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Gladiator : the making of the Ridley Scott epic
Scott, Ridley.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"A Newmarket pictorial moviebook."

Includes film credits.
Added Uniform Title:
Gladiator (Motion picture)
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PN1997.G5328 G53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The official illustrated companion book to the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Russell Crowe), Costume Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.

Director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Alien) brings the glorious battles of the ancient Roman arena back to the big screen. Set against the splendor and barbarity of the Roman Empire in AD 180, Gladiator tells an epic story of courage and revenge: The great Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) has been forced into exile and slavery by the jealous heir to the throne, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). Trained as a gladiator, Maximus returns to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his family by Commodus, now emperor. The one power stronger than that of the emperor is the will of the people, and Maximus knows he can attain his revenge only by becoming the greatest hero in all the Empire. Russell Crowe heads up an international cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, and Richard Harris. Directed by Ridley Scott from a script by David Franzoni and John Logan, Gladiator is produced by Franzoni, Douglas Wick, and Branko Lustig, with Walter F. Parkes serving as executive producer.

This is the official full-color companion book, featuring excerpts from the screenplay, historical sidebars and illustrations, details on period costumes and epic set designs, behind-the-scenes photographs from the location filming, and interviews with the screenwriters, actors, and director.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Having already snagged Golden Globe Awards for Best Film and Best Music and boasting 12 Oscar nominations, Gladiator, the undisputed cinematic spectacle of last year, could easily become another Academy Award juggernaut. Scott's riveting historical drama concerns the fall of a Roman general owing to political intrigues following the death of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his subsequent rise to become the people's hero as a slave and champion gladiator. This cornucopia of over 200 photographs, costume sketches, architectural renderings, storyboards, and digital-effects images is divided among two sections. "Raising the Roman Empire" covers the story development, film locations, cast selections, and film details. "A Dream That Was Rome" explicates the story through synopsis and includes generous excerpts from the screenplay. A beautiful work that transcends its cinematic subject, this book will fascinate anyone with an interest in scenic design or Ancient Rome. An obligatory acquisition. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-An intriguing look at the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film. "Raising the Roman Empire" covers the background of the film, from its original conception and development to set design and the re-creation of the Colosseum. Short interviews with the principal actors include their takes on their respective characters and the actual history behind the story. "A Dream That Was Rome" uses narration, script excerpts, storyboards, and stills to describe the film's action. The entire book is lavishly illustrated with photos, production drawings, and reproductions. The design is attractive and lends itself to browsing. Readers will find many interesting facts, especially about the costumes (Russell Crowe's armor had to be duplicated 12 times) and the visual effects (extras were shot against a green screen and multiplied in the computer for the Colosseum crowd shots).-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Ridley ScottWalter Parkes
Introductionp. 7
Forewordp. 11
Part 1 Raising the Roman Empire: How Gladiator Came to the Screenp. 13
Part 2 A Dream That Was Rome: The Story of Gladiatorp. 125
Film Creditsp. 156
Acknowledgmentsp. 160