STANLEY KUBRICK | USA | 1960 | 197 MIN | PG-13 | ENGLISH
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s Film Essentials series.
Stanley Kubrick set the gold standard for grand historical epics with this Oscar-winning historical drama about the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. The film weaves a sprawling, richly detailed tale, featuring lush Technicolor cinematography and a raft of supporting roles by the likes of Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, and Peter Ustinov (who won an Oscar for his performance). Yet Spartacus is truly a showcase for the late, great Kirk Douglas, who produced the film and brought his trademark intensity to the title role. The film is notable for Douglas’s off-screen heroics as well: he helped to end Hollywood’s blacklist by hiring and giving full credit to blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton
What critics are saying: “Spartacus is a rousing testament to the spirit and dignity of man…” – Variety
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s FILM ESSENTIALS series.
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