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'Saving Private Ryan' essay Analysis of how Spielberg creates realism in the opening sequence of 'Saving Private Ryan'. 'Saving Private Ryan' is a post war film directed by Steven Spielberg in 1998 which interprets the story of 'bloody Omaha' through the memories of the U.S. service men who helped liberate France in Omaha beach in 1944. During which 9,000 graves were created for the brave and honourable men who incidentally gave their lives to their country and its people. Steven Spielberg's master piece Saving Private Ryan achieved the recognition it deserved and was awarded 5 academy awards, including the best director award to Steven Spielberg in 1998. The all star cast starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns reinforce the horrors of war. Interpreted through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story is based on World War 2's historic D-Day invasion. Saving Private Ryan earned its awards for bringing back the realism of World War 2 and for portraying what the shocking odds of survival were at the historic battle of Omaha beach on D-Day in June 1944. The film follows Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), who during the disturbingly real first scene survives the landing on Omaha Beach. ...read more.


Attempts to helplessly try to hide and dodge the screaming bullets failed miserably, as soldier fall limp on the blood stained sand and inevitably die. The soldiers not only faced the fate such as death, but for many, the horror of shell shock developed and ingested their conscience and mind, dehumanising them, making them unable to control their own subconscious mind. Evidence of this is shown as we bear witness as a soldier with one arm, without a flicker of emotion, searches and picks up the discarded limp piece of flesh whom once was his arm, and walks away in a daze, not realising the horror of what had happened to him. The scream of an incoming shell cuts through our thoughts as it gradually becomes louder as it hastily approaches closer, builds a crescendo as we see a terrified soldier shouting at Miller in a panic, but we are not able to hear his words due to the muffled droning, creating tension and suspense amongst the audience. As the muffled droning suddenly ends, chaotic resonance begins to overwhelm the audience's senses again. A poignant depiction of a particular soldier who's lower abdominal has been disembowelled, desperately cries out 'Mama', over and over is shown. ...read more.


The camera zooms in on Millers eyes, making us subconsciously begin to presume a link between him and the elderly man at the beginning of the scene, making us assume that the elderly man standing in front of the grave is Miller. The camera then cuts to a view of the crimson sea with the limp freshly dead bodies, while the waves of blood gently lap over the littered corpses. We bear witness to the many lives which have been lost during this outrageous manslaughter. Saving Private Ryan is a block buster interpretation of the cruel realities of war. Steven Spielberg attempts to recount the horror of war, to diminish its glamorisation and reveal its shocking consequences. The controversial real life quality of this film has been disputed and criticised by critics, who consider it to be used as a glamorisation of war but in reality, Spielberg should be commended for the achievement that . The film and its characters create and evoke emotions which captivate the audience's attention. Spielberg's interpretation of the Omaha slaughter is aimed to ensure that future generations will remember and recognise the bravery of the U.S servicemen who fought to protect their country and ensure that the future generation is stable. ...read more.

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