Part One: Backgroung Information and Research A. Characters Coach Yoast: he was the original coach of the Titans. He was then replaced by Herman Boone because the two white and black schools combined to become one, and coach Boone was presented the title of head football coach. Innitially Coach Yoast was going to leave the Titans all together and accept a head coaching position at another school the following year, but instead he decided to stay and be the defensive coach under Coach Boone. I think this is a great example of how dedicated Coach Yoast was to the football team, and it exemplifies how he does not let pride stand in the way of his actions. He proved to be a wonderful assett to the team and acted as a roll model for the other white boys joining the Titans. Coach Herman Boone: I think Coach Boone was the strongest, most corageous character in the whole movie. He not only took a team of white football players and a team of black football players and helped to unify them as a whole, but he also helped to create life-long bonds between all of them. Though he had to deal with a lot of racial and social conflict in the beginning, he worked toward integrating the two clashing sides and throughout the movie we see the two sides come together from all aspects. Nicky Boone: Nicky was Coach Herman Boone's nine year-old daughter. She dealt with many hardships growing up because of the fact that she was black, but she seemed to maintain normalcy through many aspects of her life. Like most other nine year-old girls, Nickly loved to play with dolls and always had her hair done in nice braids and wore dresses. I think Nicky was very proud of...
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Sports movies, in a way, are like murder mysteries. The denoument of plots in both genres follow a simple, predictable pattern. The athlete or team in a sports movie must train hard, and then overcome obstacles and challenges on the way to the Big Game, which they will either win or lose, depending on what kind of movie it is. Murder mysteries aren't that different; the detective interprets the clues, overcoming obstacles and challenges along the way before the identity of the murderer is uncovered. These genres work (to the extent that they do) on the drama created in the struggles getting to the Big Game or the courtroom showdown, not necessarily on the actual conclusion of those events. (If you want proof of this, watch an old Columbo rerun; the Columbo shows always gave away the ending at the first and then made the drama hinge on whether Peter Falk could figure out the clues or not.) When watching a movie like Remember The Titans, we know going in that the team is going to win the Big Game; the only question is how. (And of course we know they're going to win; they simply don't make movies about teams that lose the big game. Anyone seen any movies about the Buffalo Bills lately?) In Remember The Titans, we know going in that the "how" is going to be more difficult than usual. Remember The Titans commemmorates the first racially integrated team to win the Virginia high school championship. (I will be generous here and not point out that the Virginia high school football tradition can't hold a candle to the Texas "Friday Night Lights" tradition, but you knew that already, didn't you?) Under the tutelage of their coach, the redoubtable Denzel Washington, the Titans must find a way to play...
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INTRO FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO THANK JOHN FOR HIS KIND WORDS. I OWE YOU A COUPLE OF BODDIES FOR THAT LATER MATE. PERHAPS MORE HERE? MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD NEVER COME, THAT I'D BE STANDING HERE MAKING THE SPEECH OF A NEWLY MARRIED MAN, MYSELF INCLUDED. PEOPLE HAD THEIR DOUBTS ABOUT THIS RELATIONSHIP DUE TO THE DISTANCE BETWEEN BASINGSTOKE AND STOCKTON HEATH. PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD ONLY BE A HOLIDAY ROMANCE BUT I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ONE. ON MY FIRST JOURNEY NORTH TO SEE JUDE - FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE HOLIDAY ( AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW I'M NOT THE WORLDS GREATEST FOR FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS WHILE I AM DRIVING) I RANG JUDE SEVERAL TIMES ON THE WAY APPEARING COOL , CALM AND IN CONTROL – LITTLE DID SHE KNOW WHI;E SHE WAS SEARCHING FOR A SAUCE BOAT, I WAS STRESSING OUT ON THE PHONE TO MY DAD F'ING AND BLINDING ASKING HIM 'WHERE THE HELL AM I ?' AND GETTING HIM TO MAP READ OVER THE PHONE. SHE EVENTUALLY FOUND ME – ON A ROUNDABOUT GOING ROUND FOR THE THIRD TIME. JUDE HAD PREPARED A STEAK DINNER – SOMETHING I RARELY GET NOW AS SHE CAN'T DO THEM IN BATCHES! HAZEL HAS PREPARED JUDE WELL FOR DOMESTIC LIFE – EVEN DOWN TO KEEPING THE EVERLASTING TUB OF LARD IN THE FRIDGE! I HAD THOUGHT ABOUT PROPOSING TO JUDE FOR SOMETIME AND DECIDED TO POP THE QUESTION ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF OUR HOLIDAY IN KEFALONIA. LOOKING BACK NOW THE IDEAL LOCATION WOULD HAVE BEEN LAST YEAR IN VENICE, ON A GONDILIER, AS I'M SURE JUDE WOULD AGREE! LET ME SET THE SCENE FOR YOU – THERE WE WERE WALKING ALONG THE MAIN ROAD, ME LOOKING FOR A CLASSY RESTAURANT. WE CHOSE ONE AND WENT IN (PERHAPS NOT THE BEST CHOICE!)...
