”The only ﬁlm of mine that I don’t like is Spartacus.”
Kubrick earned for his arrogance and complete lack of empathy. When he cut all closeup shots of the crucified Spartacus from the film’s final scene, a furious Douglas threw a chair at him and, when he didn’t bother to change his clothes for days while shooting, losing the crew’s respect, Douglas approached the director on horseback, pinned him into a corner and ordered the “little prick” go buy new clothes.
In the same tense exchange, Douglas demanded Kubrick shoot the “I Am Spartacus!” scene, which the director thought was a “stupid” idea. But he agreed to do it. And cinematic history was made.
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ – Kubrick said the film is “basically a visual, nonverbal experience” that “hits the viewer at an inner level of consciousness, just as music does, or painting”.
The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer Hal after discovery of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution.
It deals with the themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. It is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery.