History Trivia / Spartacus

27th Mar '17 2:54:40 PM JulianLapostat
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* AwardCategoryFraud: The movie was mostly shot by Creator/StanleyKubrick himself, but the Oscar won in that category went to Russell Metty.
19th Mar '17 6:49:47 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* CommonKnowledge: George Kennedy is often claimed to be one of the gladiators during the "I am Spartacus!" scene, but it's actually stuntman Bob Morgan.
12th Feb '17 11:30:10 AM JulianLapostat
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* WagTheDirector: Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''The Fall Of The Roman Empire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.

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* WagTheDirector: Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann Creator/AnthonyMann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''The Fall Of The Roman Empire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.
11th Feb '17 8:39:11 AM RaiderDuck
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** While having his name listed as the Director of a famous hit movie certainly helped his career, Kubrick professed dislike for the film itself. And after suffering through the multiple clashes with both actors and studio on this film, Kubrick insisted on full creative control, in writing, for his subsequent films.
1st Feb '17 10:26:41 AM JulianLapostat
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* CreativeDifferences: Creator/KirkDouglas, a passionate Zionist, wanted the history depicted to parallel the story of the Jewish people. He clashed with screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was more interested in making the film a commentary on the Cold War.
1st Feb '17 10:20:05 AM ooh
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** The opening narration references Christianity and that it attributed to Rome's fall. That was forced upon by TheHaysCode to make the movie look conservative. They weren't fooling anybody.
** Older prints of the film removed all closeups of a dying, crucified Spartacus at the film's end. The Criterion DVD includes this alternate ending as a special feature, with speculation over whether this was done for censorship or artistic reasons.
28th Nov '16 1:57:31 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Creator/VivienLeigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Peter Ustinov disliked Dalton Trumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Jean Simmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Tony Curtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.

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** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Creator/VivienLeigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Peter Ustinov disliked Dalton Trumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Jean Simmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Tony Curtis Creator/TonyCurtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.
16th Nov '16 1:25:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Vivien Leigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Peter Ustinov disliked Dalton Trumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Jean Simmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Tony Curtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.

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** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Vivien Leigh Creator/VivienLeigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Peter Ustinov disliked Dalton Trumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Jean Simmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Tony Curtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.
25th Oct '16 6:50:59 AM ooh
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*** There is a similar sequence in existing copies the film, when Varinia announces to Spartacus that she is pregnant. Tree branches are used as SceneryCensor for the most part, so all you see in that scene is Simmons' rear.
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