Spartacus: Film and History / Edition 1

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Stanley Kubrick's epic film Spartacus has enjoyed iconic status in cinema history and strongly influenced modern perspectives on ancient Rome. This book examines the film from different historical, political, and cinematic perspectives. The chief ancient sources on the slave revolt led by Spartacus are included in translation. Contributors explore the film's representation of history, the political climate at the time of its making, the history of its production, censorship, and restoration, its place in film history, and its enduring appeal. For the first time, the book offers suggestions for a new version of the film that comes even closer to the filmmakers' original intent than the restoration currently available.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Both the range of positions and also the excellent bibliographic notes (especially from Winkler and Ward) provide a fine basis for any student to develop their knowledge of the original events, the making of the movie, or the political and cultural context of the time.” (Art & Archaeology, 2010)

“Like [Winkler’s] volumes on Gladiator and Troy, [Spartacus] has fascinating information and impassioned arguments.” (Cineaste, Spring 2009)

“The 11 essays by eight authors examine in depth the iconic classic from a variety of fascinating historical, political, and cinematic perspectives.” (Choice)

"I thought i was becoming a little bored with Spartacus until I read this book ... it made me remember why I found the subject so fascinating in the first place. This volume is invaluable for everyone interested in epic movies, the Roman Republic, the Cold War or the process of the appropriation of rebels." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

“Winkler’s Spartacus: Film and History breaks new ground … [an] invaluable volume.” (New England Classical Journal)

“An outstanding and innovative volume that will be very useful to teachers and students of Classics and Cinema.” (Classical Outlook)

"As a study of a particular age and country in cinema history, the book does indeed make a contribution." (Scholia Reviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405131803
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin M. Winkler is Professor of Classics at George Mason University. Most recently he has edited the essay collections Troy: From Homer’s Iliad to Hollywood Epic (Blackwell, 2006), Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004), and Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates     vii
Notes on Contributors     ix
Introduction   Martin M. Winkler     1
Who Killed the Legend of Spartacus? Production, Censorship, and Reconstruction of Stanley Kubrick's Epic Film   Duncan L. Cooper     14
Dalton Trumbo vs. Stanley Kubrick: The Historical Meaning of Spartacus   Duncan L. Cooper     56
Spartacus, Exodus, and Dalton Trumbo: Managing Ideologies of War   Frederick Ahl     65
Spartacus: History and Histrionics   Allen M. Ward     87
Spartacus, Rebel Against Rome   C. A. Robinson, Jr.     112
Training + Tactics = Roman Battle Success From Spartacus: The Illustrated Story of the Motion Picture Production     124
The Character of Marcus Licinius Crassus   W. Jeffrey Tatum     128
Roman Slavery and the Class Divide: Why Spartacus Lost   Michael Parenti     144
The Holy Cause of Freedom: American Ideals in Spartacus   Martin M. Winkler     154
Spartacus and the Stoic Ideal of Death   Francisco Javier Tovar Paz     189
"Culturally Significant and Not Just Simple Entertainment": History and the Marketing of Spartacus   Martin M. Winkler     198
The Principal Ancient Sources on Spartacus     233
Plutarch, Crassus 8-11 and Pompey 21.1-2     234
Appian, The Civil Wars 1.14.111 and 116-121.1     238
Sallust, The Histories 3.96 and 98 (M) = 3.64 and 66 (McG)     241
Livy, Periochae 95-97     243
Velleius Paterculus, Compendium of Roman History 2.30.5-6     243
Florus, Epitome of Roman History 2.8 (3.20)     243
Frontinus, Strategies 1.5.20-22 and 7.6, 2.4.7 and 5.34     245
Orosius, History against the Pagans 5.24.1-8 and 18-19     246
Bibliography     248
Index     260
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