Movie Analysis Research/Essay on WWII

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Saving Private Ryan was the latest in a number of movies dealing with WWII which appeared about the time that the realization started to spread that in fact this generation was starting to pass away at a rapid rate. The idea of the movie was to commemorate this "greatest generation" (Brokaw, 2004)before it was too late.


Is the search for one man among millions either rational or moral, considering the numbers of men who are risked in the operation
Essentially this is a rhetorical question that is never answered, but along the way Spielberg examines many characteristics of WWII, especially of the D-day landings and the final year of the war which subsequently occurred. The theme of memory is essential to Saving Private Ryan: - the film starts with an elderly man walking along the now peaceful seashore of France, closely followed, but at a respectful distance, by his family. He is obviously remembering things that they cannot possibly understand, but which they will be a witness to. In many ways the dutiful family are representative of the movie's audience (the vast majority of whom did not fight on D-Day) as well as perhaps Steven Spielberg himself.
One of the major differences between Saving Private Ryan and other movies which have attempted to show a more positive aspect to war (for example The Longest Day) is that Spielberg is not attempting to whitewash the full horrors of war. ...
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