FILM OF THE WEEK
Stanley Kubrick’s SPARTACUS
This big sprawling Hollywood sword & sandal epic is rarely discussed in Kubrick’s canon (I don’t even think he was able to get his signature one-point perspective into this film). Hired by Kirk Douglas to fill in for a fired director, this is a unique film in Kubrick’s work because it gave him the freedom bring his singular vision to the screen. The previous film (the awesome PATHS OF GLORY) was a small little film that was critically acclaimed, but would he have been able to do LOLITA or DR. STRANGELOVE without SPARTACUS? Hard to say? He was going to do ONE EYED JACKS with Brando, too.
This is one of the four films that propelled me to into wanting to be a filmmaker because of its epic story that had some fantastic intimate moments to it (especialy the restored bathing scene between Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis).