Spartacus (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Kirk Douglas as Spartacus with his impressive toned build.
2) Even in presence of legends like Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov as Batiatus outplayed all other actors.
3) Huge production value, epic battles, and moving climax.
4) Snails & Oysters conversation between Crassus and Antoninus. Subtle and impressive.
5) Charles Laughton as Gracchus got the wittiest dialogues as the shrewd Roman senator.
6) “I’m Spartacus!” scene is so powerful and influential that it’s now done-to-death in cinema all across the world.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Gracchus: In Rome, dignity shortens life even more surely than disease.”

Great Expectations (1946)

Great Expectations (1946)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR –1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Jean Simmons as young Estella
2) Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham
3) Finlay Currie as Abel

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
I realized that in becoming a gentleman, I had only succeeded in becoming a snob.