The Media Techniques Used to Produce D-day Landing on the Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day

The Media Techniques Used to Produce D-day Landing on the Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day

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The Media Techniques Used to Produce D-day Landing on the Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day



The D-Day landing must have been one of the most brutal battles
between the Americans and the Germans during the World War 2. Both
"Saving Private Ryan" and "The Longest Day" were produced as films to
represent the brutality of what the D-Day was like. However, although
both films were similar in the perspective of the factual storyline,
their standards of filming and production were different due to the
time they were filmed. Darryl F. Zannuk filmed "The Longest day" in
1962 and Steven Spielberg filmed "Saving Private Ryan" in 1998. Zannuk
created the film only after 18 years after the Second World War and
the international affairs were still at its worst due to the cold war
crisis. Therefore the brutality and the accuracy of the fighting in
the film were more vague than Saving Private Ryan. From the
information I gathered the movie seemed quite accurate. The German
High Command was extremely confused during the early hours of the
invasion. Also the scene showing an immense number of troops and the
number advantage over the Germans turned out to be quite accurate
rather than implying that, that scene was there to show patriotism of
the Americans. The information I gathered said that the invasion force
consisted of more than 5,000 ships, 1,200 warships and 13,000
airplanes. Some 90,000 U.S., British, Canadian, and Free French troops
landed on the beaches of Normandy while about 20,000 more came by
parachute or glider. There are as I mentioned, scenes, which
de-emphasised the horror of death in combat. There are also some
scenes in whi...


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... sound effects accurately represents the chaos that is going on in the
battle and in the soldiers mind.

The overall differences between the two films are that The Longest day
is quite an upbeat and positive army movie, which wanted to show
confidence in victory, and that America was totally indestructible,
while "Saving Private Ryan" wanted to point out that War is horrible
and ruthless and has the odds against survival. It also engages the
audience in the movie to show the real feelings and the fear of
soldiers going to war. The treatments of Germans were different in
both films. As "The Longest Day" was positive about victory it showed
the bravery of the Americans and the cowardice of the Germans, whilst
"Saving Private Ryan" showed that they were like some sort of
machines, unforgiving, creating havoc and chaos.

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