Directed by Stanley Kubrick
It is currently 11:37 at night and my eyes are beginning to close. Still, I want to crank the is one out before I go to sleep. Also, I am watching Scream for probably the tenth time and the body count is not high enough yet to call it a night.
We have had quite a lot of cheesy sandal and sand epics that have been annoyingly pious and about two hours too long. However, this is quite a nice change from that and we actually get an enjoyable, non preachy film. Hurray!
Spartacus is a slave who, because of his insolence, is sentenced to be a gladiator. He becomes a leader and a symbol of hope for the other slaves and is just overall a stand up guy.
Obviously, this film isn't just about a slave rebellion in ancient Rome, but applies to any rich vs. poor scenario, with the good guys always being the poor guys.
I have never been a huge Douglas or Kubrick fan (I will never forgive him for making me sit through 2001: A Space Odyssey) but this a great film and far surpasses the epics we have seen before.
Kirk Douglas clashed with both Anthony Mann (the original director) and Stanley Kubrick.
#5 in AFI's top 10 epic films.
One of the main reasons Kirk Douglas did this film was to show up Ben Hur. Mission accomplished.
No, I'm Spartacus!