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Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ

Author: Fred NibloLouis B MayerSamuel GoldwynIrving G ThalbergCarey WilsonAll authors
Publisher: United States : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1925.
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In Jerusalem, oppressed by the power of Imperial Rome, Ben-Hur, of the Jewish house of Hur, develops a friendship with Messala, a Roman centurion, which turns to enmity when he learns of Messala's egotism and hatred of the Jews; to please the governor, Messala arrests Ben-Hur's entire family when a loose tile accidentally falls from the roof of their house and kills a Roman general. Sentenced as a galley slave and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Religious
Ancient world
Religious films and video
Epics
Drama
Named Person: Jesus Christ
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Niblo; Louis B Mayer; Samuel Goldwyn; Irving G Thalberg; Carey Wilson; Bess Meredyth; June Mathis; Cedric Gibbons; Ramon Novarro; Francis X Bushman; May McAvoy; Betty Bronson; Clare McDowell; Lew Wallace; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.; Turner Entertainment Co. Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC Number: 18166927
Notes: Copyright: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.; 8Oct27; LP24477.
Production and distribution information verified in Brownlow's, The Parade's gone by, p. 385-413.
The Nativity sequence was filmed in color and directed by Ferdinand P. Earle, per AFI catalog, F2, p. 51.
Summary is paraphrased from AFI catalog, F2, p. 51.
Based on the novel by General Lew Wallace.
English language interior titles with musical track added.
Screened for credits.
Source used: Variety film reviews, 1/6/1926.
Credits: Photography by Rene Guissart, Percy Hilburn, Karl Struss, Clyde DeVinna ; settings by Cedric Gibbons, Horace Jackson ; titles by Katharine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell ; film editor, Lloyd Nosler.
Cast: Ramon Novarro (Ben-Hur), Francis X. Bushman (Messala), May McAvoy (Esther), Betty Bronson (Mary), Claire McDowell (Princess of Hur).
Description: 14 film reels of 14 on 7 (approximately 129 min., 11,554 ft.) : sd., black and white and color ; 35 mm theatrical projection print.
Other Titles: Ben-Hur (Motion picture : 1925)
Tale of the Christ
Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; director, Fred Niblo ; [producers] Louis B. Mayer, Samuel Goldwyn, Irving Thalberg ; scenario, Carey Wilson ; continuity by Carey Wilson and Bess Meredyth ; adaptation by June Mathis.

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In Jerusalem, oppressed by the power of Imperial Rome, Ben-Hur, of the Jewish house of Hur, develops a friendship with Messala, a Roman centurion, which turns to enmity when he learns of Messala's egotism and hatred of the Jews; to please the governor, Messala arrests Ben-Hur's entire family when a loose tile accidentally falls from the roof of their house and kills a Roman general. Sentenced as a galley slave and driven into the desert, Ben-Hur meets the Christ, who gives him water and refreshes his spirit; when he saves the life of Arrius, the Roman ship commander, he is adopted by Arrius and becomes popular and wealthy as a charioteer. During a chariot race against Messala, in Rome, Ben-Hur gets revenge against Messala by defeating him. In Jerusalem, where Jesus is crucified, Ben-Hur is recognized by his leprous mother and sister and learns of Jesus' mission to save mankind. With the help of Esther, Ben-Hur's mother and sister are cured and the entire family is reunited.

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