June, 1982 - The http://filmeducation.org/teachingtrailers/secondary/activities_lebanon.html
First Lebanon War.
A lone tank and a
search a hostile
town - a simple
mission that turns
into a nightmare.
The four members
of a tank crew find
themselves in a
that they cannot
by fear and the
basic instinct of
desperately try not
to lose themselves
in the chaos of war. Director:
The trailer begins with the reflection
in a puddle of a soldier holding a
rifle; the reflection is shattered by a
pair of boots. Based on the trailers'
opening shot, what themes might
you expect the film to deal with?
How well do you think this works as
the opening to the trailer?
By the opening shot I would think that the genre of this film is a drama and maybe a
what could be classed as a ‘real life’ situation in the film.
I think that the opening scene to the film represents how broken and damaged a soldier
life can become. As the reflection starts off with a clear image but is broken when the
soldier simply steps into the puddle. This could also be representative of the destruction
the soldiers cause in the war.
As the film is not in English,
subtitles are used to convey the
dialogue. How does this compare
to any other subtitled films you
may have watched?
Other films that use subtitles only use them for a small amount of time for example when
another character of another nationality is introduced. But as this film is based on a true
story having the characters talking in the language of the country the film is based in
would be an important factor of the film to make it more realistic.
Language of the film:
Look closely at the different
camera angles used: there
are some unusual and
interesting shots in this trailer.
What effects do these
choices have on your
reaction to what you see?
The majority of camera angles used are close ups to show the cramped
conditions the soldiers live in within the tank. This could also represent how close
their relationships are in war conditions.
Some shots used show a target on the screen targeting different people. But as
the action builds the camera with the target on starts to get more shaky showing
how the tension builds throughout the trailer.
What do we learn from the dialogue
about the individual soldiers and the
relationships between them? What
other techniques are employed in
the trailer to reinforce the tensions
between these men?
The shots used are quick and close ups are used through out the trailer
showing the tension in the conditions they live in. This might also represent
the dangerous environment.
The pictures below show a quote I have chosen to represent life in the tank for
the men. The man tells of how he doesn’t know the men in the tank. The
camera also at this moment shows the three men in separate shots [close
ups]. This could represent how different the three men are but they have
been put together to achieve the same thing and work together in the war.
Why do you think the title
card revealing the film is
'based on a true story'
appears halfway through the
trailer? Describe its purpose
I think this stops people from making judgements on the film as they might
assume its unrealistic or might have opinions on the film maybe portraying
the events to be over the top but when they see its based on true events
then they might feel more inclined to watch the film and find out what has
Think about the use of sound in
the trailer: what do you hear? What
atmosphere does the sound
Stereotypical sounds of war.
When targeting the innocent people [children] the shouting
in the tank increases. This creates tension in the trailer.
Commander [main guy] doesn’t shot anyone but the man
on the gun is reluctant do as he says.
The Lebanese civilians are
viewed through the cross hair of
the soldier's tank. Have you
seen this technique used
before? Where? What effect
does the repeated use of this
shot have on our understanding
of the characters in the trailer
and their feelings about their role
in the war?