"Spartacus" Battles at the Academy
Beverly Hills, CA (August 7, 2012) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new 70mm print of the 1960 historical drama "Spartacus" for the final screening in its series "The Last 70mm Film Festival" on Monday, August 13, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening also will welcome actor and producer Kirk Douglas, who played the title character in the film, and Pete Hammond as moderator for the onstage discussion.
Based on the novel by Howard Fast, the film tells the story of the historical figure Spartacus, a slave-turned-gladiator who leads a rebellion against the Romans, going head to head with Crassus, played by Sir Laurence Olivier. The film won four Academy Awards®, 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 – Music score of a dramatic or comedy picture (Alex North).
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 5:30 p.m. 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 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
Tarrah Lee Curtis