Steven Spielberg's "Schindler List" is back in the theater to mark the 25th anniversary of his release.
And the director said that this could not happen at a more opportune time, claiming that "there is more at stake today than even at the time".
"I think it 's just that hate is less in brackets today and makes more headlines," Spielberg said in an interview this week with NBC News. "Individual hatred is a terrible thing but when collective hatred organizes, genocide ensues. And this hatred is not something that should not be taken seriously. We must take it more seriously today than I have thought for a generation. "
Host Lester Holt spoke of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, during which 12 worshipers were killed. Spielberg, 71, has added xenophobia and racism to the list of current concerns.
Schindler's list, published in December 1993, is back in some cinemas this week.
The film tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who helped save more than 1,000 people by having them work in his factory.
He was behind Spielberg's first Academy Award for Best Director, as part of a series of seven Best Picture Achievements. And it was also a commercial success that Spielberg told Holt that he was surprised.
"I could not imagine, from the story told, that an audience would just tolerate the amount of violence, human versus human. Spielberg told Holt: "No one thought the film was going to make money."
Working on the film gave Spielberg the idea of the Shoah Institute, which is hosted at the University of Southern California. Founded in 1994 to keep videos and interviews of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, it has expanded to documenting other genocides. Spielberg told Holt the story, explaining how they had worked with Holocaust survivors and people helped by Schindler.
One of the people was a little girl at the time, that Schindler was sent to prison to kiss.
"She came to see a shoot, she came to me and she said," I want to tell you my story, "said Spielberg," I said, "I tell your story." She said, "Oh , none of this has been part of my life, I want to tell you all my life story, who I am, I want you to see me, tell my story so that this story can tell everyone what happened to me and others like me. "
Spielberg told Holt that of all his works, he was the most proud of the film.
"I do not think I'll ever do anything so important," he said.
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