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Saving Private Ryan VS The Longest Day - How do these two representations of the same historical event differ from each other?

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Saving Private Ryan VS The Longest Day. How do these two representations of the same historical event differ from each other? Both of these films, Saving Private Ryan (1999) and the Longest Day (1962), are representations of the D-day landings on Omaha beach in France. The war film genre was chosen due to its popularity, historical interest and the excitement and adventure involved in battle. The longest day could have easily been an English propaganda film, as it gave a very un-realistic view on the D-day landings, glorifying the British, and making the Nazis look incapable of winning the war. In contrast Saving Private Ryan was an attempt to make sense of history, which was as realistic as it could be. Also the creation of a heroic figure gave the audience a character to follow the film with. Saving Private Ryan was far more realistic than the Longest Day. I will be looking at how all the different factors of making a film make the films more realistic. I will be commenting on, shots and angles used visual effects, sound effects, mise-en-scene and lighting. In Saving Private Ryan and the Longest Day camera shots and angles are totally different. In Saving Private Ryan the director chose many different camera shot to bring different effects, like the underwater shot, this shot brings the effect of fear, struggling and panic; it is in slow ...read more.


The sound effects in The Longest Day are repetitive. The gunfire for the machine guns is the same all the time with occasionally a few breaks. Although there is the sound of waves crashing in the background, there is very little contrast between the sound levels. In Saving Private Ryan the sound levels are varied there is a lot of contrast between the ocean, the dialogue speaking and the machine gun fire and explosions sounded as though some were close and some were far away. Many of the sound effects in Saving Private Ryan are quite disturbing like vomiting and bullets penetrating soldier's bodies. Dialogue in The Longest Day is very calm and when some one is speaking the sound level for the background noise is lowered so much it is hard to hear, this is not very realistic. In Saving Private Ryan dialogue has emotion, codes are used and swearing and cursing within combat gives a great amount of effect. Also the level of sound is balanced and it is much easier to differentiate between things far away and thing close by. In The Longest Day there is a scene where some of the soldiers are sat in a circle on the beach, not only is this really unrealistic, but there is no fear in their voices and the background noise is stopped. ...read more.


The use of colour of colour in saving private ryan proved very effective, the blood, explosions and the contrast in colours when the blood contaminates the water makes this scene very effective. In The Longest Day as it was set shortly after the war the Germans were made to look evil, dangerous and as it they were enjoying killing all those innocent soldiers, where as in Saving Private Ryan war was made to look realistic, frightening and what it was really like. File technology and graphics are used to show special effects with human limbs and organs, Germans were made to be in equilibrium with the British. Personally I prefer Saving Private Ryan out of the two films it is realistic exciting and the technology and effects are far superior. I found The Longest Day very boring and dragged on, I think this was partly because of the time gap; it restricted the directors ability to make the film really realistic. If I had the chance to watch the rest of one of the film I would undoubtedly chose Saving Private Ryan as it is more enticing and I found it more exciting, convincing and generally altogether a better film. I may be interested in watching the whole of the two films just to compare them further. Gabrielle Glover ...read more.

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