c. 1959-60, Color Feature Film, USA, 197min
Lots of interesting film industry stories about this epic, too much for the space here. Please Google for tons of material. Kubrick's relationship with Kirk Douglas on Paths of Glory led to Kubrick quickly replacing a big-name director initially attached to Spartacus,a difficult position to be in from day one. In short, the industry threw young Kubrick into the gladiator arena with huge names/egos, where he struggled for sure, directed an epic/landmark film with top stars of the day, and survived to spar with the great media empire on his own terms going forward.