Somewhere between a theatrically presented documentary and a Sunday morning romance film. There was enough substance to work on, while shifting it from arena sand to Roman marble, love to politics, freedom to death. Nevertheless, if not for the cast and a couple of filming tricks, it's monotonous tone could have dragged it into mediocrity.
8.0 GREAT Review at Next Projection: http://nextprojection.com/2015/01/03/stanley-kubrick-cinematic-odyssey-spartacus-review/ 80/100. While the film was made during a high point of Hollywood cinema, there’s no doubt that an unsupervised Kubrick would have wrought out a true masterpiece
Hasta ese instante, la película menos atractiva de Kubrick. "Spartacus" tiene gratos momentos como los planos contra/picados o esos sugerentes diálogos homoeróticos que provoca la presencia de un joven poeta, y además de esa escena conmovedora de una legión sacrificándose por su cabeza de tropa. Fuera de ello, la trama está manchada de trivialidad, a veces incluso uno muy soso.
Kirk Douglas' most iconic performance is captured in the epic 'Spartacus'. A labour of love for executive producer Kirk that resulted in several Oscar nominations and several wins but still stands as an artistic compromise from director Kubrick whose battles with his producers on this one are legendary. Probably the only Kubrick film that one could call 'Hollywood'. Despite that the film has many classic sequences.
Un film COLOSSALE.Certe scene incollano letteralmente alla sedia sia per l'ineguagliabile stile con cui sono girate sia per l'intensità e la bravura che gli interpreti mettono nel loro svolgimento.La rivolta,le marce,le legioni sul campo,il montaggio dei discorsi:tutto lascia senza fiato.A questo si aggiunge una fotografia unica,tipica della grandezza di Kubrick,che ci lascia un'altro capolavoro immortale.5*
Representative of a studio sword and sandal epic of the 60s. I mean when a genre that specific still includes a huge amount of films, you'd have to do something incredible to have it stick out. And it sort of does. Some great performances and recreation of an epoch, and it's not a bad film, entertaining even, but nothing more.
Kubrick didn't consider it "a Kubrick film", thus I don't consider it a Kubrick film. It's just too slick, too "old Hollywood" somehow. He didn't get to put his stamp on the sword and sandal genre the way he did with the period film (Barry Lyndon), the black comedy (Dr. Strangelove), the horror film (The Shining), the war film (Paths Of Glory), the science fiction film (2001), or the heist film (the Killing).