[35], At least one historical advisor resigned due to these changes. [19], The film was shot in three main locations between January and May 1999. • In the 1965 epic drama The Fall of The Roman Empire, Alec Guinness portrays Marcus Aurelius. [73], The Battle of Germania was cited by CNN as one of their "favorite on-screen battle scenes",[74] while Entertainment Weekly named Maximus as their sixth favorite action hero, because of "Crowe's steely, soulful performance",[75] and named it as their third favorite revenge film. On February 27, 2001, nearly a year after the first soundtrack's release, Decca produced Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture. 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. "[82], Gladiator was nominated in 36 individual ceremonies, including the 73rd Academy Awards, the BAFTA Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards. Marcus started a campaign against the Barbarians in 168 CE after several years of conquering. Before we begin our studies we need to ask ourselves: Who are the people that followed these precepts? Yes, I do say knowledge: it is based on a real story, the one of an evil emperor and his beloved father. According to The New York Times, this has been dubbed the "Gladiator Effect". It's called the 'Gladiator' effect by writers and publishers. Lucilla, Commodus's sister; Gracchus, an influential senator; and Maximus meet secretly. This is how things like, 'At my signal, unleash hell,' came up. [93] Russell Crowe attended a ceremony to mark the creation of the stamps.[93]. The film's plot was influenced by two 1960s Hollywood films of the sword-and-sandal genre, The Fall of the Roman Empire and Spartacus,[58] and shares several plot points with The Fall of the Roman Empire, which tells the story of Livius, who, like Maximus in Gladiator, is Marcus Aurelius's intended successor. Maximus discovers from Cicero, his ex-orderly, that his former legions remain loyal. 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. Then, on September 5, 2005, Decca produced Gladiator: Special Anniversary Edition, a two-CD pack containing both the above-mentioned releases. Gladiator Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. [94] Initial reviews of the Blu-ray Disc release criticized poor image quality, leading many to call for it to be remastered, as Sony did with The Fifth Element in 2007. However, Haza died in late February 2000, before she was able to record, and so Gerrard was chosen instead. In Fall of the Roman Empire a group of conspirators independent of Commodus, hoping to profit from Commodus's accession, arrange for Marcus Aurelius to be poisoned; in Gladiator Commodus himself murders his father by smothering him. In June 2001, Douglas Wick said a Gladiator prequel was in development. (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. [92] Maximus is also featured on 55c "Australian Legends" postage stamp series. Their appearance is the product of a filmic stereotype whereby historical films depict peoples of antiquity wearing such bands. Learn more about Marcus Aurelius’s life, including his rise to power, his reign, and his legacy. The extended edition DVD features approximately fifteen minutes of additional scenes, most of which appear in the previous release as deleted scenes. In the modern-day, he is probably best known from the popular film Gladiator (2000 CE) as the father of Commodus (r.177-192 CE) whose decision to pass over his son as successor serves as the point of departure for the films plot. "[13] Of the writing and filming process, Crowe added, "Possibly, a lot of the stuff that I have to deal with now in terms of my 'volatility' has to do with that experience. Poverty Crime Mother. [78] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Are you not entertained?". together with the preliminary discourse of the learned Gataker” 1285 Copy quote. [80], Conversely, Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, criticizing the look of the film as "muddy, fuzzy, and indistinct." In a scene that arguably solidified Russell Crowe’s status as a leading man in Hollywood, the general-turned-gladiator removes his helmet and declares, "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.Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. "[108] The plot is expected to center on the story of Lucius. [68] It remained number one in its second weekend grossing $24.6 million, and dropped to third place in its third weekend with $19.7 million behind newcomers Dinosaur, Mission: Impossible 2 and Shanghai Noon. Even the character didn't exist on the pages. Commodus proclaims himself the new emperor and asks Maximus for his loyalty, but Maximus refuses. [11] Scott was enticed by filming the world of Ancient Rome. Picture by Pierre-Selim. Commodus has arranged for several tigers to be set upon Maximus during the duel; Maximus, however, prevails. He was murdered by his son, Commodus, because Marcus had instead appointed Maximus to be his successor. And not for more Roman screen colossals, but for writing that is serious or fun or both. [10], Ridley Scott was approached by producers Walter F. Parkes and Douglas Wick. 8. This is anachronistic in that the horse-mounted forces of the Roman army used a two-horned saddle, without stirrups. 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. "[71] 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". "[12] The screenplay faced many rewrites and revisions, with several actors providing changes. [79] Michael Wilmington of The Chicago Tribune gave praise to Scott's direction, comparing the visual style of the film to that of Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner. Some of the soldiers wear fantasy helmets. [36][37], Costumes in the film are rarely historically correct. Marcus oversaw Maximus' victory over the Barbarians in Germania, and he allowed Maximus to return to his farm in Spain as a reward for his victory in the war. The bands wrapped around their lower arms were rarely worn. 