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Shafakut Ali What are the intended effects the opening of Ridley Scotts "Gladiator" and how effective they are? Gladiator was made in 2000 and has won five Oscar awards including Ridley Scott for best director and the main actor Russell Crowe for best actor. It is seen to critics to accomplish a great film for the reason that of its cinematography and direction. The story is about a Roman general named Maximus who is betrayed by a corrupt prince. His family are killed by the prince and he becomes a slave then a gladiator. He eventually goes Rome and gets to take revenge on his enemy. He wins a great victory, glory, honour and respect in the Roman arena. The director Ridley Scott has used the colour sepia in the opening titles. This gives an historical and ancient background towards the film. In the opening titles the colour sepia is used to create a feeling of a forthcoming battle. It could also gives a possible link to the strong and powerful position of the Roman Empire at the time. The director has also chosen sepia to create an atmospheric and historical feeling. This is reinforced with the adagio music to reflect the overall tone to the film which the director is trying to create. The effects of the historical information given during the opening titles are to reinforce the historical background to the story into a specific timeline. ...read more.

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The fur that runs across his shoulders back light contrasts the character from the background. The director makes the audience perceive him as a saint. It also shows the weight of responsibility he is carrying. The director also focuses on a colourful bird in the close up angle shot. The bird flies away and this symbolises that Maximus get only a glimpse of happiness and hope in his life and one day he will end up in heaven with his family. Maximus seems to have accepted that he is a soldier and must get on with the job of fighting although all he wants is peace and harmony. The close up shot is followed by an extreme long shot. It lets the audience know that the battle is being fought in Germania. This is clearly shown by the caption. We also can tell that the area has recently been fought because there are broken pieces of military equipment and dead bodies. We can also tell form the scene that there is no life. The colours are dark, grey and black to reflect the murkiness of the place. The director has chosen this scene because it important to show the audience what they need to know about the battlefield before is starts. The adagio music emphasises the gloomy and ominous feel. The strong guitar chords also reinforce the overall tone of the adagio music. ...read more.

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The remark also gives the audience an insight what will happen during the film that it will be about sacrifice either on a private, spiritual or a patriotic level. Maximus' words unite with the theme of morality that was symbolised in the wheatfield scene at the beginning of the film. The difference between the Romans and Germans are clearly shown in the opening titles scenes. The Romans are wearing amour. They are presented as professionals who are well disciplined and organised. The Germans on the other are perceived as barbarians and savages. They are jumbled and have no amour. They are presented as rough and uncivilised people. The Germans tribesmen cut off the head of the Roman messenger and chant cries. These actions are to frighten and intimidate the Roman army, The Roman are not phased by the tactics of the Germans, but use their power and superiority to defeat the Germans, This is how Ridley Scott has presented the differences in both sides. I think that the opening scene of Gladiator, Ridley Scott has successfully created an attention-grabbing and exhilarating beginning. The use of sepia for example instead of the normal technicolor created a great impact in selling the scene as a historical drama. In the various scenes the music he has used to create the right ambience that was intended by the director, which was vital for the film. The different camera shots, costumes, colour and photography has also contributed to the films success overall. This an outstanding film that can touch audiences at all levels. ...read more.

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