• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast the presentation of the historical D-Day landings on Omaha Beach in the films 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) and 'The Longest Day' (1962).

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and contrast the presentation of the historical D-Day landings on Omaha Beach in the films 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) and 'The Longest Day' (1962). by Emilie Chalcraft The primary task of many forms of media, and in this case films, is to entertain an audience. Taking the examples of 'The Longest Day' directed by Darryl F. Zanuck and 'Saving Private Ryan' directed by Steven Spielberg however, it is possible for the audience to look past the story of the D-Day landings at face value and begin to think of the deeper meanings and true purpose of the film. What does the director want to convey with his use of lighting, dialogue or camera movements? How does he or she want the audience to react? Both 'The Longest Day' and 'Saving Private Ryan' have been made for entertainment, but although the clips analysed cover the same event and try to be as histrically accurate as possible, they vary in many ways. In summary, 'The Longest Day''s purpose is to convey a historically accurate idea of the D-Day landings and inform its audience of the events that took place. It also glorifies the bravery of the soldiers who took part in the landings. The film is what can be expected of a war film made in the 1960s - made less than 20 years after the war ended it tries to pay tribute to the men who risked or gave their lives to their country, some of whom would have been very much alive when the film came out. ...read more.

Middle

about twenty-five seconds showing the troops disembarking from the landing craft whereas in 'Saving Private Ryan' the same scene takes around a minute and a half. 'Saving Private Ryan' is very realistic but, ironically, Spielberg uses 'unreal' techniques to achieve this; slow motion doesn't occur in real life but when it is used in the clip it works because it shows something beneath the surface of the action. Spielberg's audience is being shown the psychology of the scene and slow motion is used to explore workings of Hanks' mind. We look around the beach through his eyes, hear what he hears and experience it with him. A lot of emotion is evoked from the audience in this way. 'Real time' gives us a feeling of involvement in the scene and viewers are made to feel more 'connected' with the characters. In the next section of the clips the troops are getting on to the beach and running up towards the land. Both clips show in detail the injuries many soldiers receive and bring home to the audience some of the horrific deaths that were suffered by them. Brutal realism is widely used but especially in 'Saving Private Ryan'; the audience is shown open wounds, dying men and even a soldier picking up his own arm, all in a very graphic way. A big difference to be seen in this section of both the clips is first or third person 'narration'. ...read more.

Conclusion

By the introduction to the characters of the boy and his superior we start to care about their individual fates, and pathos is used over us to so that we become concerned over whether the characters live or die. Both directors use this to evoke sadness and pity among the audience. One of the most important aspects of the clips to analyse is the directors' presentation of war. 'The Longest Day' is an epic, giving an accurate, historical account of the D-Day landings. It conveys to the audience the bravery of the soldiers who fought in the war and the situations they had to deal with. A huge proportion of its original audience would have either fought in the war themselves or been closely related to someone who had, so the purpose of the film would have been to pay tribute to those people. The purpose of 'Saving Private Ryan' is different because almost none or even none at all of its audience would have fought in the war. Spielberg shows us the operation not just from a factual view but from an emotional view and shows us tragedies and horrors. Although the two clips cover exactly the same event we can see that they are very different in style, but even though they were made decades apart from each other there are also a similarities. By comparing and analysing these films so closely, we as an audience can begin to see into the directors' minds and realise their hidden purposes behind making the film. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Drama Portfolio - Too much Punch For Judy

    The moral of the story gets across to the audience -'You shouldn't drink drive, as it is dangerous and could result in serious injury or even death, when it could be actively prevented.' I particularly like the task when we had to re-act the play, but we could take parts of the play to develop and focus on.

  2. Analyze and comment on the effectiveness of media devices used to present war in ...

    The opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan is the most realistic, horrifying and shocking scenes throughout the movie. The film is very bloody, and shows the reality of war. During the films battle scene, many media devices are used to effect the audience's emotions in some way.

  1. Examine the Techniques, Which the Directors of the Public Information Films Use To Convey ...

    The closing shot is of a zoom on Ken Dodd's face. This emphasises his face and he repeats the message to the audience. "Blood Donors with Ernie Wise and Glenda Jackson" is a comedic PIF which uses Ethos to persuade the audience.

  2. Film studies micro reading How does the mood, atmosphere and Emotion change ...

    The camera then cuts to his relatives who are walking behind him. They are all shown in one shot and then it cuts back to him on his own. As all his family are seen in one shot it could symbolise how they cant possibly understand the terror that Tom Hank's character experianced earlier in his life.

  1. Analyse the techniques used in the sequence in which the alien emerges in 'war ...

    The fact that the church is being lit from the inside to the out shows the abnormity of this creature and what is going to happen. A silhouette is created showing the front of the church, slightly rotated and separated from the body.

  2. Musical films, Bride and Predjudice and Grease

    the groovy dance to irritate Lalitha. The gestures Lalitha uses may drawn in some of Chada'a target western audience, believing that the character is being forced into an arranged marriage and this makes the audience feel sympathetic towards the heroine.

  1. Saving Private Ryan Essay on the first 25mins

    As the battle scene cuts into view, the first character to be seen visually is Captain Miller. This immediately indicates that he is high up in rank and so, instantly gives him a commanding presence among the craft. The calmness of his voice even seems to sedate the tension in the atmosphere.

  2. Macro and micro analysis Film - Independence Day Independence Day and action Sci-Fi directed ...

    a large cloud with fire coming out moving very fast towards the city. These scenes just introduce us to the characters and there partners ,it makes us feel like we no them better and later in the film makes us hope they do not get killed.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work