We’re not Spartacus (1960)! In our fifth episode we contemplate a big, ambitious and flawed Stanley Kubrick film which in most respects was not a Stanley Kubrick film. Hired by star and producer Kirk Douglas, buffeted by studio execs and cranky actors, subordinate to the expectations of a four-quadrant Hollywood epic, Kubrick made one last “one for them” in Spartacus. After a grueling summer-long shoot, he delivered a three-hour picture considered a classic by most but not one he was happy with—and not one of our Kubrick favorites, either. That said: this is a big movie with a fascinating background and plenty to talk about, including: the relationship between Spartacus and the Red Scare; how this film stacks up against later Hollywood epics like Braveheart and Avatar; Peter Ustinov: The World’s Most Interesting Man; plus, why Spartacus couldn’t have happened in the smartphone era. Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis and Charles Laughton. (1:07:55)
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