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Different Depictions of War Moviemakers have the power to portray the world the way they see it And because there are so many different directors out there we as viewers are presented with a variety of interpretations If a director sees love as a game then it is so at least until their hour and 45-minute tale of two playful lovers comes to an end If he or she believes society to be corrupt then we will see it as such on her or his recorded picture of the world And if one director thinks of war as completely disastrous while another sees glory in it then we would find ourselves viewing two contrasting depictions of war Two recent films that exemplify this circumstance are Steven Speilbergs Saving Private Ryan and Roland Emmerichs The Patriot Both movies are about an historic war both were made around the same time and yet both create an entirely different image of war With the use of dramatic literary and cinematic aspects Speilberg and Emmerich present their opinions as well as emotions on the screen Ryan takes place during World War II Captain Miller Tom Hanks is given a mission to save Private James Ryan Matt Damon whose three brothers were killed in action The Patriot is the story of a father of seven and veteran of the French and Indian War Although he shows disapproval of the current American Revolution personal vengeance makes him a hero in the war Although the screenplay could account for a films viewpoint it is the directing that creates the visual picture Ironically Both Ryan and The Patriot were written by the same man Robert Rodat This further supports the idea that the directors opinion on a topic is evident in her or his film no matter what the screenwriters thoughts may be Not to mention the fact that a the director usually chooses a script that suits
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