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Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan What techniques are used by the director to maintain an interest for the audience? Steven Spielberg's master piece Saving Private Ryan earned itself 5 academy awards, including the best director award in 1998. The all star cast starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns brings to life the horror of war. Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War 2's historic D-Day invasion, it then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer-and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. Saving Private Ryan earned its awards for bringing back the realism of World War 2 and for portraying what the shocking chances of survival were at the historic battle of Omaha beach on D-Day in June 1944. Omaha beach was only one of the invasion sites of the American, British and Canadian coalition forces. On June 6, 1944 Military forces join on the beaches of Normandy for one of the most decisive battles of World War Two. ...read more.

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Other soldiers are vomiting or kissing the cross which shows that they know their life is on the edge and that they could die within the next minute or so, when they land there is a lot of gun fire and the camera shows the view from both sides. Soldiers are dieing everywhere and some of them even jump over the edge of the boat with all their equipment thinking they are safe, but even then some of them are shot and killed, one of them even drown. All of these add up to the tense atmosphere in the movie. All the deaths give the impression that the assault is suicide. Spielberg uses visual effects such as one of the soldiers insides pouring out of his body, these gruesome details show how much these soldiers go through and the possibilities of death they face. During the battle one of the soldiers uses a dead soldier's body as a human shield which shows the height of desperation they are in. In the battle there is no respect for the opposing forces, for example there is the scene where two Nazi soldiers come out from where they are hiding and tell the soldiers that they surrender, the American soldiers act like they cant here them and shoot them. This shows the bitter hatred for each other and the lack of respect for each other even though both people are fighting for there home country. ...read more.

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This is another example of Spielberg making the audience curious. After this the camera shows the house of the mother of the four Ryan brothers. The mother is washing up and sees the car coming from a distance and immediately knows that something is wrong. She comes outside and drops to the floor in shock even before the men step out, she already knows what has happened. The audience would pity her but know that there is still one more Ryan brother and they would want to see her reunited with her last remaining son. This keeps the audience's interest to the end of the film. Throughout the film the director plays certain tunes in the background which matches the mood. When the mother of the four Ryan brothers receives the bad news the tune in the background is gloomy and miserable. When the fighting is going on it is more vibrant and active. The music in the background gives a feel to the film and helps the audience understand the feelings in the film. Overall Spielberg catches the audience's interest and keeps it throughout the film effectively. He uses many techniques to do so such as background music, making the audience curious and changing the mood of the film which will also change the mood of the audience. The first 30 minutes is one of the best opening 30 minutes I have seen. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zeshan Javed - 1 - ...read more.

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