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Yr10 Media GCSE essay - Saving Private Ryan David Mason 10G1 In this essay we will be looking at one of the comments that one of the reviewers of 'Saving Private Ryan'. This particular reviewer raised the point of how the director 'Spielberg spares the viewer nothing of the horrors of battle using every tactic at his disposal to convey the chaos brutality and suffering of war.' I will be telling you about how far I agree with this comment. The main part of the film that I will be writing about is the opening scene of the film. My overall view of this film is that I think that it is a great portrayal of war and that Spielberg is not afraid of shocking his audience. This is one of the reasons why I think it has turned out to be such a classic. During the film I felt as if I was actually in the war because of all of the handheld camera shots that Spielberg uses throughout the duration of this film. One of the greatest things about this film is that Spielberg has crafted it in such a way that nobody is shown to be the weaker or the stronger side; it is shown as it actually was. ...read more.


This shows the viewer that he is in so much pain that he needs drugs to top the pain. Incident 3. This incident will be on the brutality of war- The final bit of the first scene was horrifying for me when the camera did a birds eye view shot and all that you could see was the red sea and dead bodies everywhere. The viewer sees the men from a low angle shot which shows that the soldiers are big and powerful even though we can tell that deep down they are horrified of what the next 10 or so minutes may have in store for them. When the officer blows his whistle to signal that the soldiers have to leave the boat the viewer gets a sudden rush of adrenalin and the camera goes into the shot of the point of view of the soldiers which makes the viewer feel as if they are actually there. When the soldiers jump overboard into the water Spielberg decides to do an under water shot still sticking with the point of view of the soldier. The sound gets muted when the camera goes underwater which would have been what it was like for the soldier. ...read more.


The landing finally is a success but only because the allies had such vastly superior numbers. The captain who in the past a school teacher but now leads the mission to find Private Ryan. Ultimately he is found but not after many harsh battles. Quite a few times throughout the duration of the play we see the German soldiers and they will have there hands in the air. This is part of a treaty that countries who are at war have with each other. Basically it means that you cannot shoot a surrendering soldier regardless of where he comes from or his skin colour or religion. As you have probably realised by now the Americans do not seem to abide by these rules. When they actually do then it backfires. . In one scene a German sniper is captured. This trust of course leads to death in the end. The sniper who was allowed to go free, does what he does best later on and delivers expert sniper hits on allied troops. This part of the film must make the viewers feel particularly upset and angry that these rules were ignored and that even though a German had been allowed his freedom he rubbed it in the Americans faces by killing one of them later on. ...read more.

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