First impressions of Schindler’s List

When renowned composer John Williams first watched a rough cut of Schindler’s List at director Steven Spielberg’s home in Los Angeles, he got so choked up he couldn’t speak.

“I had to walk around the room for four or five minutes to catch my breath,” Williams recalls. “I said to Steven, ‘I really think you need a better composer than I am for this film.’ And he very sweetly said, ‘I know, but they’re all dead.’”

Caleb Daniloff and Robin Berghaus, “Williams Surprises Spielberg”, BU Today,, accessed 11 September 2020