Howard Fast


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Spartacus (1960) - Have We Learned Nothing? Producer and title character Kirk Douglas is disgusted with his fellow slave gladiators, making their former masters fight after their rebellion, confronting colleague Crixus (John Ireland), looking to inspire action against Rome, planning to find some ships, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, 1960.
Spartacus (1960) - A Disease Called Human Slavery Vic Perrin's crisp narration, from the screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, given his first screen credit by producer and star Kirk Douglas after years on the Hollywood blacklist, the introduction of Douglas and some of his tormentors, Stanley Kubrick directing, in Spartacus, 1960.
Spartacus (1960) - You Have A Certain Education Roman general Crassus (Laurence Olivier) and wife (Nina Foch), with her ambitious brother Glabrus (John Dall) and wife (Joanna Barnes), are guests of gladiator-dealer Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), but most interested in Britannic slave Varinia (Jean Simmons), in Spartacus, 1960, starring Kirk Douglas.
Spartacus (1960) - May Fortune Smile On Most Of You Batiatus (Peter Ustinov) returns to Italy from shopping at the slave camp in Libya, confirming that he’s in the gladiator business, introducing his chief trainer Marcellus (Charles McGraw) to the new men, including John Ireland and the producer, star and title character Kirk Douglas, in Spartacus, 1960.
Spartacus (1960) - Both Snails And Oysters The long-excised bath scene, with dialogue restored in 1991, Tony Curtis doing his own voice and Anthony Hopkins the deceased Laurence Olivier, as the dignified but maybe-decadent general Crassus illuminates his handsome new slave Antoninus, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, 1960.
Spartacus (1960) - Call Out The Guard! The beginning of the slave rebellion, at the gladiator-camp, producer and star Kirk Douglas tangles with Marcellus (Charles McGraw) upon learning his girlfriend (Jean Simmons) has been sold, proprietor Batiatus (Peter Ustinov) with a quick and shrewd reading, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, 1960.
Spartacus (1960) - A Taste Of Roman Steel Director Stanley Kubrick’s first scene in Rome, the slave rebellion begun, introducing canny plebeian-born senator Gracchus (Charles Laughton), who manipulates the power-mad Glabrus (John Dall), his pal Caesar (John Gavin) noticeably disinterested, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, 1960.
Mirage (1965) - She's Looking For A Way Out New York executive Stillwell (Gregory Peck), calling a psychiatrist because he’s afraid he’s cracking up, is advised to kill time at the Central Park zoo, where he meets Shela (Diane Baker), who, as in their earlier mysterious encounter, seems to know some history he doesn’t, in Mirage, 1965.
Mirage (1965) - Someone Upstairs Playing God Manhattan executive Stillwell (Gregory Peck), mystified at his failing memory and people not recognizing him after a blackout and suicide in his building, meets George Kennedy in the basement, Neil Fitzgerald on security, and Jack Weston at his apartment, in Edward Dmytryk’s Mirage, 1965.
Mirage (1965) - Pretend You're James Bond Corporate officer Stillwell (Gregory Peck), panicked because his memory seems to be failing, has just paid an an advance to a detective (Walter Matthau) who has no prior experience, whom he consults about his fridge, mysterious Diane Baker, and the so-far un-seen “Major,” in Mirage, 1965.
Mirage (1965) - I Heard You Were Back Director Edward Dmytryk’s credits end with a Manhattan skyscraper blacking out, then in the dark we meet Stillwell (Gregory Peck), his colleague Josephson (Kevin McCarthy) and in the stairwell co-star Diane Baker as possibly disoriented Shela, in Mirage, 1965, from a novel by Howard Fast.

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