In Alexander, Directed by Oliver Stone the Battle of Gaugamela was said to be fought in Gaugamela Persia. Fought between Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia and Darius III, Persian conqueror of Asia Minor. In the film, accurate information was shown, but in less detail in Arrian’s interpretation. Several moves were left out, but did show the 3 most significant events in the film. It showed Alexanders Right and Left flank strategic formation and the cause of Darius Retreat. This was important as all three events were put in exact order which depicts the battle.
The Features of the battle seen in the film was the original tactics that Alexander used. Such as Alexanders scan of the ground before he went to battle. In the first task, Arian stated that the ground was also checked so that there were no other hidden dangers such as pits, traps or spikes in which his cavalry could fall in. Although Alexander did not send a reconnaissance party his scan over the battle field, him standing over the battle field glaring out implied he was checking there were no hidden dangers. The two armies moved out to meet each other, the Macedonians moved to their right the Persian’s moved in the same direction in order to out flank the Macedonians as said in the first task by Arrian, this information was accurate as it was shown in the film. The film also showed the Macedonians sending part of their army to overwhelm Darius’s chariots with arrows and showing some violence of pulling them to the ground crushing Darius’s chariots. The mounted troops in advance went to their left to ride round the Macedonian right where Alexander was in control to stop them from extending anymore to the right. Mercenary horses charged at Darius’s army, the Persians then launched their scythed chariots as retaliation. The film showed the Persians at full flight and the Macedonians in a pursuit , cutting down fugitives by then a messenger sent with a urgent message was sent to inform Alexander that his troops needed help. When he received this information he made another pursuit, came round with a companion cavalry and galloped full speed towards the Persian right by then the scene of the battle was ending and showed Darius’s retreat.
Parts the film did miss out certain animals such as the war elephants, but throughout the Battle of Gaugamela scene as a whole it was very much accurate. The two armies were easily differed as the two armies moved out to meet each other, and their costumes were very different showing the Greeks wearing helmets with read threaded fabric coming out the top, long spears with different coloured tips and shields. Emphasis was given to the middle of the battle when Alexanders army was well under pressure, showing the killing of his men and showing Darius’s army coming around trying to break through Alexanders line, resulting in the death of a few of Alexanders men. This was emphasized as it gave the audience and Idea of the seriousness of the battle and showed Darius’s tactics on trying to out flank Alexanders army. This is a common tactic because Darius saw Alexander’s army at his most vulnerable attacking him from the back and the sides . The film makers try to make the audience more sympathetic to one side over the other this is depicted though certain actions within scenes such as in the actual battle itself. This is done thought the use of the type of music played. This escalates along with the drama that emotionally draws the audience into feelings of understanding and underlying agreement with how the director wants to be understood by the audience. As the title of the film stipulates it is called “Alexander” so therefore we are expected to be sympathetic with him if it was called “Darius” then we could draw the conclusion that we are supposed to be in agreement with Darius hence why the film is unevenly skewered in favor of Alexander.