Saving Private Ryan Film Techniques

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Saving Private Ryan is an award winning 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg that documented D-Day on June 6, 1944 and the atrocities the men in battle went through. The film received 5 Oscars, 74 other rewards, and was nominated for another 74 awards. The film has also been appraised by Royal Marines that played as extras in the film and after the release of the film in 1998 the number of people that visited the American cemetery at St. Laurent increased due to the graphic content that was shown, which caused people to want to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers. Though the film was able to emphasize that war is brutal with the help of Spielberg’s cinematography techniques it was not one hundred percent historically accurate, even …show more content…
This included using shots that were shot close to the ground to imitate a member of the AFPU not trying to get hit, not editing out mistakes during shooting, and creating movement with the camera using a shakes lens. This can be seen in the beginning of the film when the American Allies invade Omaha beach and the camera operator is recording like they are crouched over when running onto the beach, the camera is shaking side to side when the men are running to cover, and occasionally, the screen the viewer is watching shakes when artillery or a mine goes off to make it feel as though this was actually recorded during D-Day, while blood hits the camera lens. However, recordings from actual footage on D-Day dismiss these types of events Spielberg used, which is shown in another film called The True Glory, 1945, which directed by Carol Reed and Garson …show more content…
Though the film represented that war was brutal and filled with death it excluded key historical events that took place such as the men who served the AFPU and how they could not record the battle nonstop, VK.3001 Panzer Drehturm 37mm guns decimating men besides one machine gunner, the use of U.S tanks and naval bombardments during the battle, the arrangement of men on the boarding crafts, and missing weaponry such as mortar teams and demolition squads with TNT satchels. Even though this film did not represent the Battle of Omaha precisely Spielberg was still able to get the point across that there is nothing glorious about war, which allowed the film to be such a success and still impacts people

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