I watched this right as I was going away to college for the first time. Whew.
Ok...this may be a hot take...but I think this scene is over-sold. It's a great scene, don't get me wrong, but I think it goes a little over the top. I'm not sure how it played out in real life, but I'm pretty sure I read that his escape didn't happen anything like in the movie. In my opinion, when they hand him the ring, and he shakes Stern's hand and they embrace, that's the emotional punch right there. Everything else after that, the bit about selling the car, the pen, yes it's all very moving, but it feels almost melodramatic at that point. Stern and Schindler embrace, maybe the other survivors come in as well, and the weight of the movie comes crashing down around you just the same. The next shot is the same as before, Schinlder in the car as they pull away. Literally just cut out like 20 seconds of a 3 hour movie, that's the only change I would make.
Thanks : ) Brazil is one of my favorite movies but I'd never seen the "real" ending, only heard about it.
Came to post this and glad to see I was beaten. Out of all the Pixar movies, this has to be their best final scene. It's perfection.