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The subject position in a film is with whom the audience member most closely identifies with throughout the film The subject position is created both by the filmmaker and by the audience that views the film In many films about the American intervention in Southeast Asia the films create a spectator position that initially is different from American national identity but by the end of the movie the subject position usually comes in line with the views widely held by Americans Examples of these types of Vietnam films are Platoon and China Gate But some films in this sub-genre stray from this pattern One example of a film about Vietnam in which the subject position does not change is Apocalypse Now In Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola creates an unstable subject position that is different from most other films about Vietnam In Coppolas film the subject position remains fixed to something other than that of American national identity In Apocalypse Now Coppola uses the figure of Captain Willard Martin Sheen to create a subject position Coppola wants the audience to experience the film through the eyes and thoughts of Captain Willard This is accomplished mainly through the use of voice over narration and point of view shots that occur throughout the film The film uses voice over narration to reveal Willards thoughts to the audience members and reveals his feelings Point of view shots abound throughout the film allowing the spectator to see what Willard sees The combination of the two elements almost forces the viewer to identify with Willard The audience member knows whom the story is about They experience the film through Willards thoughts and gaze The subject position is also created by oppositions to Willards character in other words Willards other In Apocalypse Now there are many others One such other that helps to create the subject position is Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore Robert Duvall Kilgore is portrayed as a fearless
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