the Real Spartacus
Spartacus was of course a historical figure on who there are not that
many details. I saw a Discovery Chanel feature a while back which had
just the dry historical facts. However, as a figure that has inspired
many,(the guy was a favorite of Marx) particularly because its' a story
of the oppressed rising against the rich. Therefore many people have
taken the skeleton of what's known and added their own fictional meat.
There is an old book by an Italian, Raffaelo Giovagnoli which I read as
a kid and really loved. It has Spartacus falling in love with Sulla's
wife Valeria, and he has a son and so on. Then there seems to be the
Howard Fast book which I haven't read.
Kubrick's is but another interpretation of that story, and a very
Hollywood one at that, with the positives and negatives that entails.
For some reason, many people on this board seem to associate the name
Spartacus only with Kubrick and Douglas and assume this is a remake.
It's not. It uses the base of what is known about Spartacus and adds
fiction like the girl (by the way, I'm a big Rhona Mitra fan, she is
sssmokin'), and the love story and so on. I don't know if that is taken
from the H. Fast book or not but if this series is treated as another
re-interpretation of the story rather than a remake of the old movie I
think people would enjoy it a lot more.
That said, I thought that this series is really well done, as are many
mini-series of this kind such as the Dune ones or Merlin. The actors
are very solid and many are British which is always a good thing in my
book. For some reason there seems to be a rule that in every historical
movie the cast has to be predominantly British and they all make sure
they speak with the appropriate accent.
Altogether a good 3.5/5 with gusts up to 4.5 depending on how much of a
fan you are of a) historical movies; b)Goran; c)Rhona Mitra; d)the
strong supporting cast: Macfayden, McNeice, etc..
apage2 watch College movie
Great miniseries with a lot less blood and sex than in the new spartacus show .
adamsmith watch Turned Out Nice Again movie
The legend of the seeker The Gladiators.
zner watch The Core movie
puffypal watch Born To Dance movie
Thi movie is so amesing.
apple_a121 watch Blue movie
i want to down load it where it possible.
Dr. Kovac is in a coma!
If there is any reason to watch this remake, it is Alan Bates' brief
appearance as Agrippa. This was his very last, and his easy brilliance
is a treasure, as always. There is also some decent camera work and
editing in this mini-series. Poor Goran V. is horribly miscast as
Spartacus. If he had hoped to break his type-cast as a thoughtful,
well-spoken intellectual type with this role, he should have put some
organic, animalistic effort into it. Vin Diesel (whom I detest) would
have been better casting for this part. And as much as I sometimes tire
of Kirk Douglas's over-the-top acting, his raw power in the original
Spartacus was a world-away more convincing..