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How do the two films, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, in which directors use...

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danielb77 | Valedictorian

Posted May 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM via web

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How do the two films, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, in which directors use good techniques--such as appropriate music, costumes and settings--to explain human conscience thus proving that humans can endure a multitude of extreme conditions, create a new insight on society?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Both films use the natural elements, relationships of proximity between characters, class and rank distinctions between characters and mise en scene to explain human conscience and to show how humans can endure a multitude of extreme conditions.

In Schindler's List, the snow, the proximal distances, the military uniforms and the class differences in costumes shows the great divisions between characters and the isolating circumstances they endure.

In Ryan, the weather and barrenness, the alternation between close proximity and distant proximity, the uniforms and weapons of war shows the unity in the midst of divisive conditions that exists between characters who have one goal amongst themselves.

Two insights produced pertain to inner dignity in the face of all odds (Schindler) and unity of humanity in the face of overwhelming odds (Ryan).

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