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Spielberg's 'List'

January 23, 1994

Did author Diane K. Shah see the same film I did ("Steven Spielberg, Seriously," Dec. 19)? "Schindler's List"was one of the most indulgently sentimental movies I have ever seen, ending as it does with a historically inaccurate and anachronistic group hug, followed shortly thereafter by a coda--with real Schindler survivors and the actors who played them--that is one of the most manipulative, exploitative and embarrassing set of moments ever recorded on film.

As far as offensive sentimentality goes, Disney and Capra have nothing on Spielberg.

RICK SANDFORD

Los Angeles

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To hell with the critics! I can make up my own mind when it comes to either going to a movie or making a decision on how entertaining it is. "Hook" was fantastic, and I can hardly wait to see "Schindler's List."

ED CAMPOS

Ordway, Colo.

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Why is Spielberg not recognized by his peers for his magnificent work? He is a major talent who has a keen insight into people's lives and can treat a wide variety of subjects with an awesome level of sensitivity.

DON MORRIS

San Clemente

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Spielberg chose to film a story about the disenfranchised of a generation past, but the real story is about the present-day dispossessed, the poor. We saw evidence of their story during the April, 1992, rioting, not in black and white but in black, white, brown and yellow. It was magnificent in its scope and sickening in its content, but it was real and it was America. Ironically, Spielberg's film about the past generation's experience cannot be seen by many of today's disenfranchised generation because they can't afford the price of admission.

DR. ROLAND S. JEFFERSON

PSYCHIATRIST AND GRIEF THERAPIST

Los Angeles

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