June 19, 2024


Art Is Experience

Kirk Douglas in ‘Spartacus’ – Los Angeles Times

Kirk Douglas, who died nowadays at age 103, was recognized for several roles, but “Spartacus” was 1 of his most visible and iconic.

In 1955, he launched the 1st movie manufactured beneath his possess banner, Bryna Productions, which was named right after his mother. Bryna also manufactured the 1957 antiwar movie “Paths of Glory,” starring Douglas and directed by a younger Stanley Kubrick. 3 yrs afterwards, they collaborated on “Spartacus.”

Right here are some visuals from that movie.

“Spartacus,” 1960

Douglas not only starred in “Spartacus” he he also manufactured it, and as producer he secretly employed the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo to produce the screenplay.

“Spartacus,” 1960

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Douglas plays the gladiator leader of a Roman slave revolt in “Spartacus,” directed by Kubrick. The film’s 1st director was Anthony Mann, but Douglas fired him early in output and brought in Kubrick, who had directed him in “Paths of Glory.”

“Spartacus,” 1960

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Woody Strode, left, and Douglas in a scene from “Spartacus.”


Douglas, left, and Strode in “Spartacus.” The movie gained 4 Oscars.

“Spartacus,” 1960

Spartacus had battles on-display screen, and Douglas had battles off-display screen, including with the Manufacturing Code Administration, forerunner of today’s MPAA.

“Spartacus,” 1960

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Douglas, entrance, and John Ireland in a scene from “Spartacus.”

“Spartacus,” 1960

Recognized and discovered with the position for good, Douglas wrote a memoir entitled “I Am Spartacus!”