History Trivia / Spartacus

9th Feb '18 7:27:19 AM Dommie222
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** Not just the screenwriter. The writer of the original novel was also on the blacklist. More than that, making a film about Spartacus was itself highly radical since he had long been a hero for leftists and Creator/KarlMarx himself considered Spartacus his all-time favorite hero. Secretly using an expensive EpicMovie to make what is essentially a leftist epic was pretty subversive for that era.

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** Not just the screenwriter. The writer of the original novel novel, HowardFast, was also on the blacklist. More than that, making a film about Spartacus was itself highly radical since he had long been a hero for leftists and Creator/KarlMarx himself considered Spartacus his all-time favorite hero. Secretly using an expensive EpicMovie to make what is essentially a leftist epic was pretty subversive for that era.
9th Dec '17 4:54:50 PM JulianLapostat
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** Though Douglas and Kubrick had collaborated amicably on Paths, Spartacus proved another story. Kubrick's notoriously prickly, perfectionist personality led to endless rows with Douglas, arguing over script content, editing, the staging of scenes and even Kubrick's wardrobe. When Douglas asked Kubrick his opinion of the "I Am Spartacus" scene, Kubrick (in front of cast and crew) called it "a stupid idea." Douglas promptly chewed the director out. When Kubrick removed close-ups of Spartacus's crucifixion during the finale, Douglas (by his own account) grew so angry he attacked Kubrick with a folding chair.

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** Though Douglas and Kubrick had collaborated amicably on Paths, Spartacus proved another story. Kubrick's notoriously prickly, perfectionist personality led to endless rows with Douglas, arguing over script content, editing, the staging of scenes and even Kubrick's wardrobe. When Douglas asked Kubrick his opinion of the "I Am Spartacus" scene, Kubrick (in front of cast and crew) called it "a stupid idea." Douglas promptly chewed the director out. When Kubrick removed close-ups of Spartacus's crucifixion during the finale, Douglas (by his own account) grew so angry he attacked Kubrick with a folding chair. Kubrick generally disagreed with the optimistic heroic portrayal of a slave uprising and wanted to include more divisions and complications in the Revolt which he felt would make it ambiguous, whereas Douglas and Trumbo felt that doing so, would make SlaveLiberation look like a bad thing at least in the context of the film they were making.
26th Nov '17 1:44:43 PM nombretomado
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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. (Note that the argument that Christianity caused the fall of Rome has traditionally been used as an argument ''against'' Christianity. Indeed, Christian leaders of TheLowMiddleAges spent some time convincing people that the collapse of the Western Roman Empire had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Rome had abandoned its traditional pagan gods.)

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** The opening narration references Christianity and that it attributed to Rome's fall. That was forced upon by TheHaysCode UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode to make the movie look conservative. They weren't fooling anybody. (Note that the argument that Christianity caused the fall of Rome has traditionally been used as an argument ''against'' Christianity. Indeed, Christian leaders of TheLowMiddleAges spent some time convincing people that the collapse of the Western Roman Empire had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Rome had abandoned its traditional pagan gods.)
21st Nov '17 9:58:14 PM Random888
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*** "Secretly" might be overselling it a bit. Considering the right-wing protests against the film upon its original release, its leftist orientation was about the worst kept secret in screen history. Hedda Hopper commented, "The story was sold to Universal from a book written by a commie and the screen script was written by a commie, so don't go to see it." UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy famously crossed an American Legion picket line to see the film.
20th Nov '17 8:50:04 PM Random888
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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.

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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. (Note that the argument that Christianity caused the fall of Rome has traditionally been used as an argument ''against'' Christianity. Indeed, Christian leaders of TheLowMiddleAges spent some time convincing people that the collapse of the Western Roman Empire had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Rome had abandoned its traditional pagan gods.)
12th Aug '17 7:19:47 AM ClintEastwood
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* WrittenByCastMember: Creator/CharlesLaughton hated the Dalton Trumbo-written dialogue he was initially given, so Peter Ustinov rewrote all of the scenes featuring Batiatus and Gracchus together, which placated Laughton enough to complete his portion of the film.
12th Aug '17 7:16:09 AM ClintEastwood
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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis.Creator/TonyCurtis.


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* HostilityOnTheSet: In addition to Creator/KirkDouglas and Creator/StanelyKubrick butting heads onset, Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, much like their characters, were longtime rivals and barely on speaking terms.
1st Aug '17 3:57:16 AM jormis29
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** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Jeanne Moreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.

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** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Jeanne Moreau Creator/JeanneMoreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.
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.
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