Gladiator Movie Essay

1601 Words Nov 21st, 2012 7 Pages
Jeannie Hardy
PHO 184B
Professor Smith
September 7, 2102

Chapter 1 Essay The film Gladiator is not only known for Russell Crowe’s Academy award winning performance, but it is also known for it’s camerawork and cinematography. This film has a considerable amount of blatant formalism, which director Ridley Scott uses to portray Maximus’ message. Camera angles are commonly used to distinguish power in a scene, most of the time by using low-angle or high-angle shot. These types of angels are seen throughout the film. A main part of cinematography is color symbolism seen throughout Gladiator. Another key component of camerawork used by director Ridley Scott are the various types of shots he use. In the text Understanding Movie by
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The once free wild horse ridden and broken, and at last the small figures of his wife and child, something for him to hold on to in the new world, as this figures appears the image of Maxiums is transparent above them he is chained with his hands held above him. This same shot of Maximus is shown in chapter 25, 03:11. (Chapter 27, 00:28) Maximus is dying. As the scene goes back to the wall the same white wall shown many times when he thinks about his family, or his home. Maximus is at the wooden door and you can see him motion to push it open. He is drawn back to his reality by Quintus, where he gives his final diction as a general and servant of Roma. The extreme close-up of Maximus face allows you to see life seemingly draining from his face. He seems trapped between two worlds, back and forth you hear the music, and a woman starts to sing, a child’s laughter accompanying it. Maximus hits the floor in a strategically placed long shot showing a lot of details in the background, as well as Lucilla running to his side. Finally his is told by Lucilla to go to his family, which progresses to an ethereal shot of him floating above the ground to portray somewhere between this life and the next. Maximus is then seen in an extreme long shot if his family, his son running for him. This scene is important because it helps establish Maximus’ story is completed the visions he had all lead to this. (Chapter 6, 0:44) Marcus Aurelius confronts his son

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