‘SPARTACUS’: HAILED IN FAREWELL

2017-10-07T08:43:55-07:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, INTERVIEWS, STANLEY KUBRICK|Tags: , , , |

by Eugene Archer Critics have always debated the correct way to apportion the credit for a multi-million-dollar production among producers, writers, actors and corps of technicians, but Stanley Kubrick, the youthful director of Spartacus, has no such doubts. If any critical bouquets are available after the elaborate costume spectacle opens [...]

SPARTACUS (1960) and THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961) – The Guardian Review

2017-08-30T08:36:37-07:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, STANLEY KUBRICK|Tags: , , , |

EPIC FILMS ANCIENT AND MODERN A week of epics. It is true that neither Spartacus (Gaumont) nor The Guns of Navarone (Regal) conform to Bible thumping traditions but as both last for over three hours, including intermissions for the audience to recuperate on orange squash, and are littered with stars, [...]

SPARTACUS AND THE SECOND PART OF THE SOUL

2017-05-03T16:54:48-07:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, STANLEY KUBRICK|Tags: |

by Gordon Braden Roman History at the Movies At the end of Ridley Scott’s film Gladiator (2000), the mortally wounded Maximus (Russell Crowe), having killed the psychopathic emperor Commodus in gladiatorial combat in the Colosseum, speaks to the suddenly silent crowd: “There was a dream that was Rome. It shall [...]