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A kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat that ranks as one of the greatest war films ever produced. Taking place during the World War II battle for Guadalcanal.

The Thin Red Line, contrasts the beautiful with the horrible, features stunning landscapes and beautifully executed shots on the one hand, but on the other, shows the fears and emotions of a group of soldiers fighting the conflict of Guadalcanal during the Second World War. The movie was released alongside another modern classic war film in the same year, Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan (1998), however, the two movies couldn’t be more different from another. While Saving Private Ryan got its message across through the grain bleached handheld cinematography by Janus Kaminski, The Thin Red Line‘s focuses on painterly, nearly poetic images. Thus this doesn’t mean, that there is no motion in the (more…)