USA 1960. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. 197 min. DCP

“Kubrick’s sandal saga has aged amazingly well ... To see it again on the big screen, in all its expansive glory, is a treat.”

NEW RESTORATION! ► A rousing swords-and-sandals epic in Technirama and Technicolor, Spartacus was the great Stanley Kubrick’s only work-for-hire: the young director was parachuted in to replace Hollywood veteran Anthony Mann, who was fired by executive producer and star Kirk Douglas after a week of shooting. Douglas plays titular gladiator Spartacus, leader of a slave revolt against the Roman Empire in 73 B.C. The proverbial cast of thousands — including some 10,500 extras! — also features Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis, Woody Strode, John Gavin (as Julius Caesar), and Peter Ustinov, the latter in an Academy Award-winning supporting role as a slave dealer. The film also copped Oscars for it sumptuous cinematography (by Russell Metty), lavish art direction, and costume design. Dalton Trumbo not only wrote the screenplay but was credited with it — a fact which helped end Hollywood’s decade-long blacklist. Spartacus is a truly towering (and technically flawless) achievement — one of the finest gargantuan historical spectacles ever made.



"May be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity."

Chicago Reader | full review

★★★★ "A stirring classic ... The great-granddaddy of Ridley Scott's Gladiator hasn't lost any muscle tone after nearly half a century."

The Guardian | full review