The film Gallipoli (Directed by Peter Weir – 1981) is an excellent examples of war movie which is more focused on individual people than the significant symbol battle in World War I. In history of Australia, the battle of Gallipoli has become a strong symbol of Australia’s national identity and the icon of “Aussie hero”. However, Peter Weir take one in third time of film to create a vivid story which narrowed the ordinary life of two Australian soldiers, Archie and Frank. In the film Gallipoli, reoccurring scenes featuring athletics and landscapes are significance methods to expound the opinion of Peter Weir that people’s life is peaceful and wonderful with family affection, friend ship and other cherish essences like athletic spirits which are fragile when facing the cruel fact of wars.
In the film, athletics become a complex clue of two central characters’ life. At the beginning, the description of athletics training stand for the family affection and peaceful original life of the people which stay out of war. Archie is training in the farm and has courage to challenge the rider. It suggest Archie shares happiness and meaningful life with his families and friends by narrowing the countryside life at the beginning. Also, in the first chapter,
What are your legs? Steel springs.
What are they going to do?
As fast as a leopard. Well go do it then. (00:00-03:00)
This conversation between Archie and his uncle, the running coach, symbolize the Australian’s enterprising spirit, willpower and purpose. This symbol of courage, glory and determination is the reason that Archie chose to make the suicide dashing at the end of the film. He believes the “glory” of death will do his uncle and country proud. Meanwhile, the last picture of film that Archie gets shot is similar to victory pose when the athletics dash to the end as well as the whistle sound. Those icon are both used to emphasize the cruel cons…