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Roberto Tietzmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 16 Sep 1998 03:06:36 -0300
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Some messages ago, "Ed O'Neill" wrote about "Saving Private Ryan"
>Could this add new meaning to the film's use of *hand*-held
I agree with you, Ed. A film director's artistic/aesthetic competence is
measured by how adequate are the choices he or she does to tell the story.
In "Ryan", Spielberg clearly uses the hand held documentary style camera to
set us apart from the common clean and fluid steadicam shots abundant in
other films and "pull us into the action". His choices go further, including
the color processing of the film (in a subtler range of colors), lighting
(many outdoors, a preference for natural lighting) and the fidelity to the
original WWII materials in art direction.
In humble opinion, the patriotic bias of the film is overwhelmed by the
horror and insanity of the war it depicts. As an audience, you soon notice
that war is NOT PRETTY! It is something you wouldn't wish to ANYONE!
Spielberg makes great choices as a director to visually prove this to the
audiences worldwide.
Thank you for your attention,
Roberto Tietzmann
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