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Tricia's retro film review: Spartacus

Spartacus (1960)


Spartacus is the 1960 epic directed by Stanley Kubrick. Spartacus is a rebel slave who is sent to gladiator school. When a gladiator named Darba spares his life in a bout and is killed trying to fight the Romans, it inspires him to lead a rebellion that successfully escapes. They try to returns to their homelands while fighting the Roman soldiers who hunt them down. Rome decides to send as many soldiers as they can to stop them. Soon, the two groups clash, can the slaves win this desperate fight?

This is a pretty good epic. What is unusual at the time is that it has a sad ending, as Spartacus’ group is beaten and executed. The only consolation is that his wife is able to get out of Italy with their son. Interestingly, the movie spends just as much time on the antagonists as they do on Spartacus. It makes the story seem bigger than just one man. It helps that the antagonists are also three dimensional characters. Savvy viewers will catch a reference to bisexuality at a time when American movies usually didn’t mention it. Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.

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