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Mr. Douglas hired Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, who wrote the script under a pen name. Mr. Douglas, however, put Trumbo’s name in the film credits.

“You have no idea how terrible those years were when we had the blacklist,” said Mr. Douglas, speaking with difficulty in part due to a stroke that he suffered in the 1990s.

The complete “Spartacus,” which was restored in 1991, includes a homoerotic scene that censors cut out when the movie first screened.

In the scene, Olivier’s character, a wealthy Roman, comes to his slave — a young, half-naked Curtis — and asks him to enter the tub and help bathe him.

Mr. Douglas presented the restored version as part of the “Last 70mm Film Festival” series.

“I am very proud to be a member of the Hollywood community,” said Mr. Douglas, “because in Hollywood the staff are not Republicans or Democrats, you are amongst Americans.”

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