Essay on Film Analysis of Saving Private Ryan and It's Depiction

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Film Analysis of Saving Private Ryan and It's Depiction

The D-Day landings were a significant event in history, so significant that two films have been made about it. The first one is The Longest Day directed by Darryl Zanuck in the 1960s and the second one is Saving Private Ryan directed by Steven Spielberg in the 1990s. AS these films were made in different decades the audiences expectations and tolerances of films differ considerably. The aim of Spielberg was to shock audiences from the very beginning of the film whereas the D-Day landings don’t feature until an hour into the film, The Longest Day is more informative than Saving Private Ryan as it features actual news reel and documentary.
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The character of Captain Miller is played by Tom Hanks and part way through the confusion it seems as though Miller is observing everything instead of taking part in fighting for his country, it’s as if he has been temporarily deafened, some terror is seen in Miller’s eyes when he picks up his helmet and puts it on his head and the bloodied water streams down his face. This shows that already there are wounded and deceased soldiers. Hanks’ make up has purposely been made to make him look pale and scared of the surroundings he is in. Miller is then brought back from his deafness to reality when a young soldier asks what should he do.

With war there are injuries and death, but in quite a few clips of the film the injured are carrying on with their orders and trying not to worry about their wound, the only soldiers who aren’t fighting are those who were killed. There are several shock scenes in this film; one of them being that the surviving soldiers take the weapons and ammunition from the recently deceased, this is shocking to general people because we don’t know
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