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Ridley Scott. In Gladiator Scott makes the murder of Marcus Aurileus very like the killing of Tyrell in Blade Runner close ups of the face during the killing of Marcus by his own son

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Ridley Scott was born in 1937 and was raised in unfashionable Northumbria (Tyne and Wear) England. Although Scott was a fair way from UCLA film school (California) He still managed to become a director! Scott learnt his skills in direction by attending the royal college of art and then began designing backgrounds for adverts; he then went on to directing adverts like "hovis." After the adverts his first film was "the duellists" in 1977. Ridley Scott is one of the most talented and hottest directors working at the minute. He manipulates the camera to show more about the camera and story than dialog ever could. Scott has the ability to take on "epic" projects; he understands human nature enough to include intimate scenes or great power and beauty. Scott takes in great detail down to the smallest little thing, this makes a big difference, if he hadn't have thought about little details the audience may not understand as much about the characters, time or place. Ridley Scott develops a coherent vision of the future. ...read more.


Both "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator" address the theme of mortality. They show that life is fragile no matter what you go through. They also show how precious life is. "Blade Runner" is set in the future, where replicas, which had been perfectly made to look, like humans. These "replicants" were in need to be hunted down and destroyed after some of them had malfunctioned and massacred a group of humans. Where as in "Gladiator" it is set in the past where a man called "Maximus" was taken as a slave for "Rome." "Maximus" does not mind this, as he is to fight in the "games" for "Rome." "Maximus" fights and fights battle after battle and eventually wins victory, although unfortunately it was all too much for him and he dies but he goes to be with his family, which were killed by Commodus. "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator" both explore father-son relationships that are dysfunctional. In "Blade Runner" it is "the kiss" between Roy and Tyrell that gives a twist to the story as Roy does this before he kills Tyrell. ...read more.


Deckard and Maximus are both outsiders like Scott is in Hollywood. This is because Scott is English and he likes his main characters to be men, he doesn't care about the script and if he wants to change something he will change it. Scott has great willpower. Deckard resigned from the police force and was blackmailed into returning for the hunting of the "Replicants" This was because he is the best at his "Blade Running" job. Although it doesn't seem it in the beginning Deckard himself is a replicants. Maybe this is why he found it so easy to track down other replicants. Deckard managed successfully to identify and exterminate the replicants. Maximus is a Spaniard. He was the best. Maximus was contracted by the Romans to fight their battles for them because he was so good. The only reason Maximus did it was to hopefully win and be with his family. Maximus was honourable he knows what he wants he did what he was told to do. Many people worshipped him to them he was a hero! Whilst Deckard is more complicated he doesn't know he is a replicants. Deckard does what he thinks is right. Which could end up in the wrong. Leanne Hughes. ...read more.

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