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Comparing a Bridge to Far with Saving Private Ryan

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Analyse the methods used in the opening battle scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" and the battle scenes in "A Bridge Too Far" to make these films realistic. To what extent do the differences in the films reveal the ways in which the genre of war films has changed over time? The director ( in this case Stephen Spielberg and Richard Attenborough ) would be getting information for the film from factual pieces of information like relics from the war or books, the list for information could be endless. The directors would then use this information to make a realistic environment for the movie to be set in. The settings at the start of the films differ because of the difference in shooting of the films. A Bridge Too Far was set about 30 years ago meaning the audiences preferences for an opening bit wasn't going to be gory. Saving Private Ryan on the other hand is an ultra realistic film; this was allowed to be done because the audiences' tastes and desires changed over time. Bearing this in mind each film starts off in a different way, A Bridge Too Far with its introduction to the war. ...read more.

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In A Bridge Too Far it shows the British strutting about the war zone like they owned the bloody place! Showing off their bright colours and Flags like they were in the brownies! The way The soldiers move about in A Bridge Too Far is somewhat realistic as it lacks some sort of strategy to it, all of the men and vehicles are real enough with the way they move....and malfunction but its all too movie like to be real. The way the soldiers from Saving Private Ryan as dressed gives you a better understanding of what it really would have been like, though it's hard to know for sure. All of the soldiers have unshaven faces, dirt and muck line their clothes, and an expression of fear rests on every one of their lips. In Saving Private Ryan the first Scene you see is of an old war veteran walking too a grave stone with his family trudging behind him. This then fades through his eyes to the cold beaches. This is where the film really starts off. The use of Different camera angles gives us a better Look at what the soldiers were experiencing. ...read more.

Conclusion

I guess it was made so effective because they still had a vivid image of the war, so they used as much knowledge and equipment available to them, to pull of making war as it should have been, knowing people would till be shaken up a bit. It being the Second World War and all. A Bridge Too Far is a interpretation but without all the blood and gore and excessive swearing we see in films these days. The quality of the film is also dependant on its target market. And in this case it was 'everyone' so of course it won't be able to show all the violence and blood it might have done. Stephen Spielberg has made a stunning crack at interpreting the events that happened during Omaha Bridge into a gripping story! His ways of expressing the ideas onto the big screen undermine most professionals by his standards. I definitely Prefer Saving Private Ryan as it shows exactly what we should be seeing to give us a understanding of what they went through to keep our country as it is, and to give credit to the lives lost defending our legacy. I think, no I know that Saving Private Ryan will go down in history as one of the best war films ever. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Mrs Dawson Michael Bell 10C ...read more.

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