It’s widely hailed as the most realistic representation of war ever put on screen, and one of the most challenging battle scenes in an epic war film. This week, on Art of the Scene, in honor of the 71st anniversary of D-Day, we’re looking at the storming of Omaha Beach from Saving Private Ryan.
Steven Spielberg’s take on this historic battle aimed to do honor to those who fought, and the result is a realistic - and very human - perspective on the chaos of war. But getting the scene put to film was an enormous challenge for everyone involved. From intense military training for the cast, to intensive attention to detail from the costume and art departments, re-creating this seminal historical moment was a mission for hundreds of filmmaking pros.
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