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How does the director deal with Maximus' call to adventure in Gladiator?

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How does the director deal with Maximus' call to adventure in Gladiator? Maximus' call to adventure begins with a scene of himself walking through what is the roman army's camp in Germania on his way to meet with the emperor. The first impression we are given is visually the long line of tents spanning for acres with many rows. This immediately helps us assess the size and organization of the army from which we already have knowledge from the first battle just previous. The weather here plays a key point- it is cloudy, dark and there is a light snow falling giving very much the sensation of it being cold. Although the snow is light and not thick it appears to give a certain "clean feeling" almost of purity symbolizing the destruction of the heathen hordes in previous scenes. As soon as we see Maximus we initially regard his clothing as minimal as he is simply wearing a short sleeve shirt and a kind of skirt. Already the director has told us it is cold by effective use of weather and lighting therefore we recognize Maximus is very much unconcerned with the cold and already we are given a tough guy image to contemplate. ...read more.


He proclaims he "believes in Rome" and that "it is the light" as he tells his emperor we are further given the impression he means what he says as he begins to talk with more vigor and volume. As the emperor begins to correct him in his view Maximus is very static with little movement, the realization and that he has been naive are played up by the director. Maximus then avoids eye contact and shows a little temper as the emperor questions their campaign in Germainia for which Maximus feels strongly for. Here the editing of the film shows his anger and again compassion for his men as he proclaims he will not let his men fight and die for nothing. The conversation then takes a very mild note as the emperor asks Maximus to speak with him plainly as "men" without regard to heirachy. The next part of their dialogue involves Maximus and his home, we can see that Maximus is made to appear to long for his home, and to be there again by how he knows exactly to the day how long ago he was last there. ...read more.


Again this is quite uncouth and out of the ordinary for Maximus yet it is cushioned by the acceptance of the character he talks to. Maximus' shows little excitement about anything else bar his family and his men, this fact is played on again when Lucilia mentions her son, Maximus mentions his and speaks with noted enthusiasm. He as predicted leaves the conversation politely. Our final scene is really a reinforcement of everything we have already seen of Maximus' character, plus a new dimension is added. The director builds on Maximus' praying as an important part of his life, the procedure and dialogue has the slow and thoughtful theme music in the background giving the prayer a sad rather than happy overtone. Once we see Maximus has little wooden figures of his wife and child the director has got us hook line and sinker for Maximus as a kind family man. He has through this part of the film came across as compassionate, polite, kind hearted, home sick amongst a list of other characteristics. His ability to communicate with all walks of people differing in their degree of importance and still show general politeness and respect has been engineered by the director to its most effective, leaving our hero with an almost universal "good guy" image. A.Mitcheson ...read more.

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