Gladiator has many, memorable shots and scenes and one of them is the scene where
is scraping off his upper arm the letters, SPQR, “Senate and People of
Without even a
can show how he is feeling in this scene. He feels sad, betrayed and angry. He feels sad for the tragedy it has brought to his life, because
all the work he has done for himself, for his army, has brought him to a
slave’s cell. He feels
betrayed for how “Rome” has murdered his wife and son, and their way
of life. He feels angry for all this and thus is scraping off his
loyalty to “SPQR.” Not
only that, he feels pain, in the physical sense of his skin being rubbed
off. Also, he is in pain emotionally after all that has occurred.
Every fan of Crowe knows that even without words, he can act out his emotions. It’s a nice change from all the guns and explosions usually
used to just fill space in a film.
Crowe has redefined those early, silent films of the movie industry.
“talks” but with his mouth closed and his eyes flickering.
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