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gglass4269
07-11-09, 01:42 PM
Seeing how this is my favorite film, I'm really intrigued as to what films Speilberg looked at for inspiration. I just finished OVERLORD which shared alot of similarities with the opening shot of the men in the Higgins boat.

Dr Mabuse
07-11-09, 01:49 PM
A technically masterful opening sequence followed by a mediocre-to-crappy war film?

gglass4269
07-11-09, 01:52 PM
Overlord did come out about 23 years earlier then SPR...

Mr. Salty
07-11-09, 02:16 PM
As far as the filmmaking style, I don't know. But the plot was inspired by the true story of the Sullivan brothers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_brothers).

cranberries fan
07-11-09, 02:37 PM
My guess was that he wanted to make a John Ford war movie for the 90's

Mondo Kane
07-11-09, 02:40 PM
There are a few Kurosawa influences.

The solider who picks his severed arm up during the fighting (Forgot which Kurosawa film originated this)

And the scene when Upham is watching a battle from the distance is reminiscent of the spy-abduction sequence from Seven Samurai when Katsushiro watches the event from a distance.

NoirFan
07-11-09, 02:59 PM
The solider who picks his severed arm up during the fighting (Forgot which Kurosawa film originated this)

Do you mean Yojimbo, in which a stray dog carries a human hand in it's mouth?

Trout
07-11-09, 03:05 PM
As far as the filmmaking style, I don't know. But the plot was inspired by the true story of the Sullivan brothers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_brothers).

Actually, it was closer to the story of the Niland Brothers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niland_brothers)

JimRochester
07-11-09, 03:10 PM
I know Spielberg is a WWII buff and being Jewish has a lot of meaning for him personally. It is also one of my favorite films and at the top of my list for upgrades to Blu-ray.

Hokeyboy
07-11-09, 03:57 PM
I know Spielberg is a WWII buff and being Jewish has a lot of meaning for him personally. It is also one of my favorite films and at the top of my list for upgrades to Blu-ray.
Steven Spielberg is JEWISH?!

William Fuld
07-11-09, 05:23 PM
Cornel Wilde's Beach Red was a big influence on SPR and The Thin Red Line.

NoirFan
07-11-09, 05:37 PM
Steven Spielberg is JEWISH?!

You wouldn't think it from looking at his last name, but it's true. He was born Steven Spielstein, but changed his name once he got to Hollywood because he was worried it would sound too "ethnic".

RocShemp
07-11-09, 05:58 PM
Steven Spielberg is JEWISH?!

I thought he was a Mexican. :hscratch:

NoirFan
07-11-09, 06:00 PM
I thought he was a Mexican. :hscratch:

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/besh1/spielbergo-image-160boxart_160w.jpg

Navinabob
07-11-09, 06:15 PM
If I had to guess I'd say he stole everything from the secret CIA files on Frank Dux.

RocShemp
07-11-09, 06:52 PM
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/besh1/spielbergo-image-160boxart_160w.jpg

Now who's a bright penny? ;)

ken_572002
07-11-09, 11:30 PM
Spielberg's biggest influences for Saving Private Ryan were:

1) The highly, highly acclaimed "The Story Of GI Joe"
2) "The Fighting Sullivans"

cdollaz
07-11-09, 11:41 PM
He's actually a Mexican Jew.

gglass4269
07-12-09, 12:00 AM
He's actually a Mexican Jew.

I fking hate this site

The Bus
07-12-09, 09:27 AM
Really disappointing that no one has mentioned this yet.

<img src="http://camerastyloonline.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/comeandseepreview3.jpg">

gglass4269, Spielberg's style from SPR seems to come, IMHO at least in part, from Elem Klimov's Idi I Smotri (Come and See).

You should check it out.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091251/

Desslok
07-12-09, 11:43 AM
Check out a film called "A Walk in the Sun".