Silent Cinema

Cinema and History
"Ben-Hur" (1925) by Fred Niblo

13, 14 October 2017

Ben-Hur (1925, USA) by Fred Niblo, adaptation of the Lew Wallace's novel from 1880, with Ramón Novarro, Francis X. Bushman and May McAvoy (141')
Presentation: Miguel Marías

An evocation of Palestine in the age of Jesus Christ and under the rule of the Roman Empire, the noble Judah Ben-Hur seeks vengance in Rome as a charioteer after enduring a shipwreck as a slave. There are at least four film adaptations of this story, all of which highlight the chariot-race scene in the Roman circus –in this version, for the filming of this part alone 42 cameras and over 56.000 metres of films were used.

The high production costs of the recently founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made it the most expensive film in history until the 1940s. The movie features various sequences in two-colour Technicolor, most of which coincide with those depicting the life of Jesus.

On Saturday, the video of the presentation recorded the day before will be shown.