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Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, 1992, was the most twisted and sickly perverted guy in the whole movie. He had no reservations about killing people. He was brutal. He loved torture and death. By his own admission he liked to see the peoples' expressions when they died. He was totally ruthless. He had no conscience. I can't really explain why I liked this character so much. I don't ever want to be like him or do the things he did. There was just something attractive about all his negative personality traits. Before he really starts getting into torturing the cop, he casually turns on the radio as if he needed some music to go along with the grizzly acts he was about to commit. He was a man who insisted on having total control. He liked controlling situations and people. When they were in the jewelry store he advised the employees not to hit the alarm. When they did, he started killing them. This was his way of regaining control of the situation. At the same time he was acting out this idea, he was totally out of control. He went crazy in the store, and he slaughtered the people lined up in the store like he was shooting clay ducks in a local carnival shooting gallery. I know this is a contradiction, but Mr. Blonde was a contradiction of himself. He had double standards. He hated the cop just because he was a cop. He didn't recognize him as a real person. Mr. Pink and Mr. White confirm this at the warehouse when they discuss him shooting real people, which cops are not. They say he just went crazy. They seemed to fear his craziness. His calm expression was a cover for the terrible things he did to people....
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Response to "Black Robe" The world views of the French Catholics and the Algonquin Indians differed greatly in this film. Father LaForgue's world view was centered on Jesus Christ. In Father LaForgue's eyes, he was put on this earth to serve Jesus and everything he did was for him. He believed that after life on earth, everybody goes to heaven, which he referred to as "paradise." Being a good human in the French Catholic religion meant having monogamous relationships. It also meant living in a world of non-violence and love. They were not allowed to enjoy flesh. An example of this from the film is when Father LaForgue saw the two people in the woods having sex and he watched on for a minute. After that he whipped himself with a tree branch while he chanted "it's my fault." He was punishing himself for his own sins. Father LaForgue knew what was right and wrong and how the world worked from the Bible. The French Catholics were very strong followers and believers of the Bible. The Algonquin Indians had much different. They believed very strongly in Animism. This belief is that everything has a spirit. They believed in a parallel world. They also believed very strongly in their dreams. One quote of the film that really shows this belief was "Dreams are more real than death or battle." Another example of this point from the film was how the Indian chief continually saw his wife in his dreams. His wife had already passed away but he always saw her in his dream standing in a snowy place. He could never figure out what that place was until he was dying from the arrow wound that he received. When he was dying, he looked up and saw that exact place that he had...
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They're a weird Mob The film 'They're a weird mob' is directed and produced by Michael Powell. This movie is based on an Italian journalist who migrates to Australia in the 1960'. The film goes through some of the problems that emigrants faced in Australia back in those days such as; understanding the language, trying to fit in with the Australian culture, finding jobs, dealing with racism etc…. the film captures most of the issues that faced emigrants while at the same time making the movie funny and also romantic. This film is goes through the journey of an Italian journalist Nino Culotta who leaves his native country 'Italy' to migrate to Australia after his cousin promises him a job as a sports editor for a magazine called 'La Seconda Madre'a. He arrives very green, and much amusement is caused by Nino's taking too literally some of the Australian slang. Nino finds himself in a spot of bother when he goes to see his cousin and learns that he has left the journal, leaving Nino with a 232 pound debt for his ticket that was used to travel to Australia, which his cousin borrowed off Ms Kay Kelly, who later Nino falls in love with. Nino finds it very hard to understand the Australian slang and for a while in the movie refers to King's Cross as King's Bloody Cross. Needing some money to pay back Ms Kay Kelly, Nino applies for a job as a builder's labourer with a bloke by the name of Joe Kennedy. He soon makes friends with his workmates Pat, Dennis and Jimmy after they realise that Nino is a good man, his mates teach him the Aussie lingo and local customs. Every weekend Nino goes to Bondi Beach and visits Ms Kelly so he can make a...
