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Write a newspaper film review analysing how Steven Spielberg makes the cinema audience ''regard the pain of others''. In the Omaha Beach sequence at the beginning of 'Saving Private Ryan'.

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English Coursework Nathan McManus 11B Write a newspaper film review analysing how Steven Spielberg makes the cinema audience ''regard the pain of others''. In the Omaha Beach sequence at the beginning of 'Saving Private Ryan'. Saving Private Ryan Cast Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Golberg, Barry Pepper and Giovanni Rabisi. Director - Steven Spielberg. Producers - Ian Bryce , Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn. Screenplay - Robert Rodat. Cinematography - Janusz Kaminski. Music - John Williams. U.S Distributor - DreamWorks SKG/Paramount Pictures. Viewer Rating 15. Internationally acclaimed 1940's war epic Saving Private Ryan directed by Steven Spielberg, this outstanding box office hit picked up five academy awards for:- Best Director. Cinematography. Film Editing. Sound and Sound Effects editing. Best Picture - This award top - grossing American Motion Picture of 1998. Saving Private Ryan opens with a cinematic battle that is, without a doubt, one of the finest, most graphic and realistic half-hours committed to film. This sequence, a soldiers eye view of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, is brilliant, not only in the terms of technique but in the depth of viewer reactions it generates, such films as Platoon, and the Apocalypse don't come close to the immense scenery Spielberg has portrayed. It is certainly the most violent, gory and realistic depiction of war that I have ever witnessed, the levels of pain put across with splitting sounds and visuals on screen. ...read more.

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hold back the gory images at all, the audience witness's the pain of others but showing for example a soldier walking up the beach with a determined look on his face, when he suddenly shelled and is left leg is decapitated to the hip, he hit's the floor feared dead with bright red blood spurting out onto the grey beach. Spielberg also shows the power of a shell by re-enacting a blast and following it up with the soldier rather overreact to some peoples point of view, do a cart wheel in mid air, there is also a fellow dead solider lying beside him in this shot. The next shot is where Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is first introduced into the film and this is done by him crawling up the shell battered beach, clenching his helmet, making his way to shelter behind an ALD (Anti Landing Device) used by the Germans to prevent the amphibious vehicles getting up the beach. In my opinion, I think the introduction of Tom Hanks distracts the viewer from what really is going on., there is a war going on, but this shot is when a plot begins to emerge. Carrying on the sequence it shows through Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) eyes, view pointing on a squirming solider who is very young trying to save himself from enemy fire. ...read more.

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This shot is still looking through the captains eyes, the first scene with a crowd sense. The soundtrack at this moment is still with Captain John Millers (Toms Hanks) hearing disabled slightly and you hear the sound of flames and shouting. Showing the sense of uncertainty and danger the soldiers are in. The camera is used in a way that helps us to understand Millers confusion. One shot has the camera panning away from Millers eyes as his hearing slowly returns, to the sound of explosions and endless gunfire, illustrating that Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) has suddenly become aware of what is around him and what he has to do to survive. Miller is seen putting his helmet on which is filled with sea water stained red with blood, the camera follows this action closely as the blood runs down his face, again illustrating the stark reality of his situation. This is further emphasised by the introduction of the first real dialogue, 'What do we do now sir?' Miller is slow to respond and the soldier shouts, 'I said what the hell do we do now sir!?' To say that the film starts with a BANG! Is an understatement, Spielberg uses grotesque images of blood, gore, drowning, dismemberment and death to create impact and then shows us by his clever use of camera angles and close ups shots, the mental and physical pain that these men experienced. This ultimately leaves the viewer shell shocked and in complete empathy with those who experienced the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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