The original Spartacus of Stanley Kubrick is definitely more than just a historic movie. It is more than just an Oscar winning picture and classic. The Spartacus is a rare example of the masterpiece and icon of the cinematography of XXth century! This movie is a whole book of life, history and philosophy. Can you say that about Titanic (1997) for example? Titanic was so exaggerated overrated movie of all times that made Avatar look good. Like a motion picture Titanic was just OK, but it was much better like a musical, because the musical part in Titanic the only thing we have all appreciated well.
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The Spartacus was made many years before that Cameron’s slick Titanic, and it still looks professionally and inspiriting. First of all, look at the casting crew; do you see here some blond teenagers with the famine girlish face (aka Di Caprio, Beiber)? Kirk Douglas-and this sums all up. Kirk Douglas is like Robert De Niro, you look at his eyes and you see the story. Could you say the same about today’s faggot actors like Brad Pitt, Orlado Doomed and Di Caprio?
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The grandiose picture of Roman Empire in its glory looks more like a heavy and leathered book of history from your central library; it looks like a poem of Homer — laconic, but harsh and severe in details. Spartacus has his fate and he struggles against humiliation and injustice as he can physically and spiritually, gathering people like him around Roman lands and provinces. This movie accentuates the escape of Spartacus from the Roman training camp as a result of love to Felicia- a young Greek slave woman-who was suddenly bargained out and transported from Spartacus to Crass-the notorious Roman general. That makes a movie more like a romantic novel, than a historic fact. But as we know, the history is just the same novel and fiction, but logically based on and approached to some possible facts. Possible facts are just that then possible everything.
The trace of Empire
Maybe most memorable and legendary line of Spartacus in this epopee, which makes you feel that the old Hollywood is still has something spiritual to offer, is then Spartacus meets with the singer and poet. After the great escape Spartacus gathers some slaves around him and makes a fire camp. The freed people are eating around the fire now, chatting about different trifle things and then the poet stands up and signs the song. The poet tells his song about home and freedom and Spartacus comes off the camp, hiding behind a tree sadly. His stolen woman asks him why you’ve left off the camp and what has happened. Then the Spartacus turns to Filicia and reveals himself in the following phrase which I will try to reproduce from my memory:
[blockquote_message]He have everything. He can tell the songs. But what I can do? What do I have in this world? I even can’t read.[/blockquote_message]
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This line makes you see the real poorness and cruelness of the Roman Empire then people were enchained for a hard work as animals. Here we see the outcasts and products of Empire and we do realize that any great Empire sacrifices too much of people’s spirit and talent for that progress of a war. The history repeats itself and we can say that was in Nazi Germany, in USSR and in the USA and China today. This movement towards progress is a world of Spartacus there you are slave in anything, if not physically than spiritually and physiologically.
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The battle moments of coliseum made realistic – fast and bloody. In comparison with the Gladiator (2001) it looks harsher and simpler. The Gladiator’s battle is a whole spectacle and musical performance. The central moment of Gladiator is a battle theater itself and the mood of the crowd. Most time of the movie Spaniard hangs up in different battle arenas. In the Spartacus movie the main events are accentuated on a theater of the open-air battles and drama of a whole epoch of Roman Empire, not just on the main hero, Spartacus. However, they have some common elements like love story between the man and the woman, but the slavery aspect in Gladiator founded very weak. Both movies are great, but once again Spartacus (1960) is the indisputable masterpiece of all times, not just a commercial success, but an icon of cinema.
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There is no need to describe a whole movie and spoil the interest. For all of those who never seen it is great shame to not see it. The movie is long, approximately 4 hours, and that makes it more like a long Roman epopee. It has many iconic moments like Speech of Crass about Roman Empire, speech of Spartacus with the foreign trader and in the assaulted coliseum and so on and on. The Spartacus movie is the rare example about which we can only say that you should buy it and watch in a big screen! Don’t waste your own time (4hrs!). Believe this movie is not just another of those passing hits and flicks which you will firstly preview in atrocious quality or online and then maybe buy a ticket to theater. This movie definitely deserves the separate place in your golden collection of the legendary movie of all times!