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Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) “I would butcher the whole world if you would only love me. I search the faces of the gods…for ways to please you, to make you proud. One kind word, one full hug… where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight. It would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years”.

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[Commodus - Joaquin Phoenix. Gladiator] "You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: Wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield, but... there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues were on your list.

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gladiator-storyboard-by-Sylvain-Despretz-Objects go out of the picture plane - Contrast of viewpoint, color, and detail. Use of asymmetrical balance for dynamic quality.

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