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Special Features - Spartacus: Gods of the Small Screen

29 April 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paul Risker looks at Starz's Spartacus and its place amongst the historical epics of the big and small screen...

By the time Steven S. DeKnight brought his vision of Spartacus: Blood and Sand to the small screen in January of 2010, the story of Spartacus’ revolt against the might of the Roman Empire and its legendary war machine had both been told and re-imagined.

The story was told none so famously as in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960), and re-imagined forty years later in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. To look beyond these two filmmakers, the story of Spartacus’ uprising and his part in the Third Servile War against the Republic has been an influential force on storytellers, spanning literature, film and television. In this latest incarnation DeKnight offers his take on this legendary, yet ambiguous figure. If the list of stories available to storytellers comprises a short list, then DeKnight was treading »

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Which film was the best box-office flop?

16 January 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts

What is the most critically acclaimed film that was a box-office disaster on release?

The Fall of the Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann in 1964, is frequently cited as being the most intelligently written, the most strongly cast, and most capably acted of all the movies in the sword-and-sandal genre that was so fashionable in Hollywood in the 1960s. Yet it lost a then-record $14.25m at the box office, at a time when studios were not able to recoup some of those losses by video or DVD sales.

Since 1964, and allowing for inflation, only a dozen films have lost more money, and given that they include such turkeys as Heaven's Gate and The Adventures of Pluto Nash, it is safe to say that none of them are in the same league as Mann's »

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