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. Spartacus provides the film's gladiatorial motif, as well as the character of Senator Gracchus, a fictitious senator (bearing the name of a pair of revolutionary Tribunes from the 2nd century BC) who in both films is an elder statesman of ancient Rome attempting to preserve the ancient rights of the Roman Senate in the face of an ambitious autocrat – Marcus Licinius Crassus in Spartacus and Commodus in Gladiator. [72] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. He led a Twelve Year Campaign in Germania, and his legions there were commanded by the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius. [88][89][90], The character of Maximus was placed 12th in the Total Film list of 50 best movie heroes and villains[91] and 35th in the Empire's 100 Greatest Movie Characters. "[81] Camille Paglia called the film "boring, badly shot and suffused with sentimental p.c. Juba visits the Colosseum at night and buries the figurines of Maximus's wife and son at the spot where he died. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next. Marcus Aurelius in film Gladiator Marcus Aurelius certainly also did not want to give power to the Senate. Gladiator takes place in ad 180 and is loosely based on historical figures. Stoicism is no exception. Fire arrows and canisters fired from catapults were not used at any point in ancient history. “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, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife – and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” – Maximus . The original cut, which Scott still calls his director's cut, is also select-able via seamless branching (which is not included on the UK edition). Before he dies, he asks for political reforms, for his gladiator allies to be freed, and for Senator Gracchus to be reinstated. It also received four BAFTA Awards at the 54th British Academy Film Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Editing. You're being directed by Ridley Scott. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus was born in April 26, 121 AD, to a prominent family. [83], The film won five Academy Awards and was nominated for an additional seven, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Ridley Scott. Marcus oversaw Maximus' victory over a Barbarian force in Germania, and he allowed Maximus to return to his farm in Spain as a reward for his victory in the war. She was first exiled to the island of, In the film the character Antonius Proximo claims "the wise" Marcus Aurelius banned gladiatorial games in Rome forcing him to move to, In real life, the death of Commodus did not result in a peace for Rome, nor a return to the Roman Republic. Scott noted that a tale of corruption in Rome was too complex, whereas Gladiator worked due to its simple drive. At first he absolutely refused to say it. Marcus Aurelius Life Quotes Look within. Reality was very different than the film in this instance. https://gladiator2000.fandom.com/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius?oldid=4660. The script would have opened with a group of dying Roman gods reincarnating Maximus, who returns to Rome to defend his son Marius and his Christian companions against the Decian persecution. The film was co-produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures. “The Gladiator” is an open window on the past, through which we can see the daily life during the Roman Empire. 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. Gladiator reflects back on the film by duplicating similar events that occurred in Adolf Hitler's procession. The film won multiple awards, including five Academy Awards at the 73rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. His military skills help him win matches and gain recognition from other gladiators and the crowd. Marcus Aurelius. ", "WTF: Nick Cave Wanted to Call His 'Gladiator 2' Script 'Christ Killer, "Gladiator 2: The strangest sequel never made? [20] When Scott learned that the Forestry Commission planned to remove a section of the forest, he persuaded them to allow the battle scene to be shot there and burn it down. [109], 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". (12.9) Marcus had trained in painting as a youth, indeed it was his painting teacher Diognetus who introduced him to philosophy. [99] Ridley Scott expressed interest, although he admitted the project would have to be retitled as it had little to do with gladiators. Discs one and two of the three-disc extended edition were also repackaged and sold as a two-disc "special edition" in the EU in 2005. [84] However, the pair did win the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score as co-composers.[85]. He begins to think about the bigger picture. [69][70], 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. Disguised by a masked helmet, Maximus debuts in gladiatorial combat in the Colosseum as a Carthaginian in a re-enactment of the Battle of Zama. During their 30-year marriage Faustina bore 13 children, most notably son Commodus who would become Emperor and daughter Lucilla who was wed to Lucius Verus to solidify his alliance with Marcus Aurelius. 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. [107], In June 2019, Parkes and MacDonald confirmed that the sequel was still in development with Scott and Craig, saying, "We're working with Ridley Scott, that's one we wouldn't touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. The three main and most memorable characters are; Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, and Maximus. Yet in this case, it's the movies – most recently Gladiator two years ago – that have created the interest in the ancients. [77] In 2002, a Channel 4 (UK TV) poll named it as the sixth greatest film of all time. [30] The Mill accomplished this by shooting live actors at different angles giving various performances, and then mapping them onto cards, with motion-capture tools used to track their movements for three-dimensional compositing. To start, Marcus Aurelius is presented as a very wise and well-meaning old emperor who had a troubling reign full of war. On campaign they usually wore standard legionary equipment with some unique decorative elements.[57]. Marcus Aurelius. [18] All of the film's props, sets, and costumes were manufactured by crew members due to high costs and unavailability of the items. 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. [76] In December 2000, Gladiator was named the best film of the year by viewers of Film 2000, taking 40% of the votes. Scott cited Spartacus and Ben-Hur as influences on the film: "These movies were part of my cinema-going youth. However, Scott felt Franzoni's dialogue was too "on the nose" (lacking subtlety) and hired John Logan to rewrite the script to his liking. Rather, it ushered in a chaotic and bloody power struggle that culminated in the, Stephens, William (2012). Great Man Worth. [86], The Cicero biography Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician and Gregory Hays's translation of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations received large spikes in sales after the release of the film. Source: Wikipedia Lucius Aurelius Commodus Source. Juba promises to see Maximus again, "but not yet". Commodus orders Maximus to kill Tigris, but Maximus spares his opponent's life; he is called "Maximus the Merciful" by the crowd. His legions were led by his favourite, Maximus. Marcus Aurelius went down as the philosopher-emperor, being one of the great thinkers among all the emperors. Zimmer was originally planning to use Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza for the score, after his work with her in The Prince of Egypt. They also used 2,000 live actors to create a computer-generated crowd of 35,000 virtual actors that had to look believable and react to fight scenes. Maximus is captured at the rendezvous with Cicero, where the latter is killed. He did declare himself emperor or revolt shortly after thinking Aurelius died in 175, suggesting a brief power struggle, but he was eventually killed after it became clear Aurelius was not dead. So then I'd be doing my own stuff, as well. A great memorable quote from the Gladiator movie on Quotes.net - Marcus Aurelius: There was a dream that was Rome. "[32] The film is dedicated to Reed's memory. You could only whisper it. Inspired by Daniel P. Mannix's 1958 book Those About to Die (formerly titled The Way of the Gladiator), the film's script, initially written by Franzoni, was acquired by DreamWorks and Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film. Gladiator was based on an original pitch by David Franzoni, who wrote the first draft. Marcus Aurelius died on March 17, 180. Marcus Aurelius banned gladiator fights. [25][26], In Malta, a replica of about one-third of Rome's Colosseum was built, to a height of 52 feet (15.8 meters), mostly from plaster and plywood (the other two-thirds and remaining height were added digitally). Commodus threatens Lucilla and Lucius, and has the Praetorian Guard arrest Gracchus and attack the gladiators' barracks. [65] In 2003, Luciano Pavarotti released a recording of himself singing a song from the film and said he regretted turning down an offer to perform on the soundtrack. Maximus is arrested by the Praetorian Guard and is told that he and his family will die. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladiatorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath. [29] The Mill created over 90 visual effects shots, comprising approximately nine minutes of the film's running time. We actually started shooting with about 32 pages and went through them in the first couple of weeks. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the acting (particularly Crowe's and Phoenix's performances), Scott's direction, visuals, screenplay, action sequences, musical score and the production values. He gave him his liberty and allowed Proximo the lowly gladiator to become Proximo, the wheeling-and-dealing gladiator trainer. He kills his captors, although not without injury, and rides for his home near Trujillo, where he finds his home destroyed and his family murdered. Crowe portrays Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, murders his father and seizes the throne. You play a Roman General.' Maximus's friends and allies honor him as "a soldier of Rome", at Lucilla's behest, and carry his body out of the arena, leaving the dead Commodus behind. Poverty is the mother of crime. His mother, Domitia Lucilla was a noblewoman, heiress to one of the largest brickwork factory in Rome. So the best reason for depressive disorders is the incapability to handle these feelings alteration. 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."[59]. 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. Commodus, upon hearing this, attempts to persuade his father he has the necessary virtues to inherit the throne. This includes a suggestion by Parkes that, in order to enable Russell Crowe to return to play Maximus, a sequel could involve a "multi-generational drama about Maximus and the Aurelians and this chapter of Rome", similar in concept to The Godfather Part II. According to a DreamWorks executive, Crowe "tried to rewrite the entire script on the spot. "[13], Maximus' habit of rubbing soil before each fight references the attachment and affection to his former life as a farmer. The name Maximus Decimus Meridius, it just flowed well. Gladiator Quotes from Maximus. Man Ambition Way. 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. What Oliver did was much greater. 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