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“Gladiator”¯ is the historic film directed by Ridley Scott in 2000, composers – Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. This film got a lot of awards. Among them: Oscar (the 73-rd Academy Awards) as best film, best actor, visual effects, best sound; BAFTA: as the best film, the best operator work, montage and art-design. The Gold Globe: as best film (drama), best music (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard).

I can consider three types of power: politic power, power of love (Maximus’s love for his family) and will-power (saving the ability to stay alive and win). A lot of destinies intertwine in this film. We saw the politic power from within with its cruelty and horrors. The title of the film means not only the Maximus’s position in society but all his life. From the very beginning we understand who is who. Cruel Commodus is contrasted with valiant and courageous Maximus. Commodus stopped at nothing; he even made a parricide for the immediate power. Such things like family, honour and respect are alien to him. His sister Lucilla acted in the best antique traditions: firstly she slapped in the Commodus’s face like criminal after that she kissed his arm like a sovereign. The hatred, power and hatred got accustomed to this family. The events of “Anthony and Cleopatra”¯ and “Gladiator”¯ took place practically at the same time and place: in Roman Empire. I think methods of goal achievement and country control are similar: cruelty and treason prospered.

The soundtrack is often used for creating the TV-programs. One of them (The Might of Rome) sounded in scandal-famous clip of Russian party “Rodina”¯ (“Motherland”¯), because of this track it was dismissed from the elections in 2006.

“The Shawshank Redemption”¯ is American drama film, directed by Frank Darabont in 1994 according the Stephen King’s novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”¯. Film set the 2-nd place in the list of 250 best films (IMDb version). I think in this film are shown the will-power (it is very difficult to be in prison, especially when you are not guilty); prison is a separate world which lives according to its own laws and rulers. The warden had the strongest power there: he could kill the person if it was necessary and prevent the discharge someone else, if it was in his interests. Another kind of power that I can consider is friendship (Ellis Boyd “Red”¯ Redding and Andy Dufresne).

This film is not about a state politics but about relationships between people and there striving for freedom and justice. And this is the main difference between “Anthony and Cleopatra”¯ and “The Shawshank Redemption”¯. But these two works have one similarity: heroes of both works aim at the best life. For Cleopatra and Anthony this life consists of power and love; for Andy and “Red: ”“ in freedom and normal human life.

This film had some consequences for the real prisons. On 17 December, 2007 two convicts escape from the (Union County jail in New Jersey. Reporters called it “escape in Shawshank style”¯. Prisoners used the poster of a girl to hide the undermining and leave the gratifying letter to the guard. Later the last one committed a suicide.

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