Analysis of the blockbuster film

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Stuart Scrimgeour 10 acton


This is an analysis of the blockbuster film “Gladiator”. The film is an epic from the roman era. It was directed by the same director as ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘Hannibal’ Ridley Scott. It won an Oscar for best effects and a BAFTA for best film. John Mattison was in charge of cinematography he also worked on ‘Hannibal’. Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard composed the music with Extracts from ‘The Planets’ by Gustavo Holst.

The opening sequence of ‘Gladiator’ launches immediately into developing the audiences perception of the main character in the film, Maximus played by Russell Crowe. The establishing shot is a close up of Maximus’ hand running through the corn in a field. We see his wedding ring, by the fact he is wearing it we know he has a family and he cares for them, this helps build his character also the stereo typical family man is caring and kind. There is a golden light; this then strongly contrasts with the next scene. There is cold lighting accompanied with rain sets the scene as a depressing time. A close up on Maximus’ face and it appears he is thinking or looking at something. The camera zooms out and we see a robin, as a mise-en-scene the robin is known to normally be on it’s own, so is Maximus apart from his family, also it is a delicate animal and Maximus is a caring farmer. It also set’s the scene as winter.

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The audience get their first sight of the huge Roman army with a long panning shot. It is a typical battle scene with its blue and other cold colours. Reflecting the mood of the soldiers. Maximus walks along a line of men, every soldier salutes him or shows some sort of loyalty. There is also music in the background, violins and Lisa Gerrard’s droning, will touch the audience. He then mounts his horse and rides to meet the other cavalry, followed faithfully by his dog. The dog could represent his men who will follow him anywhere. Maximus enters the ...

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