Analysis of Opening Sequence of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan
'Saving Private Ryan', directed by internationally acclaimed director
Steven Spielberg, was the winner of five academy awards in 1998 which
included best director, cinematography and film editing. The opening
sequence begins with World War 1's historic D-Day invasion of
Omahabeach in June 6th 1944. In this essay I will analyse how
Spielberg uses various techniques to evoke sympathy and shock the
viewer, captures the reality of combat without ever glorifying war
Spielberg used variety of camera shots including close up, medium
shot, long shot, wide-angle shot and high angle ...view middle of the document...
This long shot allows the viewer see a lot more sceneries and see a
lot of action.
Spielberg also uses an underwater camera which gives a great effect
and it makes the scene more realistic, we hear the sound of bullets
fizzing through the water and hitting soldiers and witness their blood
getting mixed with the sea. The horror of war is inescapable, even
under the sea
He also uses variety angle-shots like Wide-Angle shots, High-Angle
shots and Low-Angle shots. Wide Angle shot is what is known as
panoramic view and that gives a lot of action to us. Wide angle shot
gives us simple a wide view, so that we can see lot more scenes and
soldiers than in a normal medium frame.
'Saving Private Ryan' has many poignant scenes in the first twenty
minutes of the film. The first poignant scene is when soldiers jumped
into the water from landing craft and already 10-15 soldiers are
killed in 3-4 seconds. This is how easily can soldiers can get killed
in war and they probably know that 5 or 10 soldiers are going to get
killed at this stage but they still fight.
More than 2,000 U.S service men died in the D-Day landing. Spielberg
also shows us how men can be cruel in war. For example a German
soldier is depicted in fire and an American G.I says "Don't shoot him!
Let him burn!" This seems very cruel but also shows the anger....