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The Dutchman is a captivating motion picture that deals with the 1960's scrutiny of racism as well as sexuality. A young black man named Clay(Al Freeman, Jr.) is sitting in a subway car minding his own business when he momentarilly looks out of his window. To his surprise he sees a stunning young woman, Lula (Shirley Knight), who returns his glance. She enters the lone subway car and instead of sitting in any one of the numerous empty seats, she sits right alongside Clay. There is just Lula and Clay in the car. Before you know it the director (Anthony Harvey II) breaks barriers of the 1960's. The viewers of the 60'a must have felt so uncomfortable at the thought of a black man and a white woman, especially a beautiful white woman, being in a sexual relationship together. Sparks fly as Lula and Clay flirt outrageously. The odd part of the matter is that it seems as if Lula is deliberately teasing Clay. For instance, Clay and Lula's lips would become so adjacent to each other and then Lula would withdraw. Lula in addition seems to have a psychotic sense of mind when she goes wild to get an orange out of her bag. As the movie progresses more and more people begin to fill the once vacant subway car. Overall the film is an excellent portrayal of what people of the sixties might have thought of racism and sexuality. The film is in black and white and that adds a sense of tension that might come over the viewer watching it. The film is just under an hour long. The ending has a very peculiar twist to it and should keep you thinking for quite some time. The End...
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The Long Walk Home The time in which Odessa lives is unfamiliar to most that was not alive or that did not live in the south. The daily struggle of African Americans of the time is also unfamiliar to whites. There exists a level of prejudice that we could not even imagine today. Odessa, like other black folk sees the injustices that exists and realizes that change is inevitable but not possible without organization and solidarity. The simple idea that blacks are not equal, in any way, to the whites is obviously ludicrous. How can a human being think, that because of the color of one's skin, they are not the same. People of this time even go as far to suggest that blacks are not part of the human race and that they are more closely related to animals. Imagine that? This is an example of how far unchecked thinking could take a person, but in this time many whites feel this way, and the rest have no choice but to abide. If they do not they would be shunned and labeled a "white nigger" which is just about the same as being black. I grew up in two countries, and I am married to a person from yet another country. During my time in the United States, I always lived in the L.A. or San Diego area, which is needless to say, is multi-cultural. I traveled through out the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, and China. I take great interest in areas of countries that are not culturally the same as the rest. For example, Hong Kong with its slightly British twist, or New Orleans with its Cajun culture, or even Tijuana and the amount of poverty and crime, and Okinawa where everyone speaks both Japanese and English. Because of my past,...
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Citizen Kane Having success the first time around is very uncommon. Orson Welles's first feature film richly realizes the full potential of excellent craftsmanship. Citizen Kane is almost indisputably the greatest achievement in the history of filming. In 1941, this film was considered by many as the best film ever made. This film is about the enormous conflict between two twentieth-century icons, publisher William Randolph Hearst and the prodigy of his time, Orson Welles. The rather overwhelming beginning of an opening sequence is still as electrifying as any in the history of movies. That tarnished sign on a forbidding black wire fence is the first thing we see in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is a movie about perception and projection. Indeed, with the complex theme the whole movie seems to be placed in a kind of psychological trauma for the viewers. Citizen Kane is a portrait of a public and private figure that remains tantalizingly unfinished. Excellent acting was revealed for the first time as these new roles played out. Orson Welles was a director ahead of his time and his portrayal of Kane shows his acting ability. This film is one of the first films to rely heavily on style and visuals, Citizen Kane uses camera, lighting, and set techniques to show Kane's rise and fall from power. The movie as a whole -- though as artistically satisfying as a picture can get -- also leaves us with certain unexplicated pieces of Kane's life that only we, as viewers of Citizen Kane, can put together for ourselves. There's no doubt that Citizen Kane is a great movie. It is a pioneering film that forever changed film making. Its plot is one of the most creative and original in all of movie history. Citizen Kane is a brilliantly made film. I can't really take the full impact of it because it was made in 1941, and all the film techniques Welle's used, are used frequently today. Nowadays,...
