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How does Ridley Scott (the director of Gladiator) persuade the audience that the Romans are on the side of good and that the Germainians are wrong to defend their country?

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How does Ridley Scott (the director of Gladiator) persuade the audience that the Romans are on the side of good and that the Germainians are wrong to defend their country? Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and commander of the armies of Rome, loyal to the true emperor Marcus Aurelius Caesar, he is Maximus Decimus Meridius. In 180 A.D the Roman Empire was expanding through the entire of Europe at the hands of Marcus Aurelius. Ridley Scott uses sound and music effectively to manipulate the audience into believing that the Romans are on the side of good and the Germainians are the intruders. He uses his directing skills to persuade the audience that the Romans are not invading but defending their country. Ridley Scott pays particular attention to the small and minor details such as bringing in a small amount of brown and red in the mise en scene. Music plays a big role in convincing the audience into believing that the Romans are the good side and the Germainians are the invading side. If there was no music then we wouldn't care as much about the Roman side as we would with the music. He does this by playing heroic music and music that flows for the Romans and playing barbaric and out of tune music for the Germainians. ...read more.

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We think that's it's a positive colour because of the dream or flashback. We like the Romans for this because although they are killing people and burning them we like them because of this positive colour that they are using. When there is a slow-motion we see gold and yellow on the Romans. This make the audience feel as though the right side has won the battle. The film Gladiator is a story about Maximus, a Roman general, whose dedication has helped expand and strengthen the Roman Empire. We meet the character Maximus preparing for battle against the Germainians, who are shown as barbarians. Maximus who is separated from his wife and son for more then 3 years, longs to go back home to his family although the emperor Marcus Aurelius Caesar has other plans for him. Maximus is the only character in the film that the audience are invited to care about as an individual. We care about him because of the way the camera shows his strength, intelligence, his spirituality and his sensitivity. We are shown Maximus' sensitivity almost as soon as we see him for the first time. We are shown a close-up of a robin on a dead tree branch, the camera cuts to Maximus, who watches it fly away and smiles at the bird. ...read more.

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The colours used for the roman side is much brighter and have hints of red which makes us like them more and want them to win because those colour make them seem more heroic. On the other hand for the Germainians he has used dark colours such as black and so you can't see them clearly, this makes the Germainians look barbaric. The colour black can be used to make the Germainians look good or bad but, in this film the colour black is used to make them seem evil, because black is associated with evil we automatically don't like them. Ridley Scott shows us more about Maximus then he shows about anyone else which makes us like him as an individual. The music for the roman side is more in tune and more heroic which make them seem superior to the audience. Meanwhile for the Germainians Ridley Scott has made to music out of tune and tone deaf to make us not like the barbaric Germainians. The film Gladiator has helped me become more aware of the different techniques used by directors to manipulate the audience into believing what the director wants them to believe. It's important not to take films for face value because the directors manipulate you to believe what they want you to. Also the film might not be historically accurate. By Kanwerbir Singh Khalsa ...read more.

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