In the last century before the birth of the new faith called Christianity, which was destined to overthrow the pagan tyranny of Rome and bring about a new society, the Roman Republic stood at the very center of the civilized world.« Of all things fairest, » sang the poet, « first among cities and home of the gods is golden Rome. » Yet, even at the zenith of her pride and power, the Republic lay fatally stricken with a disease called human slavery. The age of the dictator was at hand, waiting in the shadows for the event to bring it forth. In that same century, in the conquered Greek province of Thrace, an illiterate slave woman added to her master’s wealth by giving birth to a son whom she named Spartacus.
Probablement ce que le cinéaste aura fait de moins intéressant et de plus classique au niveau de la forme à l’échelle de toute sa filmographie, Spartacusn’en demeure pas moins une œuvre exemplaire dans son genre. — Andrew Desmond