Opening Battle Scenes in "Saving Private Ryan," Directed by Steven Spielberg

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Saving Private Ryan was directed by Steven Spielberg in 1998. It was written by Robert Rodat, who was inspired to write a script based on a monument he had visited which was dedicated to four brothers from the American Civil War. Some famous actors star in the film including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel and Tom Sizemore. I think Saving Private Ryan is very emotional and has a great effect on the audience. This is because of all the action and emotions that the soldiers are going through in the battle, and it also shows what really happened in the . In this essay I am going to write about the four sections in the opening battle scene.

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The first section of the film is opened with an extreme close up of a faded
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The date is 6th June 1944. You see all of the soldiers praying, and they all look very nervous since they have no idea what will happen to them in battle. As they are all praying for survival, you feel very saddened by the thoughts of the soldiers never having a life if they get killed, and you also see a man with a wedding ring on which shows he has left his whole family behind back home, as well as his wife. It all goes silent, and it gets you wondering what is coming next. You get a long shot of all the American soldiers, then suddenly there is an absolute frenzy of gunfire killing most of them. They are all being killed before they have even set foot on the beach which is very shocking to watch. They are running to the beach, desperate not to be caught in the shooting. When you hear Captain Miller call out “I’ll see you on the beach!” you feel a sense of doubt, as you know not all of them will make it that far.

It is all just chaos as they are getting fired at, blown up by explosives or even drowning. You see an over shoulder shot of the enemy, and at that point you feel as if you are part of the opposition, and the high angle shot makes you see how much of a bad position the Americans are in. The camera then goes back to the shore, and it bobs up and down underwater, as if to make out it is a soldiers view of the struggle to get onto the beach. Even though they are underwater, the
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