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The Thin Red Line is a film about World War two on an island called Guadalcanal.

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Introduction

The Thin Red Line 'The Thin Red Line' is a film about World War two on an island called Guadalcanal. The American troops have discovered a Japanese air base and have come to the island for war. The movie starts with Jim Caviezel, staring as Private Witt, and a nameless soldier co-operating with the islanders. From there they are found by the American soldiers whilst being on AWOL. They are then re-recruited and sent to war. I believe that the plot is well put together, fast-paced and has many different representations, which makes the movie brilliant. The first ten minutes of the film include many links from image sound and theme. Malick uses these ten minutes to give a visual representation of the calm and tranquil nature of the island before war attempting to make you feel like you are there. He does this with the links of image, sound and theme as it really brings the film 'to life.' After the first ten minutes he brings war to the film. This contradicts the former peaceful mood and now turns the 'oasis of gentle surrounding' to a more exciting and careful feeling. ...read more.

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a close relationship between us which allows us to see that all of the soldiers are individuals and have their own opinions on the war at hand and the sounds and environment around them. The peace and beautiful nature around the soldiers gets destroyed by the war and the peaceful nature of the natives is also destroyed by the guns. This shows Malick's views on war as a force that destroys equality between mankind and nature and destroys peace on earth. Another scene is where Private Witt is talking to a native islander about her baby. The conversation starts with less trust, the baby is afraid of the unknown an there is no background music. The long camera shot shows that the conversation is unfamiliar for both cultures. The native then begins to laugh as she becomes familiar to Witt, the calm music returns as the familiar, joyful relationships return. The camera shot turns to an over-the-shoulder shot representing the, now, intimate relationship between the native and Private Witt, formerly the camera was a long-range, two-person shot giving a sense of seclusion as if we are not in the conversation. ...read more.

Conclusion

The shellfish in the boy's hands represents that the shellfish are safe, which is a link of image and theme to the safety on the island. It is also another image that shows the harmonic relationship between mankind and nature. There is freedom in the safety of the shellfish and freedom is what is being fought for, also it, again, links to larger points like how the beautiful nature gets destroyed and the peace shown will get destroyed by guns later on in the film. Another link between image, sound and theme is that the islanders hold peaceful, quiet shellfish safe in their hands whilst the soldiers hold loud, destructive guns and they are constantly in danger. Here Malick is representing his views on war by showing how war means the participants are constantly in danger and may also bring destruction. As a conclusion I believe that Terence Malick starts the film with the opening sequence on the island to show us his views on war and how it is a destructive force with a dark nature, its participants are constantly in danger and it brings horror to mankind; destroying equality and peace. ...read more.

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