Cliophilia
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Cliophilia

“Spartacus” (1960) and the Despair of the Future

The 1960 film Spartacus is one of the bleakest and most despairing of the midcentury cycle of epic films set in antiquity, and as such, it most vividly brings to the forefront the fundamental paradox the epic confronts. Denied even the presence of a sacramental figure such as Christ or a powerful (if ultimately unrepresentable) Old Testament God, the film displaces onto the unrepresented future the…

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Dr. Thomas J. West III

Dr. Thomas J. West III

Ph.D. in English | Film and TV geek | Lover of fantasy and history | Full-time writer | Feminist and queer | Liberal scold and gadfly