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What was Spielberg’s aim in creating Saving Private Ryan?What effects were they trying to achieve?Did they succeed?

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What was Spielburg's aim in creating Saving Private Ryan? What effects were they trying to achieve? Did they succeed? Spielburg's aim in creating Saving Private Ryan seems to have been to show war in its full horror. None of the usual Hollywood glamour and gloss which is found in many other war films or the 'rough diamond' character given to every person. "War is horror" says Spielburg "and some of the carnage and chaos at Omaha Beach were captured by combat cameramen. That 25 minutes is my attempt to portray the landing as honestly as I know how." Every character has more than one flaw, and Tom Hanks' character is just an average soldier, no special skills, even though he is the leader. ...read more.


In Saving Private Ryan however, surrendering Germans are shot, others are left to burn as they tumble out of the flaming remains of a watch tower. This also portrays the anger, hatred and resentment felt by the Allied troops towards the Germans in particular. They were trying to dispel all the previous myths about war. As Spielburg says, the war films produced during the World War Two were not allowed to show the realities of war, they were propaganda films, and so every character was a hero, every defeat was made to look like a victory. Spielburg has in my opinion successfully achieved this. There is nothing glorious about the 25 minute scene on the beach. The 'red sea' image is particularly powerful. ...read more.


Tom Hanks and the other actors playing the men in Miller's squad were turned over to Dye for six days in the field, sleeping under canvas and undergoing a gruelling training regimen. "We were playing guys who were tired, cold, miserable, and wanted to go home," says Hanks. "And I can guarantee you in those six days we were tired, cold, miserable and wanted to go home." In the end however, I think the training and hard work was worthwhile, they are very credible and believable characters, which makes the film that much more realistic. In conclusion, I believe that Spielburg has achieved his main aim and the several effects that he wanted to achieve. Saving Private Ryan is a much more realistic war film than most, even if it does still have that tendency to glorify the Americans. Craig Botham 10G English Saving Private Ryan ...read more.

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