What does a WW2 Movie Have to be?
- Needs to be factually accurate.
- Needs to be sensitive and respectful towards its subject.
- The ability to gain an emotional response.
Saving private Ryan: Opening Sequence:
- Slow, militaristic music, has connotations to war remembrance. –
- Opens with the American flag – patriotism – dying for their country.
- Opens in the “present day” – an instant emotional response for this character.
- The character’s face is shocked, just before you see the graves.
- Links back to him ‘walking amongst his men’ once more is a sad visual.
- Shot of the character falling in front of the grave
- Shot of the family reinforces the films point that all the soldiers died for something.
- All the rows of graves – Showing the mass of deaths during this war – factual themes. – ‘endless rows’
- A flag is patriotic.- covering the screen – a clear and strong theme
- The flags colours are desaturated – shows how time has passed –
- Low angle looking up at the flag showing superiority – themes of heaven and death is shown with the bright light shining down at it.
- An enigma shot – tracking the character feet – not knowing who the person is.
- The character is seen crying at a grave – this is used to not only gain an emotional response but also throws the viewer off.
Second Sequence: The Beach
- The metal ‘X’s’ look like the graves
- there are lots of individual faces, making it feel more personal.
- Instant mass death – reenforcing what was shown in the opening sequence.
- A sudden realisation for the viewer – the bloody, gory deaths – sensitising the viewer to the reality of this war.
- blood red water
- Sound – zoned out – as if from the position of Tom Hanks.
- Realism – very difficult to hear and understand the characters speaking over the gunshots and explosions.
- Film stocks – colours are very desaturated in the beach
- You link the shots of tom, and the old geez because it zooms in on the old geez, and zooms out of tommy boy linking the two g’s.
- Miller’s hand is shaking – adding another layer to the narrative.
- Blood splattered over the camera lens – could add another layer of realism but also b]break the viewers suspension of disbelief – known there is is a camera.
- Action reaction shots – Tom Hanks seeing all the horror around him. Subjective positioning – especially the image of the man looking around for his arm – showing the shock and senselessness during this.