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Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan both shocking and realistic and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film

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Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan both shocking and realistic and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 war film set throughout and after the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. A company of six soldiers lead by Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) must rescue the only surviving sibling of the four Ryan brothers who is stationed behind enemy lines. Directed by Steven Spielberg; Saving Private Ryan is particularly notable for the intense and violent nature of its opening 24 minutes, where it depicts American, Canadian, and British coalition forces landing in Omaha beach. Spielberg chose Omaha beach out of many other landing sites as it was one of the bloodiest battle fields taking the lives of over 15,000 American soldiers. In Saving Private Ryan Spielberg's aim was to bring realism and authenticity into the movie, making the terrors and triumphs of D-Day more than just make-believe. In this essay I will analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan both shocking and realistic and say how effective I find it as an introduction to the film. ...read more.

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The audience see the water turn red with blood and are meant to feel that they are there with these men. We are shown the view of the beach and the soldiers being mowed down by the spraying bullets from the German machine-gunners point of view. This is an over-shoulder shot to show the audience their power and authority over the Americans. The scene ends with a distinct absence of sound as Tom Hank's character Captain Miller goes into momentary shock as he realises the brutal nature of what is going on around him. Once captain miller recovers from his confused state the audience watch the men regroup and make their way up the beach. We see many fatalities of soldiers in mid and long shots. The audience are not spared any details of the horrific way these men die. They are shot, burnt and shelled with explosives. One soldier is shot at, the bullet ricochets of his helmet, he then takes of his helmet in amazement and is then shot in the head. There are also extreme graphical representations of war brutalities. One soldier is lying on the ground with his entrails hanging out of his body and is crying for his mother. ...read more.

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I believe that Spielberg not only achieved his aims to create such a realistic film but actually individualised Saving Private Ryan by making it unique from other war films; unlike the typical war film which is usually triumph over anonymous villains. Saving Private Ryan explores the audience's emotions deeply by creating a sense of hurt, anger, sadness and patriotism. The effect the first opening 24 minutes had on me as the audience was a sense of calm and then suddenly a tidal wave of chaos and disorientation of the battle, the film was not just entertaining but gave me an insight into not just the physical pain that the soldiers went through but the emotional turmoil of what they were facing and if they will make it out alive. Overall I think that Saving Private Ryan was a great piece of cinematography and the realism of the opening 24 minute tour de force makes it a pleasure to watch. However this is not a film that will please everyone as is the case with all war films; nevertheless it is a brilliantly directed motion picture that breaks the stereotypes of men of war being heroic fighting machines into men that were frightened and confused as it so likely was. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammed Israr 10x1 ...read more.

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