The below comments are from Sherry Shale (address for full artictle at the end of post)
I happen to think that both the Roman and French have been represented within the film. As below details the Roman connections, you only have to take one look at Effie Trinkett’s outfits to see she is inspired by the French at the time of the revolution.
It was kind of the genius of French Aristocrats to dress so beautifully that, if you are someone who loves beautiful things, you sort of overlook the fact that all the peasants in France were starving when they revolted. Instead you just think that Marie Antoinette was aesthetically stunning, and what happened was sad
Read more: http://www.thegloss.com/2013/03/05/culture/effie-trinket-hunger-games/#ixzz2uTgOORGf
One dominant theme here is unequivocally the same as the “bread and circus” of historical Rome’s strategy of distraction for its masses of citizenry by providing free grain to the poor in time of need (so they didn’t riot) and plenty of gladiator and chariot entertainment (to preoccupy their time from learning too much about the corruption of their leaders). Some historians have argued that the so-called “republic” was so corrupt—such as the Senate—that it was necessary for Julius Caesar to dismantle their pretense of representation.
And because Rome was an aggressive, warrior state, which colonized neighboring countries, its culture inured its own people to the idea of killing human life, as entertainment—with extravagant orgies of bloody and brutal slaughter—even animals against humans. Herein Hunger Games most clearly follows this same strategy—but more for the motive of “punishment” for past district rebellion, and to keep those masses in their place through intimidation (and some distractive hope but not too much).
Yet, surprisingly, few movie reviews on the Internet, I read (about eight or so from the 1st listings after googling “hunger games movie review”, discussed much these obvious historical references to either revolutionary France or ancient Rome? How could this be when the movie made it so obvious? Some of its characters had names distinctly Roman: Cinna, Caesar, Cato, etc. Is there something wrong with our mainstream media and Internet writers to not have connected the dots? Hell, this movie even had horse-drawn chariots running down the equivalent of a Coliseum? (Mere mentioning the word ‘gladiators’ or ‘Coliseum’ hardly constitutes critical awareness and seems very superficial? Found at https://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/the-hunger-games-an-alternative-media-movie-review-0