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I came into the theatre expecting. Expecting what? Well, everything. It is not that I had heard friends or other movie reviewers raving about the film, it was because I had seen the first two movies of this series myself. Not many films can challenge the brain in such an obscure manner as this trilogy does. As Keanu Reeves stated, "The first film was about birth, the second about life and the third about death." Many of us didn't even understand the first film yet loved it because of that. As we watched it over and over, the pieces began to fall into place. Then, dutifully, we went to see the second. It was hard to know what to expect, but somehow this film was better than the first. A single fighting scene with Neo (Keanu Reeves) and the Smiths was longer than all the fight scenes in the first Matrix put together. Again we left the movie theatre smiling. Then we arrive at the final show. The last hurrah. The end. I am sure many of you were just like me, eager to see this final epic in the masterful trilogy. We had lived through Mr. Anderson's transformation into Neo. We saw him bend walls, overcome agents and fall in love. We are a part of this film as much as it is a part of us. My very existence was defined as I lined up to view this finale. The perfect ending to the perfect story. We all watched these films amazed by the details. For example, how Morpheus's glasses stayed on his face and that walking with your hands crossed behind your back would look extremely odd if it were to be performed by any other person. Maybe the fact that Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) looks amazingly older in the...
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In my concusion I thank rick is the hero,because he was the man that was in love with the woman that broke his heart but he still stuck by her side. Also Rick and Victor were both patriots from the U.S.Rick is also a hero because he was one of the big man in Casablanca. The movie, Casablanca,is a classic, voted among the top 100 movies ever made. The hero Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart,was voted the second most heroic character in movie history ,second only to Attics Finch, played by the late Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mocking Bird. The movie is set in Casablanca during World War 2. Although ostensibly ruled by the French, the city is really under control of the German military. Into this city comes refugees from throughout Erope, hoping to gain passage for a flight to the United States an freedom. Among the city inhabitants is Rick, the owner of Rick's cabaret and gambling joint. Rick is cynical, claiming allegianceto no one but himself. Through unfortunate circumstances, Rick acquires two letter of transit which would allow whoever has them to fly to the US. Into his his life that very night ,Ilsa, Rick's lover in Paris, enter his cabaret with her husband, the freedom fighter, Victor Lazlo, who has recently escaped a Nazi concentration camp.Ilsa finds out Rick has the letters and wants to leave with him. SOoin my opinoni the language might seem trite to give you the fact that it was filmed some 60 years ago. at the time, though, it was considered fresh and new....
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Rocky II and Rocky III "Yo Adrian, I did it!" That line will forever be planted in millions of people's minds along with the vision of Rocky Balboa holding up his title belt after beating Apollo Creed at the end of Rocky II. After that came Rocky III, Rocky IV, and Rocky V. People always say that every Rocky movie is the same. They think the purpose for every one of the Rocky movies is for Sylvester Stallone to take his shirt off, and for Rocky to always come out on top. People who think that have obviously not really watched the movies very closely, because this is not the case. From one Rocky movie to the next, you start to see Rocky, along with all of the other characters, grow and mature right before your eyes. This is the case from Rocky II to Rocky III, along with many other differences. Whether it is the character growth and development, the plot of the movies, Rocky's physique, the fighting sequences, or training scenes, Rocky II and Rocky III are very different movies. The character development from Rocky II to Rocky III is what makes the movies drastically different. At the beginning of Rocky II, Rocky is in the hospital recovering from the beating he took in the first movie. When Rocky gets out, he is even dumber than when he went in, and if you have seen the first Rocky, that means he is really dumb. Rocky becomes very famous because he is the only fighter to go the full fifteen rounds against Apollo Creed and still be standing at the end of the fight. Due to his success against Creed, Rocky gets to be in commercials. This is a dumb move for Rocky because he is so illiterate he can't even...
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Romeo and Juliet throughout time: Similarities and Difference Shakespeare wrote the unforgettable love story of Romeo of Juliet many years ago. This story has been re-told many times and in many different ways. The 1996 updated movie version and 1968 original movie version of Romeo and Juliet is a story about the love of two people who could not be together because of their feuding families. The similarities of the movie have an important role on the force of the movie. When Romeo Montago and Juliet Capulet, first met they fell in love. It was not until later in the story when they figured out that they were each other's rivals. After watching both version of the movie, I found that there were a lot of differences in the movies. There were also was a lot of similarity but the similarities were superficial. Some of the differences were so minor but they made a big impact in the plot of the movie. In the beginning of both of the movie they give a dialogue explaining the feud between the families. Both movies also show strong sexual desire between Romeo and Juliet. The introduction discusses the fate of the two star crossed lovers and they also use the same words of speech. In both movies, a barrier that kept the two lovers together was their last name and families. In both movies there is a lot of music in the scenes to help give the viewer a sense of what is going on. The music also helps you spot the most important parts of the movie. To my surprise, I discovered that a major difference was that the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet was more violent. In the 1996 version of the movie the characters used guns when they would fight each other....
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Film Analysis Of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, filmed in 1997, directed by Baz Luhrmann. A good production, like many by this director. Camera techniques at the maximum, excellent soundtrack and well cast actors in it´s corresponding characters. Like I said a good filming production, even though it´s not an outstanding characterisation of the Shakespearean play. For me there are some little details that don´t let this film be equivalent to the play. The language and some actors are two of the factors that may be included in this list. But after all the movie itself is a creative piece of art, how Luhrmann plays with all camera effects its unbelievable. So finally I can say that this "Romeo and Juliet" movie can be used to teach the same play, but after studying it deeply and totally. This "Shakespearean" movie is summarised very easily as obviously has the same plot as the play. Two households, the Capulets and the Montagues, both alike in dignity in fair Verona. From years they've hated each other , heat that will take a pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives; death that made bury their parents rage against each other. There are three main differences between the movie and the play. First of all and the most commercial one is the change of real Italians into immigrant ones into the USA. This is a commercial hint, because with the change of scenery younger audience will like to see the movie. Then there is the fact of the balcony scene which is crucial for the development of the movie. The movie shows this balcony scene from a pool, this different type of scenery is because of all the symbols that Luhrmann plays with, in this one, water. The final and more emotional is the death of...
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"Tis the east and Juliet is the sun…", a famous quote from Shakespeare's world-renowned tragedy,...
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Is anyone actually responsible for the deaths of Romeo And Juliet?. From the beginning we know that their going to die, the prologue tells us, "From forth the fatial Loins of them two foes" and it also says, "A pair of star-cross'd Lovers take their lives" The prologue is therefore telling the reader that other forces besides earthly ones are in control of our lover's lives. We know that Romeo is deeply interested in the heavens, to the point where they might well obsess him. there is various examples of this, "I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night's revels and expire the term" and "Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars" Towards the end of the play Romeo is quite convinced that sooner or later something terrible will happen to him, which persuades him that it might be better that he delt the fatal act by his own hand. This gives us an indication that Romeo himself is probably the greatest single cause for their deaths. It is obvious that he is a romantic falling in and out of love. His actions are based on the spur of the moment decisions, rather than cool, logic. For example; within 24 hours of falling in love with Juliet he is married to her. Because of the feud between their respective families Romeo would have undoughtly been in many fights. Which indicates another side to his personality; one, which has no fear. This is clearly shown after Tybalt kills Mercutio. Romeo instantly retaliates dishing out the same fatal punishment to Tybalt, which he does without stopping to think. Another example of his impulsive nature is when, after hearing of Juliet's death he decides there and then to...
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Baz Luhrmann's film Romeo + Juliet is a highly successful film as an appropriation of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The language and plot are similar to the play with only slight editing but it is set in a modern context with contemporary values and attitudes. These are relevant to modern viewers yet still focus on the same ideas that Shakespeare's play conveyed to an Elizabethan audience. Luhrmann has successfully made use of music, costuming, visual imagery and a mix of genres to shape our perception of themes, setting and characters. Elements are appropriated so that the film will entertain and be understood by today's society. The language and plot of the film is very similar to Shakespeare's original play. Shakespeare's language has been retained but sections have been edited out and scenes altered. However this does not limit our understanding as ideas have been replaced by images, which may in fact communicate a clearer meaning. The narrative style focuses not on the text, but on the visual and audio elements that contemporary audiences are familiar with. An example is in the opening scene of the film, when the prologue is shown. In addition to having it read aloud by the newsreader, Luhrmann includes in a montage of clips such as helicopters over the city, violence in the streets and the Capulet vault as a visual representation of the prologue. In doing this Luhrmann acknowledges Shakespeare's idea of the Prologue being a story within a story and its importance in the play. For a modern audience, the Prologue is much easier to understand when presented in a visual manner. Music also plays an important role in establishing the mood and atmosphere of the film. The music during the montage is powerful and dramatic and is continued at relevant times...
