This is an interesting film. It’s a satire, for sure. But I can’t help but think its satirical tone was probably lost on many a person when it first came out (and anyone who’s watched it since). That or it made them uncomfortable because it’s satirical about religion, but not in a Monty Python kind of way. Regardless, I thought it was fantastic. I think Richard Brooks is one of the great underrated directors of the transitional period from Old Hollywood to New Hollywood. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning three: Best Score (Comedy or Drama), Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actress Shirley Jones (won), Best Actor Burt Lancaster (won), Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were The Alamo, Sons and Lovers, The Sundowners and winner The Apartment.
Ella Peterson: Susanswerphone.
Larry Hastings: [on the phone] This is Larry Hastings calling; any messages?
Ella Peterson: Just a moment. Blake Barton, the actor, called. He wants to know if there’s a part for him in your new production, “The Midas Touch”.
Larry Hastings: [on the phone] Blake Barton? Never! I’m sick of actors who won’t wear suits and who sound as if they’ve got a mouthful of marbles.
Marion Crane: I am sorry. I only felt. . .it seems she’s hurting you. [beat] I meant well.
Norman Bates: People always mean well! They cluck their thick tongues and shake their heads and suggest, oh so very delicately! [beat] Of course, I’ve suggested it myself. But I hate to even think about it. She needs me. It . . .it’s not as if she were a. . .a maniac . . .a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. [beat] Haven’t you?
Marion Crane: Yes. Sometimes just one time can be enough. Thank you.
Norman Bates: ‘Thank you, Norman.’
Marion Crane: . . .Norman.
Herald: I bring a message from your master Marcus Licinius Crassus commander of ltaly. By command of His Most Merciful Excellency your lives are to be spared. Slaves you were and slaves you remain. But the terrible penalty of crucifiixion has been set aside on the single condition that you identify the body or the living person ofthe slave called Spartacus.
Antoninus: I’m Spartacus!
Slaves: (one at a time, then overlapping) I’m Spartacus! I’m Spartacus! I’m Spartacus! I’m Spartacus! I’m Spartacus! I’m Spartacus! I’m Spartacus!