However, he eventually had to cut all but one of the gory battle scenes, due to negative audience reactions at preview screenings.
Kubrick complained that the character of Spartacus had no faults or quirks. Associations with blacklisted writers might well have caused Universal Studios to withdraw their backing and end the project altogether. His obsequious slave trader, Lentulus Batiatus, tells Spartacus that he smells like a rhinoceros, before packing him off to gladiator school.
The notion of being forced to fight for the entertainment of spoiled women enrages Spartacus, who leads a slave revolt that eventually spreads over half of Italy. Cinematographer Russell Mettya veteran with experience working in big pictures such as Orson Welles ' The Stranger and Touch of Evil and Howard Hawks 's Bringing Up Baby complained about Kubrick's unusually precise and detailed instructions for the film's camerawork and disagreed with Kubrick's use of light.
In that same century, in the conquered Greek province of Thrace, an illiterate slave woman added to her master's wealth by giving birth to a son whom she names Spartacus. Douglas fired Mann at the end of the first week of shooting, in which the opening sequence in the quarry had been filmed.
One theme is used to represent both slavery and freedom, but is given different values in different scenes, so that it sounds like different themes. Lewis became the producer of the film, with Douglas taking executive producer credit.
Kirk Douglas insisted that Trumbo be given screen credit for his work, which helped to break the blacklist.
Douglas had worked with Wyler before on Detective Storyand was disappointed when Wyler chose Charlton Heston instead.