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A Study of Gladiator

This is a study of the 1999 box-office hit, Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. In this article, I will be looking at camera shots, soundtrack, special effects and other things, that enhance the viewing of the film, and increase its quality. We watched the first forty minutes of the film, and were asked to analyse its media attributes.

The film is set in the Caesar period, at the end of the reign of Marco Aurelius. The main opening scene is set in Germania, and it is the beginning of a battle, but the end of a war, between the Roman legion and some barbarians.

The very first scene is not a reality shot, it's a "dream" shot. The scene itself is at Maximus' home, in his
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Having spoken to Quintus, Maximus rides his horse over to the cavalry. I noticed that on the way to the cavalry all of the infantry Maximus passes rises, probably in honour and to show their respect for him. The camera follows Maximus on his horse, while showing all of the soldiers in the background. Then, when Maximus reaches the rest of his cavalry, the camera angle changes, to the view of an onlooker, looking at all of the cavalry surrounding Maximus. Then, the angle again changes to being closer to Maximus, and shows him talking to the men about how if they fall down and wake up in green grass, they are already dead, in the kingdom of Elysium.

This is significant because he is giving his men confidence, and he is making them feel better because they may be in the face of death. This also shows the influence Maximus himself has over them, not just because of his authority, but because of his friendship to them. What he says to them is both quite positive, but then also very negative, in saying that they might die, but then saying that if they do they will be in the eternal paradise, Elysium.

Having said this, the next shot the camera gives is one of an archer, who is going to give the signal to the

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