Analysis of Opening Sequence of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan

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Analysis of Opening Sequence of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan 'Saving Private Ryan', directed by internationally acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, was the winner of five academy awards in 1998 which included best director, cinematography and film editing. The opening sequence begins with World War 1's historic D-Day invasion of Omahabeach in June 6th 1944. In this essay I will analyse how Spielberg uses various techniques to evoke sympathy and shock the viewer, captures the reality of combat without ever glorifying war itself. Spielberg used variety of camera shots including close up, medium shot, long shot, wide-angle shot and high angle shot. He used the hand held camera which gives a…show more content…
This long shot allows the viewer see a lot more sceneries and see a lot of action. Spielberg also uses an underwater camera which gives a great effect and it makes the scene more realistic, we hear the sound of bullets fizzing through the water and hitting soldiers and witness their blood getting mixed with the sea. The horror of war is inescapable, even under the sea He also uses variety angle-shots like Wide-Angle shots, High-Angle shots and Low-Angle shots. Wide Angle shot is what is known as panoramic view and that gives a lot of action to us. Wide angle shot gives us simple a wide view, so that we can see lot more scenes and soldiers than in a normal medium frame. 'Saving Private Ryan' has many poignant scenes in the first twenty minutes of the film. The first poignant scene is when soldiers jumped into the water from landing craft and already 10-15 soldiers are killed in 3-4 seconds. This is how easily can soldiers can get killed in war and they probably know that 5 or 10 soldiers are going to get killed at this stage but they still fight. More than 2,000 U.S service men died in the D-Day landing. Spielberg also shows us how men can be cruel in war. For example a German soldier is depicted in fire and an American G.I says "Don't shoot him! Let him burn!" This seems very
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