Rudolph Maté, The 300 Spartans (1962)
Having read Frank Miller’s comic book based on this movie earlier, it is fabulous to see the source of inspiration for it. The 1962 movie cannot be seen solely as a re-enactment of a classic epic, but has to been viewed with the Cold War in mind, just as we will have to view the 2007 movie with the Iraq War in mind. Nevertheless, the movie rises above its time in place and history, and is a fabulous work following the Greek epic, which in its time surely no less was a piece of political propaganda. So concluding, if we were to ask ourselves can art be made under the banner of political proganda, we will have to admit that it has been done, and thus it is possible.
Frank Miller, 300