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A comparison between the Omaha beach landing scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Longest Day" The purpose of this essay is to compare which of the two films (Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day) is the most emotionally effecting. I am also trying to compare how each of the two films represent war and soldiers to the audience. The camera work in the two films is very different. The Longest Day nearly always uses the "God" view where the camera is taking an aerial shot of the action. The "God" view means that because you are above all the action it feels like you are in control. The camera work is also really smooth throughout the whole of the clip giving the impression to me that the shot isn't really happening and it has been manufactured. I don't know why the director chose to do the camera work like this because it would've been a lot more realistic if the camera moved around a bit more so it would've appeared like it was like a documentary clip and was actually happening. ...read more.


In The Longest Day I cannot recall hearing any non-diegetic sound at all which I think was a big mistake by the director. I did not feel that it was as emotionally affecting as was Saving Private Ryan. When comparing diegetic sound I thought that the two films were evenly matched with dialogue and gunfire, the bombs in Saving Private Ryan were slightly better but not much. The realism of the settings in each of the two clips is significantly different. Saving Private Ryan made me believe that they were actually on the Omaha beach at the date and time of the war. The Longest Day was in my opinion totally unrealistic and it looked like half the time they were standing in front of a screen playing the background of the sea and other boats. Also the captain of the boat in focus stands up looks around and after a pause says: "There it is men", creating the impression to me that they are not actually there because I do not think it would take that long to spot the beach right in front of him. ...read more.


Then, at the end of the clip, he repeats this whilst surveying the battlefield upon which he has just crossed. Other actors with smaller parts do such things as kiss crosses hung around their necks or pray before they take a vital shot. I think the director of this film was trying to show the audience that the Americans are not an invincible army, but are in fact just normal people fighting for their country. In The Longest Day, I feel the director was trying to represent the opposite of what Saving Private Ryan did. The captain and his men seem to have no fear whatsoever showing that they think they are invincible. One example of this is when the captain is strolling around talking to his men right in front of the enemy's machine guns as if he isn't in the middle of a war. Finally I think Saving Private Ryan was trying to portray that even if you win, war is not a good thing, whereas The Longest Day was simply a chance to show off that the Americans won that battle. I preferred the Saving Private Ryan clip because it contained the best SFX, it was honest and overall more emotionally moving. ...read more.

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