrepid and right-thinking Indy (Harrison Ford) in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The line is plainly a gag, but it's an uneasy one. Somewhere within it is the nagging awareness that the prime audience for Spielberg's movies is made up of those frighteningly innocent high school children who, asked to explain the significance of the word 'Holocaust', replied that it was a Jewish holiday.

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