The funny thing is... you can sense all of these dominant personalities each trying desperately to make a wily, subversive statement, but being restricted by another dominant creative force. Ultimately, it makes for an unbalanced, but interesting watch.
Though a very American film to the core, its stylized cinematography recall classical tableaus, and the old Hollywood acting, though at times dated, conjures up grandeur of a long forgotten era. As a result, Spartacus balances its emotional bombast with a formal majesty, resulting in a story not unlike classical poetic epics.
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.