Gladiator: The Making of the Ridley Scott Epic

Gladiator: The Making of the Ridley Scott Epic

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557044310
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2000
Series: Pictorial Moviebook Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 323,635
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ridley Scott is the director of G.I. Jane, White Squall, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Thelma and Louise, Black Rain, Someone to Watch Over Me, Legend, Blade Runner, Alien, The Duellist, and the forthcoming Hannibal (2000).

David H. Franzoni's previous films include Amistad and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

John Logan was a screenwriter for RKO 281, Any Given Sunday, and Bats.

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Foreword11
Part 1Raising the Roman Empire: How Gladiator Came to the Screen13
Part 2A Dream That Was Rome: The Story of Gladiator125
Film Credits156
Acknowledgments160

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