Movie Analysis : ' Spartacus '

1983 Words Jun 1st, 2015 8 Pages
Harrison Tobin
Maymester 2015
Film Analysis
Spartacus: Film Analysis

Spartacus, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1960, is a magnificent Roman tale that represents the passionate and fanatical care that Spartacus, a Thracian slave, ensured for countless innocent slaves and citizens despite the detrimental disadvantage that this massive group of people endured for multiple years. It all began when Lentulus Batiatus, a Roman “lanista” businessman, ventured to North Africa in order to find healthy and vigorous slaves so they could be trained and eventually formed into combat gladiators. Spartacus is a muscular man, therefore he is chosen by Batiatus. Through a series of events, Marcus Licinius Crassus, who is the richest and most powerful man in Rome, enters the gladiator school and insists on seeing a “fight to the death.” Eventually, Spartacus is chosen to duel with Draba; and surprisingly, Draba quickly has Spartacus in a position where he could have easily slayed him, but instead Draba dropped his weapon and attempted to attack Crassus before rapidly being stabbed in the back by a Roman soldier. Shortly after this gladiatorial uprising, Crassus hears that slaves have ran free near Mount Vesuvius but does not seem to worry as he downplays them as “merely just a slave army.” (90, Big Screen Rome) This worries many Roman elites and citizens because “there are more slaves than Romans.” (90, Big Screen Rome) As Gracchus attempts to persuade Crassus to…

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