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Spartacus: Film and History

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This is the first book systematically to analyze Kirk Douglas' and Stanley Kubrick's depiction of the slave revolt led by Spartacus from different historical, political, and cinematic perspectives.
Examines the film's use of ancient sources, the ancient historical contexts, the political significance of the film, the history of its censorship and restoration, and its place
Paperback, 267 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Blackwell Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Apr 08, 2008 Philip rated it liked it
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I wasn't surprised to read about the different visions for this movie among the producer and star (Kirk Douglas), director (Stanley Kubrick) and writer(s), not to mention the usual hack job done by the studio. But I didn't realize that it was one of the first movies to break the McCarthy-era blacklist, and the tension over the socialist undertones of the movie is actually pretty interesting. The essays noting the historical accuracies and inaccuracies are a bonus.
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