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Spartacus: Kubrick’s Controversial Epic

Lecture no. 3 from the course: A Historian Goes to the Movies: Ancient Rome

Spartacus: Kubrick’s Controversial Epic

Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Discover what makes Spartacus—despite being one of the best-known cinema epics of ancient Rome—something of an oddity. It’s a gladiator film with only one scene of combat. Its production was rife with conflict. Its narrative misrepresents the real-life Spartacus’s goals. And it played an important role in Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist movement.


January 21, 2020