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Run Lola Run The language that Voltov discovered has inspired the works of many filmmakers from all over the world. The film Run Lola Run (1999) by Tom Tykwer, is probably one of the most innovative films of today's Hollywood style movie, which many similar filming and editing techniques originated in Voltov's Man with a Movie Camera. Tykwer uses a number of different ways to film Lola as she runs to save her no good boyfriend from certain death. From an artistic point of view, the editing deserves most of the credit for all of the intensity that is felt by the viewer. Run Lola Run has a very complex story, which is very interesting on its own. However by using the avant-garde techniques of filming and editing developed and mastered by Vertov, the movie becomes alive and fast-paced keeping the audience in suspence at all times. In Run Lola Run, Lola has twenty minutes to find 100,000 marks if she is to save the life of Manni, her boyfriend who lost the money which was picked up by a homeless person on the subway. Manni has until 12 o'clock noon to get the money, or his boss, a drug dealer, will kill him. Lola runs into the streets of Berlin attempting to find the money one way or another. From the opening frames of the movie, several "visual treats" set the tone of the film. There is a clock sound with animation of a huge clock at warp speed. With the aid of accelerated speed of the frames, dissolves, thousands of people are passing into and out frame. Within these thousands of people, certain characters, which are later introduced into the story, are focused on for a split second. This foreshadowing technique, hints who some of the characters are, in the film....
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Here we have a teenage country girl that heard voices that told her to help Charles become the King of France and do the will of God. In order to do this, she needed to lead an army to remove the English from Reims. She was able to convince the King to provide her with a small army to accomplish this. Joan was eventually captured at Compiegne when she was left outside and couldn't get on the drawbridge in time. Joan was captured and found guilty of going against the church and was burned. During the whole process, Joan displayed ethical values such as Courage, Integrity, Loyalty, Respect, Self-Discipline, and Truth. Joan proved herself to be a great warrior. She led charges and rallied people by informing them that they had a duty or responsibility to drive out the English. In addition she was also a good leader. Throughout the scenes, Joan was able to motivate the people to listen to her and get them to do as she wanted them to do. This was only achieved through her self-confidence, determination, and her courage. She did a good job of keeping a clean army in that she had her soldiers believing in doing the right thing and that the right thing was doing God's will. When people mentioned France, they actually were referring to the land of France. However, through Joan's leadership, she was able to bring about a paradigm in that the people started to recognize that there was a possibility of having two nations or two kings or separate entities. Joan proved herself to be a true patriot by explaining in court that God wanted the English to stay in their own lands. It is also clear that Joan was a true Catholic. She did not want to submit to...
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After the carnage at Omaha Beach, we find out that one of the men who died on the beach, Daniel Ryan, also had two other brothers, Sean and Matthew, who die in the same week. This leaves Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) as Mrs Ryan's only living son. General Marshall (Harve Presnell), who is not down there, experiencing the bloodshed, decides that he must do the "proper" thing and sends a platoon off its course from Normandy, with the sole intent being to bring Private Ryan home alive. The platoon, led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), includes his faithful right hand man, Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore), the sarcastic Private Reiben (Edward Burns), terrified French/German translator Corporal Upham (Jeremy Davies), and Privates Jackson (Barry Pepper), Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi). As they make their way through German held territory, they wonder, as do we, whether the lives of an entire platoon of men are worth risking just to save one, for what looks to be a public relations stunt. Thankfully, the film doesn't answer these questions. Steven Spielberg have made an amazing effort showing the tragedy of war, at least so I think. A wounded man on the beach tries to stuff his entrails back into his stomach. A soldier gets his arm completely shot off, then stands there in a world of his own, exposed to all sorts of fire, before coming to and picking the lost arm up off the ground -- as if he'll be able to use it later. A bullet hits a young soldier's helmet, which shields him from the brunt of the blow. He takes off the helmet, smiles, and looks up as if to thank God -- as another bullet shatters his uncovered skull and chunks of his brain matter...
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