2011-07-14 14:48:00 UTC
would watch this epic again. What a treat! The huge battle scene looks
quite fantastic in high def, especially when we know its down with
thousands of extras and not computers.
And what an amazing hodge podge of a movie. It was the most expensive
Hollywood movie of its time, back in 1960, and with Stanley Kubrick
directing, it's quite a spectacle and a scene. I read a quote from
producer/actor Kurt Douglas saying he hoped Kubrick would have a flop
soon so he would learn hou do compromise. But did Kubrick compromise
after Barry Lyndon?
Some of the acting in Spartacus is terrific. Charles Laughton and Peter
Ustinov are wonderful especially in their scene together. Laurence
Olivier is good. Kurt Douglas is hammy. John Gavin, as Julius Caesar,
seems to belong in a different movie. And why do they call him Caesar? I
thought Caesar was a title, like Czar or Kaiser.
Jean Simmons is gracious and lovely. She too seems to be coming from a
different movie than one about oppressed slaves thousands of years ago.
The homosexual subtext in the movie is also a delight, not only with the
snails and oysters scene, but with all the cute naked statues. And there
is a scene where Laughton talks about liking women, as if it were wrong
to like women.
The political subtext of the movie is also fascinating, with commie
propaganda lurking throughout. There are lovely scenes of the escaped
slaves in their camps, working in their paradisaical collective.
It's fascinating the way Spartacus veers from being an intelligent
Kubrick movie to a Hollywood schlock movie.