Episode 097: Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus”
A discussion of Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film, “Spartacus.”
In 1960, Stanley Kubrick took the opportunity of a lifetime for an independent filmmaker of the time, he took a job as director of a major Hollywood motion picture. “Spartacus” was the giant, epic film produced by the star of Kubrick’s last film, “Paths of Glory,” But after firing director Anthony Mann, Douglas decided to bring on the young director thinking he could push him around the production. “Spartacus” is unlike any other Stanley Kubrick film before or after and is a film that brought Hollywood to the obsessive filmmaker.
What is so different about “Spartacus” in Stanley Kubrick’s career? Did Kubrick bring any of his artistic sensibilities to a Hollywood film production like “Spartacus?” And why is “Spartacus” considered Stanley Kubrick’s most important film?
Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” is the subject of episode 97 of the AuteurCast…