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How does the director, Ridley Scott, make the audience aware that Maximus is the hero of the film and the Romans are the force of good? Refer to the opening (the battle) in your answer.

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How does the director, Ridley Scott, make the audience aware that Maximus is the hero of the film and the Romans are the force of good? Refer to the opening (the battle) in your answer. Gladiator is about one man and his dream to be a farmer, but that dream got tooken away from the Roman army. The main themes in the films are at the start when he's touching the wheat with his hand and when he's fighting against the Germanians. The opening symbolises him thinking about his dream and then all of a sudden the war comes in to the pictures. In the opening they use a range of colours, which are (in order) yellow- when he touches the wheat, blue- when he's waiting to fight the Germanians, red- when he's actually fighting the Germanians. ...read more.

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Then it gets fast when he is actually on the battlefield fighting, that's fast because it shows him really using force and he has real hatred in himself. After the battle the music/tempo goes slower, this is because they've won the battle and they are tired and want to go home. At the beginning we see a close-up of Maximus`s hand touching the wheat, they use a real close camera-shot because it makes you feel what the director wants you to feel; and that is sad for Maximus because he misses his family and doesn't want to be in the Roman Army, but he has no choice or he'll die. Then we see him in the actual battle these camera-shots are all over the place e.g. first they show the camera on him, and all of a sudden it turns to the Germanians this camera-shot is pretty far from them so we cant see what's going on. ...read more.

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Maximus`s speech encourages the Roman Army to do their best and he says; `I promise you that if we win we will all go home`, that part of the speech encouraged them to win no-matter what happens. Maximus speaks English although he's Spanish because he/the director wants the audience to understand what Maximus is saying, if the audience didn't know what he was saying then no one would watch his film. We cant understand what the Germanians are saying because they are not the main group/characters and they will be dead soon anyway. Ridley Scott portrays Maximus as the hero of that scene and the whole film because he is the general and the `good guys` always win, so he won the war against the Germanians, if the Germanians had won then it wouldn't have been a good film to watch. Created by Jashpal.S.Siarh ...read more.

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