18 years old this year, Saving Private Ryan is one of the foremost WWII movies ever made, and the beach landing scene can claim at least half the responsibility for that.
So how DID Spielberg manage to make such an iconic scene? Lets break it down.
Spielberg is a master, and this is a great overview of how he managed to immerse the audience in the chaos of combat, while keeping every single moment crystal clear. (If you’re interested in the many logistical challenges behind filming the beach scene, Art of the Scene covered many of those in this video.) Other filmmakers could learn a thing or two or two hundred from him.