Longtime mentor and colleague Stanley Kubrick reportedly disliked the film, believing that Schindler's story is about success, while the Holocaust is about failure.
Steven Spielberg received no income from directing and producing "Schindler's List," believe such profit to be "blood money." All of his reported earning were instead invested into the Survivors of the Shoah Visual Learning Foundation, of which Spielberg is its chairman and founding member.
Spielberg directed Schindler's List just days after wrapping up "Jurassic Park." He reported assisted in post-production via satellite. Originally, Spielberg planned to direct Schindler's List prior to "Jurassic Park," but reversed the order as to cater to Universal Pictures.
Spielberg considers Schindler's List to be his best film. However, he wishes to be remembered for directing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Both Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski were considered to direct Schindler's List. Scorsese declined, feeling the film designated a Jewish director, and Polanski resigned, as he felt overwhelming grief towards the source material; Polanski is a Holocaust-survivor.
Schindler's List has twice ranked among the top ten best American films by the American Film Institute, in 1998 and again in 2007.
Schindler's List is the highest-grossing black-and-white film of all time.
Spielberg initially considered recording the film in authentic German with English subtitles but opted out, realizing he couldn't properly provide direction in an unfamiliar language.