Gladiator Poster Analysis
• The poster employs a number of methods in order to attract the audience and make them
aware of the movie and its key themes and ideas.
• Colour is used throughout in order to attract attention and reinforce the creator’s wishes.
Yellow the colour of sand is used throughout, sand is of course a key feature of the sword and
sandal genre immediately asserting and gold, stereotypical swords and sandals colours. Title
is clearly prominent in gold while the motto blends somewhat into the back. The gold clear
writing of Gladiator fits instantly into the colour scheme used alerting the audience to the
genre and topic of the movie.
• Russell Crow is clearly in the foreground dominating the poster overall as an A list actor he
immediately brings appreciation and a seal of quality to the movie, which it would be in dire
need to due to the fact that the sword and sandal genre had been abandoned prior to the
creation of the movie. Furthermore he looks ominous, strong and is very obviously a
gladiator. As gladiators are a very well-known part of roman history the thought of such a
fantastic actor as Russell Crow playing a gladiator immediately attracts attention as an actor
of his calibre would do the time zone proud.
• The largest text is that of the slogan “A Hero Will Rise” this impact fully and easily asserts the
point of the movie and the journey the hero is about to undergo. This immediately attracts a
passer-by and also reinforces the prominent character of Russell Crow who is obviously the
hero the poster discusses.
• Stanley Kubrick: The shining, 2001 Space odyssey, A
clockwork orange, full metal jacket.
• Stanley Kubrick was an American film director,
screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and
photographer. Part of the New Hollywood film-making
wave, Kubrick's films are considered by film historian
Michel Ciment to be "among the most important
contributions to world cinema in the twentieth century",
and he is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most
influential directors in cinematic history. His films, which
are typically adaptations of novels or short stories, cover a
wide range of genres, and are noted for their realism, dark
humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and
evocative use of music.
• Alfred Hitchcock: Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest
• Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE, (13 August 1899 – 29
April 1980) was an English film director and producer,
at times referred to as "The Master of Suspense". He
pioneered many elements of the suspense and
psychological thriller genres. He had a successful career
in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies
and became renowned as England's best director.
Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a
US citizen in 1955