In this episode we take a walk into Dr Radford’s specialisation – history on film! And where better to start than with Spartacus, the 1960 epic directed (eventually) by Stanley Kubrick and starring the one, the only, Kirk Douglas.
A Complex Film for a Complex Man
This film has a number of complications to explore:
- There’s the 1951 novel by Howard Fast that inspired the screenplay
- There’s the screenplay itself, where major credit is given to Dalton Trumbo
- And there’s the complications that arise from the challenges of finding a director who could stick with the project
This is all before we even cut to the chase on the primary source material!
So what relationship does the film bear to the historical sources? And who exactly was Spartacus?
Find out in this foray into the translation of ancient history into popular entertainment!
Unfortunately there are very few images available in the public domain of the film making the photo above the best we can offer you!