1960, Stanley Kubrick, USA, ca. 197 min.
With Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
- Sat, Jul 25th 3:00pm
- Tue, Jul 28th 6:30pm
“One hell of a show... This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“Seen three decades later in a lovingly restored version, SPARTACUS still plays like an extraordinary epic.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Swords and sandals with Kubrick’s visionary scope and an all-star cast made for four Oscar wins, including Peter Ustinov for Best Supporting Actor. Freedom is the word as 73-B.C. gladiator-slaves throw off tyranny and briefly bring ancient Rome to its knees in blacklistee Dalton Trumbo’s screenplay, rife with veiled references to the terrors of McCarthyism. The stamp of Kubrick’s perfectionism is manifest in steamy intimate encounters and monumental battle scenes choreographed with a precision still unequaled. Widescreen 4K DCP digital restoration from NBC Universal Distribution. (BS)
Because of unforeseen technical problems, Universal's 4K restoration of SPARTACUS was not completed in time for our scheduled screenings. We will be showing the 2K restoration instead. It is the 196-minute version that was endorsed by Kubrick, and it looks very good. There will be a four-minute orchestral overture before the opening credits, and a 15-minute intermission, which will occur approximately 107 minutes into the film.