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Gallipoli as the title suggests is a portrayal of the historical event in which thousands of Australian soldiers went off to fight for their country Peter Weir the director of Gallipoli has not simply presented the facts about the war nor has he tried to relay the story of this time instead he has attempted to convey the legend of Gallipoli through the Australians feelings towards the event using pre-existing myths to portray this tragedy of war In this analysis the main method of approach to the study of the film will be focusing on the Australian cultural values and myths that are presented in Gallipoli and how they are conveyed through the use of film techniques and the elements involved Overall through the study of the above it will be shown how Gallipoli works as a cultural text and how readers interpret these cultural meanings Gallipoli starts off being presented in circular narrative revolving around the two central characters Archy and Frank in their two separate environments By commencing the film in this way viewers are given the opportunity to see the differences in character both in their overall appearance as well as their values and beliefs The difference in the appearance of the characters can be read at a connotative level of meaning - Archy is the blonde hair blue eyed candid innocent and naive Noble bushman The clothes he wears are always light in colour as is his complexion symbolising his purity and innocence Frank on the other hand is seen dressed in darker clothes has dark hair and complexion is cunning worldly and a battler We see evidence of this opposition in the fact that Archy is still under parental and adult authority living in the outback in contrast to Frank who is a city boy who does whatever he pleases The first time that these characters meet which is in a championship sprinting race viewers are given
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