Saving Private Ryan: An Excellent Example of the War Film Genre

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Steven Speilberg's Saving Private Ryan The opening 30 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan” is significantly effective as an example to the war film genre. It begins brilliantly with battle between the American and German forces. As the American troops were approaching enemy lines, the representation of the soldiers is that they are just ordinary human beings, not gung-ho. The conscripts were full of anxiety and fear. In fact it’s the very first thing you see with Captain John Miller (played by Tom Hanks) as he is drinking his hand trembles. As for the other soldiers, they seemed terrified of death because some of them were praying to God, or it could be that they are religious. Examples are the sniper kisses his crucifix and the man driving the landing craft said, “May God be with you”. During conflict the American troops appeared to be full of rage and brutality when they shot the prisoners after they had just surrendered. Nevertheless they remain loyal by fighting and risking their lives in a conflict that leads to an ...

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