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Saving Private Ryan Examine Steven Spielberg's use of images and Presentation of war. Refer closely to the first twenty-five minutes of "Saving Private Ryan."?

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Saving Private Ryan Examine Steven Spielberg's use of images and Presentation of war. Refer closely to the first twenty-five minutes of "Saving Private Ryan."? "Saving Private Ryan" is a war/action/drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. This film was released in 1998. "Saving Private Ryan," tells the story of several men led by Captain John H. Miller (the commanding officer) who are sent on a mission to retrieve a Private James Francis Ryan from war and send him back to his mother. He is being sent back simply because all his brothers have died in the war and the army deems it necessary to send him back home before he dies so that his mother doesn't lose all her children in the war. The film makes us care about the men in Captain John H. Miller's troop so that when they die we feel sad, and when they are sharing jokes we laugh with them.This almost makes us feel like we're in the film. It lets you know what these brave men went through and gives you a great sense of appreciation for what they did for the people of their countries and others. Throughout the film the colour of the picture seems desaturated. This gives it a dull effect and was probably done by Spielberg to show the dullness of war. In the starting battlescene Spielberg shows a realisitic battle scene as he shows the death with all the graphicness there would be in real life. ...read more.

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This is as it would have been for the soldiers in the battle. There are a few different perspectives given here over all this carnage. The use of the camera in this scene makes us feel as though we're part of the battle. The point where we're given a Germans point of view makes the allies look like they're already fighting a lost battle. It shows how hard it is for the allies to succeed in their mission and the amount of death that is taking place. In the allies there is mostly a sense of confusion and hopelessness. We feel as if no one is going to survive this battle, as everyone seems to be dieing. Capt. Miller staggers out of the blood filled sea and falls. It is now we see his shock and confusion at the carnage all around him and unlike most of the soldiers he has been in action before. This shows us how powerful the sights of d-day were. The cameras are close-up on millers face as he emerges out of the sea. When Millers helmet comes off everything seems to be going in slow motion for him. We see his shocked expression as he witnesses the horrors taking place all around him. The over shoulder shot gives the audience a picture from Millers point of view. This allows the audience a break from the non-stop action and gives them a moment to come to terms with what had happened so far. Miller then tips some blooded water out of his helmet and replaces his helmet. ...read more.

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In this battle scene there is a lot of death. I will think of screaming blood, guts and explosions. Which once again there is a lot of in this scene. Spielberg manages to look past this though and with a little thought puts the extras of battle in which normally people wouldn't think of. Like the fear in the soldiers. The confusion of the soldiers with them not knowing what to do. The shock as newly recruited soldiers witness the death of their comrades. Spielberg doesn't make this scene to make the allies to look like triumphant heroes. Spielberg shows that although the allies where successful in taking Omaha beach, though this was at a huge cost of human life and suffering. He doesn't show war off to be as glorious as other Hollywood films may do so. He shows it for what it is death and destruction. Spielberg doesn't make the Germans out as the baddies or allies as goodies like they would normally do in these films. He shows how the Germans too where just men fighting like they where told to. Personally I believe Spielberg's presentation is a very compelling and accurate one not made to make his country out to be the better one. In fact at one point he has it so that allied soldiers kill some surrendered German troops and laugh about it afterwards. This may be seen as an immoral thing to do and it wasn't the Germans who did it, it was the allied men. I believe the main aim is to show a realistic view of the battle, which caused death and destruction to both sides for years. ...read more.

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