Essay on The Opening Sequence of Saving Private Ryan

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The Opening Sequence of Saving Private Ryan

In Analyzing Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ I realized that I can not base a movie only on realism. I think a good movie has to have some kind of character or formalism to carry the viewer through these realistic scenes. In my critique I wish to point out some uses of realism and camera effects in the movie saving Private Ryan. In my eyes saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. Although the movie is nearly three hours in length, it is evenly distributed and takes on a powerful subject. I think ‘Saving Private’ Ryan was not another war movie; I
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In the opening scene of the film we witness a old man who we come to find out is private Ryan walking down what seems to be a path with a group of people with cameras walking behind him. As the man reaches the end of the path we see a large war cemetery with all the crosses lined up in a row. Soon after we see him fall to his knees and break down in tears. This whole scene is very powerful and gives off a great deal of shock to the audience as the scale of death is shown through the mass of white crosses witch practically covers the whole site and the music that sets the mood is very dull and the camera angles portray the scale of death perfectly. The audience should feel a sense of pity for the man as he has clearly lost someone in the terrible tragedy of war. This scene will also make sense of the rest of the film. At the end of this scene we have a close up of the mans eyes and the sounds of waves crashing and then it cuts to the d-day landing which is the transition from present to past.

The scene opens with a panning out shot of Omaha beach with the waves crashing up on the empty beach apart from the hoards of tank traps. You hear a faint

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