Monday, April 22, 2019

By the Gods!

Massimo Girotti, as Spartacus, and Umberto Silvestri are about to come to blows in SPARTACUS - SINS OF ROME (1953)

I like this film directed by Riccardo Freda. It has many memorable moments. But this scene, which starts the revolt of gladiators against the Roman army, could have been handled better. Spartacus knocks the brutal gladiator trainer (Silvestri), who is killed. Roman guards, who witnessed this, tell Spartacus that they have the weapons to kill him but he grabs the torch and uses that as a weapon, making other gladiators do the same to the Roman guards. It's okay as a scene but it lacks the oomph or anger that it needed to trigger the revolt. What I do like about this scene is that it happens in the second act of the story, which, structurally speaking, makes more sense than the revolt in the Kirk Douglas' SPARTACUS (1960), which happens in the first act of the story. I also like the background information of Spartacus in the 1953 version, with Spartacus becoming a famous gladiator, etc.

1 comment:

Scott Ochiltree said...

In my view the maritime arena scene with Gianna playing her usual role of Patrician villainess is one of the very best in the entire Peplum genre.