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Discuss the several epics Charlton Heston made in this forum. So let it be written, so it shall be done!
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Re: Ben-Hur (1959)

Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:04 am

You know, maybe I've just gone crazy from the Heat, but I feel like whenever I watch film critics and fans compare Chuck's BEN-HUR to the silent Ben-HUR there's a tendency to bash or rather try to undermine Chuck's version of the Chariot race while insisting that the original silent version has the better chariot race seemingly for no better reason than it happened to come first.

Has anyone else noticed this or am I imagining things?

Re: Ben-Hur (1959)

Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:53 pm

I have not seen the original (or the remake), but I have seen lots of movies, and I consider the chariot race in Heston's Ben-Hur to be the most spectacular work of cinematography that I've probably ever seen.

And it's not even my favorite part about the movie!

In fact, the part that perhaps gets to me more and is also a great moment in cinematography but on a much more subtle scale, is after the chariot race, when Judah is looking out on the empty track (after he won). I think that is so symbolic of the emptiness that he feels, when he thought he would feel some kind of peace after getting revenge against Messala.

Re: Ben-Hur (1959)

Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:57 pm

EL-CID-1983 wrote:You know, maybe I've just gone crazy from the Heat, but I feel like whenever I watch film critics and fans compare Chuck's BEN-HUR to the silent Ben-HUR there's a tendency to bash or rather try to undermine Chuck's version of the Chariot race while insisting that the original silent version has the better chariot race seemingly for no better reason than it happened to come first.

Has anyone else noticed this or am I imagining things?

Haven't noticed that, that's crazy! Of course the race in Wyler's Ben-Hur was superior.
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