Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm Spartacus - a tale of oysters and snails

The following clip is the deleted scene from 1960 film Spartacus. Although this scene was omitted from the original release (for obvious reasons) and didn't surface until a 1991 restored version, for many it marks a cinematic milestone. It's almost as iconic a moment as the 'I'm Spartacus' scene.

Where else would you find such masterful dialogue as this:
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you eat oysters? 
Antoninus: When I have them, master. 
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you eat snails? 
Antoninus: No, master.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral? 
Antoninus: No, master. 
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Of course not. It is all a matter of taste, isn't it? 
Antoninus: Yes, master. 
Marcus Licinius Crassus: And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals. 
Antoninus: It could be argued so, master. 
Marcus Licinius Crassus: My robe, Antoninus. My taste includes both snails and oysters.  

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