Disperato, piange i suoi cari defunti; infine, si accascia straziato dal dolore e sfinito dalla stanchezza. Catturato da un mercante di schiavi , viene venduto a Proximo, un ex gladiatore divenuto lanista , che Marco Aurelio aveva affrancato insignendolo del rudis , la spada di legno. Padre di un figlio assassinato, marito di una moglie uccisa Sospettando il tradimento della sorella, Commodo minaccia indirettamente il figlio di lei, Lucio, costringendola a rivelare il complotto con dispiacere. Dopo alcuni scambi di colpi Massimo, pur indebolito dalla ferita, riesce a disarmare Commodo, ma a sua volta, prostrato dallo sforzo, lascia cadere la sua spada. Commodo estrae allora lo stiletto nascosto e si getta su Massimo che contrattacca, colpendolo con pugni violenti.

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Development[ edit ] Gladiator was based on an original pitch by David Franzoni , who wrote the first draft. Not a classical scholar, Franzoni was inspired by Daniel P.

Ridley Scott was approached by producers Walter F. Parkes and Douglas Wick. You play a Roman General. William Nicholson was brought to Shepperton Studios to make Maximus a more sensitive character. Crowe allegedly questioned every aspect of the evolving script and strode off the set when he did not get answers.

According to a DreamWorks executive, Crowe "tried to rewrite the entire script on the spot. At first he absolutely refused to say it. We actually started shooting with about 32 pages and went through them in the first couple of weeks. The name Maximus Decimus Meridius, it just flowed well. The unique sprayed-polyurethane system was developed by Armordillo and pioneered for this production.

Over a three-month period, 27, component pieces of armor were made. The opening battle scenes in the forests of Germania were shot in three weeks in the Bourne Woods , near Farnham , Surrey , in England. The complex was serviced by tented "costume villages" that had changing rooms, storage, armorers, and other facilities.

British post-production company The Mill was responsible for much of the computer-generated imagery effects that were added after filming. They also used 2, live actors to create a computer-generated crowd of 35, virtual actors that had to look believable and react to fight scenes. What Oliver did was much greater.

He gave an inspiring, moving performance. All we did was help him finish it. As Ridley Scott wanted to portray Roman culture more accurately than in any previous film, he hired several historians as advisors. Nevertheless, some deviations from historical fact were made to increase interest, maintain narrative continuity, and for practical or safety reasons.

Scott also stated that due to the influence of previous films affecting the public perception of what ancient Rome was like, some historical facts were "too unbelievable" to include. For instance in an early version of the script, gladiators would have been carrying out product endorsements in the arena; while this would have been historically accurate, it was not filmed for fear that audiences would think it anachronistic. Historian Allen Ward of the University of Connecticut believed that historical accuracy would not have made Gladiator less interesting or exciting, stating, "creative artists need to be granted some poetic license, but that should not be a permit for the wholesale disregard of facts in historical fiction".

The epidemic, believed to be either smallpox or measles , swept the Roman Empire during the reign of Marcus. Moreover, he shared the rule of the Empire with Commodus for three years before his own death. Commodus then ruled alone from that point until his death at the end of AD.

Commodus reigned for over twelve years, unlike the shorter period portrayed in the film. It is believed Aurelius may have wanted Pompeianus to succeed him as Caesar , in preference to Commodus, but was turned down.

Pompeianus had no part in any of the many plots against Commodus. He was not depicted in the film. She was first exiled to the island of Capri by her brother, then executed on his orders later in the year.

No games were ever banned in Rome. However, when the Emperor started conscripting gladiators into the legions, the resulting shortage in fighters allowed lanistae such as Proximo to make "windfall" profits through increased charges for their services.

Rather, it ushered in a chaotic and bloody power struggle that culminated in the Year of the Five Emperors of AD According to Herodian, the people of Rome were overjoyed at the news of Commodus dying, although they feared that the praetorians would not accept the new emperor Pertinax. Some of the soldiers wear fantasy helmets. The bands wrapped around their lower arms were rarely worn. Their appearance is the product of a filmic stereotype whereby historical movies depict peoples of antiquity wearing such bands.

Although the film is set within the 2nd century AD, the Imperial Gallic armor and the helmets worn by the legionaries are from AD 75, a century earlier. This was superseded by new designs in AD This is anachronistic in that the horse-mounted forces of the Roman army used a two-horned saddle, without stirrups. Stirrups were only employed in filming for safety reasons because of the additional training and skill required to ride with a Roman saddle.

They were reserved primarily for sieges and were rarely used in open battles. Fire arrows and canisters fired from catapults were not used at any point in ancient history. No historical evidence supports that. On campaign they usually wore standard legionary equipment with some unique decorative elements.

For example, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine is quite prominent, though it was not completed until AD In fact, most statues were thought to have painted eyes and pupils at the time when they were created; it was only through the passage of time that the paint would have worn off, leaving the statues with their blank stares.

Livius is in love with Lucilla and seeks to marry her while Maximus, who is happily married, was formerly in love with her. Both films portray the death of Marcus Aurelius as an assassination. Livius in Fall of the Roman Empire and Maximus in Gladiator kill Commodus in single combat, Livius to save Lucilla and Maximus to avenge the murder of his wife and son, and both do it for the greater good of Rome. Scott cited Spartacus and Ben-Hur as influences on the film: "These movies were part of my cinema-going youth.

The Nazi film opens with an aerial view of Hitler arriving in a plane, while Scott shows an aerial view of Rome, quickly followed by a shot of the large crowd of people watching Commodus pass them in a procession with his chariot. At one point in the Nazi film, a little girl gives flowers to Hitler, while Commodus is met by several girls who all give him bundles of flowers.


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