Comparing The Media Techniques Used to Present the D-Day Landings in the Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan

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Comparing The Media Techniques Used to Present the D-Day Landings in the Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan

The heroism and bravery of those who took part in the D-Day has been brought to the big screen from several perspectives. 1939-1945 were some of the most horrific times in the broad spectrum of human conflict ever seen by mankind with unmatched weapons of devastation and the senseless slaughter of millions of lives both on and off the fields of battle. The Longest Day (1962) is a brilliant rendition of the famous D-Day invasion of Normandy. The film is quite accurate, depicting the perspectives of all sides of the war involved in the event. Multiple viewpoints give the film an objective feel, as
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One scene in SPR reinforces how death takes its time. One soldier had his arm blown off, then stoops down to pick it up. Spielberg has managed to give us a clearer indication of war merely by using the latest technology available to him.

Camera techniques are imperative to each film. By using different techniques, the director can create various moods, or change our perception on the whole film. We would expect the techniques in Saving Private Ryan to be more sophisticated, as it is quite a modern film. The Longest Day is filmed and edited in a way, which uses the panning shot so it is edited quite slowly. The camera is placed to show as much action as possible. Zanuck has used the panning and aerial shots to illustrate a large-scale action, without much personal involvement. It is more respectful as it leaves out much dwelling on physical violence of war where in contrast, Spielberg exposes war as it is in the sense that there is a high level of violence and death. In the Longest Day, when the soldiers are running across the beach, the camera moves along with them. The camera also flicks close up to the allies. The Americans are portrayed as being faultless while the Germans are revealed as being

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