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Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day In this essay I am going compare the two films 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'The longest day' and explain how the films represent war in the landing sequences. Both films are based on the US landings on Omaha, 6th June 1944 (D-day) 'The longest day' was made in 1962, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and was shot in black and white. This film concentrates more on the events of D-day and portrays war as being less daunting and more glorious thing to do. 'Saving Private Ryan' was made in 1996, directed by Steven Spielberg and shot in colour. This film is the more accurate of the two films as it captures the true violence of war. The film is extremely graphic and violent which separates the two films. 'The longest day" was shot in black and white which would give you the sense that you were back in the war era. This may have the down played peoples expectations when or if they see the movie as color TV had not been invented. 'Saving Private Ryan' was directed by one of the best directors of its time; Steven Spielberg so it had lot to live up to as he had filmed 2 other war films before so he would have had good experiences and ideas whilst making the other films. ...read more.


The camera shots in this scene are mostly mid shot to long distance. As the film is in black and white the main colours you get to see are thick blacks from the smoke from bombs and firing, to the light grey from the sea and landscape. For the soldiers in 'Saving Private Ryan' moving up the beach was like dodging death. The soldiers are being constantly shot or having bombs thrown at them. You can hear screams and cries for help; some men are even calling out for the mothers, other soldiers are shouting, screaming giving out orders or trying to help the injured. The sound effects here are excellent; they range from the explosives and gun shots going off to someone being shell shocked; to give the viewer a feel of what it is like. You can see soldier's dead or dieing, streams and splats of blood, men with half there insides hanging every where the camera turns. The camera angles used here are close-ups; so you can see the pain and fear on the soldier's faces and mid-shots; where you can see what's happened to the soldier or where they are running too. The colours in this scene are manly vivid reds form the soldier's blood and oranges and black form the smoke and gun firing. ...read more.


I also think that Spielberg tries to involve the audience as much as he can example; when some of the soldiers drown the camera goes down with them making you feel that you are there and also Spielberg uses hand held camera a lot of the time which gives a more realistic view of the soldier. I felt that war was represented very different in both film. In 'The Longest Day' I felt that you were held back on a lot of what was going on and you didn't get to see what the soldiers reactions were towards war. In 'Saving Private Ryan' you saw the soldiers reactions and in a way you felt sorry for them, also you felt as though you where there with the soldiers because of the clever camera editing. I enjoyed 'Saving Private Ryan' more because there was much more going; action and fighting and also the obvious reason that it was in colour. I also think that 'Saving Private Ryan captures war as best as it can. The short bit of the film I saw; the landing sequence makes you feel almost scared and tearful because of the graphical nature of the film. I didn't think that 'The Longest day' as I didn't get the same effect and so that why I preferred 'Saving Private Ryan' to 'The Longest day'. By Laura love ...read more.

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