“1917” uses a unique visual language to tell its personal tale of heroism during World War I. Over the years, many films about war have relied on visual choices. Here are seven of my favorites.
“Saving Private Ryan” (1998): Steven Spielberg wins a well-deserved Best Director Oscar for reinventing how Hollywood usually films intense scenes of battle. In his high-voltage opening to this tale of D-Day, Spielberg invents a new visual language that dares to intensify the pain that wars can create. While the rest of the film may return to a more conventional approach, Spielberg’s opening sets a tone that will influence many directors, including how Sam Mendes approaches “1917.”