Proximo and his men, including Hagen, sacrifice themselves to enable Maximus to escape. 2. Maximus is arrested by the Praetorian Guard and is told that he and his family will die. The three main and most memorable characters are; Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, and Maximus. Maximus: My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. The film's computer-generated imagery effects were created by British post-production company The Mill, who also created a digital body double for the remaining scenes involving Reed's character Proximo due to Reed dying of a heart attack during production. It was the first movie to win Best Picture without winning either a directing or screenwriting award since All the King's Men at the 22nd Academy Awards in 1950. Commodus learns of the plot when Lucilla's son, Lucius, innocently hints at the conspiracy. According to a DreamWorks executive, Crowe "tried to rewrite the entire script on the spot. , The Praetorian Guards seen in the film are all wearing purple uniforms. Stoicism is no exception. Both films portray the death of Marcus Aurelius as an assassination. The film's mainstream success is responsible for an increased interest in Roman and classical history in the United States. , Geier, Thom; Jensen, Jeff; Jordan, Tina; Lyons, Margaret; Markovitz, Adam; Nashawaty, Chris; Pastorek, Whitney; Rice, Lynette; Rottenberg, Josh; Schwartz, Missy; Slezak, Michael; Snierson, Dan; Stack, Tim; Stroup, Kate; Tucker, Ken; Vary, Adam B.; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Ward, Kate (December 11, 2009), "The 100 Greatest Movies, TV shows, Albums, Books, Characters, Scenes, Episodes, Songs, Dresses, Music vidos, and Trends that entertained us over the past". The film was co-produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures. Commodus threatens Lucilla and Lucius, and has the Praetorian Guard arrest Gracchus and attack the gladiators' barracks.  The replica took several months to build and cost an estimated $1 million. This was superseded by new designs in AD 100. He led a Twelve Year Campaign in Germania, and his legions there were commanded by the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius. When Commodus organizes 150 days of games, Proximo takes his gladiators to fight in Rome's Colosseum. Lisa Gerrard's vocals are similar to her own work on The Insider score. Rather, it ushered in a chaotic and bloody power struggle that culminated in the, Stephens, William (2012).  Franzoni was given a three-picture deal with DreamWorks as writer and co-producer on the strength of his previous work, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, which helped establish the reputation of DreamWorks. The film's depiction of Commodus's entry into Rome borrows imagery from Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1935), although Scott has pointed out that the iconography of Nazi rallies was itself inspired by the Roman Empire. , On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on 199 reviews, with an average rating of 7.32/10. The opening battle scenes in the forests of Germania were shot in three weeks in the Bourne Woods, near Farnham, Surrey, in England. In Franzoni's first draft, dated April 4, 1998, he named his protagonist Narcissus, a wrestler who, according to the ancient sources Herodian and Cassius Dio, strangled Emperor Commodus to death.  Ridley Scott expressed interest, although he admitted the project would have to be retitled as it had little to do with gladiators. " Camille Paglia called the film "boring, badly shot and suffused with sentimental p.c. For example, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine is quite prominent, though it was not completed until AD 312. Gladiator Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. However, Haza died in late February 2000, before she was able to record, and so Gerrard was chosen instead. Special features for the Blu-ray Disc and DVDs include deleted scenes, trailers, documentaries, commentaries, storyboards, image galleries, Easter eggs, and cast auditions. Marcus Aurelius kept the true power as the senior emperor of course, but it was still the highest position of honour, and it left no doubt as to who would be the successor. , The Roman cavalry are shown using stirrups. Marcus Aurelius. Father to a … " On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 46 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". (1079/1080):74–84, Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard – "Now We Are Free", Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, "Gladiator – Cast, Crew, Director and Awards", "See the Cast of 'Gladiator' Then and Now", "Who Plays Peter On 'A.D. Marcus Aurelius died on March 17, 180 during the expedition against the Marcomanni in the city of Vindobona (today Vienna). The Mill created a digital body double for the remaining scenes involving his character Proximo by photographing a live-action body double in the shadows and by mapping a three-dimensional computer-generated imagery mask of Reed's face to the remaining scenes during production at an estimated cost of $3.2 million for two minutes of additional footage. Unexpectedly, Maximus leads his side to victory, and Commodus enters the Colosseum to offer his congratulations. But at the dawn of the new millennium, I thought this might be the ideal time to revisit what may have been the most important period of the last two thousand years – if not all recorded history – the apex and beginning of the decline of the greatest military and political power the world has ever known.". Commodus proclaims himself the new emperor and asks Maximus for his loyalty, but Maximus refuses. He is found by slavers who take him to the city of Zucchabar in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis, where he is sold to a gladiator trainer named Proximo. Even the character didn't exist on the pages. The film is noteworthy for using quotes from 'Meditations'.  Russell Crowe describes being eager for the role as pitched by Parkes, in his interview for Inside the Actors Studio: "They said, 'It's a 100-million-dollar film. " The screenplay faced many rewrites and revisions, with several actors providing changes. The legions' standard bearers (Aquilifer), centurions, mounted forces, and auxiliaries would have worn scale armour, lorica squamata. As Ridley Scott wanted to portray Roman culture more accurately than in any previous film, he hired several historians as advisors. together with the preliminary discourse of the learned Gataker” 1285 Copy quote. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Lucilla, Commodus's sister; Gracchus, an influential senator; and Maximus meet secretly. Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor of the Roman Empire (Caesar). Marcus’s writing also makes a prominent appearance in Steinbeck’s East of Eden, in John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, and of course many people know Marcus Aurelius from the popular film Gladiator, where he is the old and wise emperor at the beginning of the film played by Richard Harris. Gladiator reflects back on the film by duplicating similar events that occurred in Adolf Hitler's procession. Gladiator premiered in Los Angeles on May 1, 2000, and was released theatrically in the United States on May 5 and in the United Kingdom on May 11. We actually started shooting with about 32 pages and went through them in the first couple of weeks. Maximus Decimus Meridius: Maximus is an entirely fictitious character, but seems to be based on several characters, including Avidius Cassius, who was a general in Marcus Aurelius' armies.  To construct the arena where Maximus has his first fights, the crew used basic materials and local building techniques to manufacture the 30,000-seat mud brick arena. Author: Bibi Saint-Pol 2# Commodus the soldier The gladiator lays aside the sword he uses, and picks it up again. , British post-production company The Mill was responsible for much of the computer-generated imagery effects that were added after filming.  A remastered version was later released in 2010. Principal photography began in January 1999, before the script was completed, and wrapped up in May of that year, with the scenes of Ancient Rome shot over a period of nineteen weeks in Fort Ricasoli, Malta. His legions were led by Maximus. Poverty Crime Mother. All we did was help him finish it. In AD 180, Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius intends to return to his home after he leads the Roman army to victory against the Germanic tribes near Vindobona on the Limes Germanicus. https://gladiator2000.fandom.com/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius?oldid=4660. Since its release, Gladiator has also been credited with reinventing the swords and sandals genre and rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and ancient Roman culture such as the television series Rome. With Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed. 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