Gladiator was set near the end of the twentieth century when the Roman
Empire was at its peak. Maximus played a character who was the general
of a large Roman army.
'Gladiator' starts with an introduction to the film where the audience
see him brushing his hand slowly and calmly across and field of wheat.
This does give the audience a sense of what he assumes is peaceful and
tranquil. The screen does tell us a bit about Maximus and his
personality which is that he has a soft side.
The colours that are used are coinciding with the mood of Maximus. The
director uses warm colours such as a rich yellow in the wheat which
gives the feeling of ease and relaxation. This colour has other
purposes as it shows the warmth and happiness. This scene has
everything that would be desired by Maximus as he is the one thinking
of it while in the situation he is in now. Music is a feature that is
also used to add to the atmosphere of this scene and it is
synchronistic to the theme of the scene. It is calm and smooth without
any sudden changes in tone. The notes played are blended in together
to make sure that it best suited for this type of setting.
Abruptly this changes to an area where it looks cold. The trees in the
background look lifeless and this gives impression of the time of
year. But the main feature point of this is Maximuses face cold
expressionless and still. He had his eyes closed and this tells the
audience that what we had just seen was his imagination in a day dream
state. The colours that are used are dark colours such as grey and
black in the surroundings with the exception of white which is shown
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on you.' Sure enough Commodus takes this to surprise and is forced to
keep him alive as the people of Rome favour him and if he did kill him
then this would make him terribly unpopular among Rome.
Maximus succeeds in taking his revenge upon Commenus but with a
complication. Die with honour or live with pride. Throughout this film
I had regarded my saying as to be quiet appropriate to Maximuses
situation. Before Maximus is expected to fight Commenus he is
confronted by Commenus and then stabbed with a dagger laced with
poison to hinder his performance and try and make defeat inevitable.
Though Maximus is injured physically he continues to fight with his
heart. When fighting Commenus Maximus found it very difficult because
of his recent injury but despite this wins the match with the cost of
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