Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Gladiator‘ will be screened tonight, June 6th, at the Colosseum at the presence of lead actor Russell Crowe, and on June 8th and 9th at Circo Massimo.
For the exceptional charity screenings the soundtrack will be played live by the 200 members of the Italian Cinema Orchestra in synchrony with the dialogues and choir will be conducted by Justin Freer, with singer Lisa Gerrard, who won the Golden Globe for the title song “Now we are free’” and composer Hans Zimmer in attendance.
Tonight, about 300-350 lucky guest-donors – for tickets ranging from €1,500 to €3,000 – will get the unique opportunity to experience all the emotions brought up by the movie in the very place that is seen digitally reproduced on the big screen, but also to attend a guided tour of the underground archaeological area of the Colosseum and to savor a dinner at the Terrazza Valadier prepared by chef Cristina Bowerman.
On June 8th and 9th, the orchestral screening of the epic historical drama will be enjoyed but a much larger audience at Circo Massimo – tickets ranging between €50 and €250. Part of the proceeding of the screenings will be used to provide a new lift for disabled people at the Colosseum, which will cost 200,000 euros and is expected to be delivered by June 2019.
Freer said: “Gladiator remains one of the most vibrant and visceral stories ever told on film. Reliving this masterpiece and its unforgettable soundtrack with a live chorus and orchestra, in the very sites where the gladiators of the Roman Empire battled one another, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett