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'SCHINDLER'S LIST' TOPS SISKEL'S & EBERT'S EAGERLY AWAITED '10 BEST FILMS OF 1993'

 BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- "Schindler's List" was picked as best film of the year by popular film critics Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times, who will announce their choices in `Siskel's and Ebert's 10 Best Films of the Year," the eagerly awaited holiday half-hour program which reveals their "thumbs up" picks.
 "Siskel's & Ebert's 10 Best Films of the Year" airs in national syndication the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 7. Check local listings for station, date and time.
 "Schindler's List" was a surprise choice coming from both Siskel and Ebert, whose often heated on-air disagreements about movies they review has become a trademark of their long-running weekly syndicated film review TV series, now in its 18th season. The critics also said 1993 had more good films than any year since the 1970s, a period which they believe was the last golden era of American film.
 "Schindler's List" the Steven Spielberg epic about the Holocaust and how one man, a German industrialist named Oskar Schindler, defied and outwitted the Nazis to save the lives of more than 1,100 Jews. Liam Neeson plays "Schindler," who was helped in his efforts by a Jewish businessman portrayed by Ben Kingsley.
 The violence of the film most impressed and surprised Siskel, who said: "Spielberg shows the hatred of Jews, and the sheer joy and pleasure of so many Germans and Poles displayed in killing them. They loved doing it. That I didn't expect to see from Spielberg, who often is so sweet in his films. `Schindler's List' is easily the best film of the year."
 In addition to "Schindler's List," four other films that each agreed upon in varying order landed on their respective Top 10 List: Jane Campion's "The Piano," Andrew Davis' "The Fugitive," Chen KI-gay's "The Joy Luck Club," and the Hughes Brothers' "Menace II Society."
 The critics will drop the curtain on "The Worst Films of 1993" in their show for the week of Jan. 8-13.
 "Siskel and Ebert" is distributed by Buena Vista Television, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.
 SISKEL'S & EBERT'S
 BEST OF 1993
 GENE SISKEL ROGER EBERT
 "Schindler's List" 1 "Schindler's List"
 "Short Cuts" 2 "The Age of Innocence"
 "The Piano" 3 "The Piano"
 "Farewell, My Concubine" 4 "The Fugitive"
 "Menace II Society" 5 "The Joy Luck Club"
 "The Fugitive" 6 "Kalifornia"
 "The Age of Innocence" 7 "Like Water for Chocolate"
 "The Joy Luck Club" 8 "Menace II Society"
 "King of the Hill" 9 "What's Love Got To Do With it
 "Map of the Human Heart" 10 "Ruby in Paradise"
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