Kirk Douglas will be the very special guest on stage at a screening of Spartacus on August 13th at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Pete Hammond will serve as moderator for a discussion with the iconic 95-year old actor and producer.
The event is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as part of The Last 70mm Film Festival. A special print of this 1960 classic is scheduled to run at 7:30p. The interview with the screen legend will begin at 7p. According The Academy website:
Tickets for Spartacus are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30p. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30p. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard.
The film won four Oscars,including Actor in a Supporting Role (Peter Ustinov), Color Art Direction (Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom; Set Decoration: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron), Color Cinematography (Russell Metty), and Color Costume Design (Valles, Bill Thomas). It also received nominations for Film Editing (Robert Lawrence) and Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Alex North).
When the film was restored (two years after Laurence Olivier’s death) in 1991, the original dialogue recording of his bath scene was missing; it had to be re-dubbed. Tony Curtis was able to re-record his part, but the voice of Crassus was performed by Anthony Hopkins. A talented mimic, he’d been a protege of Olivier during his days as the National Theatre Artistic Director. Spartacus became the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios history, an honor it held for a decade until it was surpassed by Airport (1970).
Until next time> “never forget”