Analysis of the Methods Used to Make the Opening Battle Sequence of Saving Private Ryan Shocking and Realistic

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Analysis of the Methods Used to Make the Opening Battle Sequence of Saving Private Ryan Shocking and Realistic The Oscar winning wartime epic, Saving Private Ryan, produced by Steven Spielberg was set in 1998, with an opening half hour sequence that was shattering in its realism and ruthless in its depiction of violence. Saving Private Ryan breaks some of the traditional conventions of the war film genre as hand held cameras operating at incredibly fast shutter speeds, capture the chaos and confusion dozens of soldiers undergo whilst battling for their lives and nation at …show more content…
We see both American and French flags at this scene symbolizing a peace between the two. The music accompanying this scene is a calm patriotic melody which would make us, the audience feel calm. We’re then shown that the man is rushing towards a grave site as we see an establishing shot of a breath taking number of graves, rows and columns which we recognise to be the gravesite of those whom had died in a war. The elderly man reaches a particular grave, at which he falls to his knees before. The camera at this point is perfectly still from a higher angle view down upon the man and showing his family several feet behind him. The camera just at a still portrays a calm mood. Then the camera focuses on the elderly man’s face and slowly progresses into an extreme close up onto his eyes. His eyes seem to fill with thought and possibly memory and the patriotic music seem to rise dramatically. The transition form pat to present then takes place and we are brought to a scene of ocean waves crashing up against iron hedgehogs. The sound had gone from calm to violent crashing, this gives an impression of a turn of events and we recognise that we must have been brought into the past by the fact that the man was elderly.

Through most of this opening scene we notice that there
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