If you're in the mood to see an historical epic on the big screen, come and see "Spartacus" at the State Theatre on Sunday, which will be presented by the State Theatre Film Collective at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the historical drama film, released in 1960, tells the tale of the rebellious Thracian Spartacus. In ancient Rome, the gladiator-slave Spartacus ignites a revolt against generations of exploitation and torture. The slave uprising gains force, and terrifies the Roman Senate. The revolt is suppressed, and Spartacus is hunted. But Spartacus has given the slaves a taste of liberty that now threatens to topple the Roman Empire.
Thracian Spartacus is played by Kirk Douglas, who is considered to be one of the top 20 greatest American male sceen actors of all time. He received the 1996 Academy Honorary Award with three other Best Actor Academy Award nominations for Lust for Life in 1956, Bad and the Beautiful in1952 and Champion in 1949.
In the Oscar race, Peter Ustinov won Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and the movie also picked up awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Cinemagraphy, Color; and Best Costume Design; Color. The film was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
They just don't make epics like "Spartacus" anymore, and there aren't really any big screen icons like Kirk Douglas anymore. If you've never seen "Spartacus," or even if you've seen it dozens of times, you don't want to miss this rare opportunity to see this action-packed gem on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen.