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Ben Hur
(Ben Hur)

The first movie version of Lew Wallace’s famous novel “Ben-Hur” from 1925 is often considered the first oversized spectacular film in movie history showing the first colored sequences and thousands of extras – a true super-film with gigantic action scenes and breathtaking mass choreographies.

BEN HUR produced costs of then-unbelievable five million dollars. The famous seabattle and the legendary race in the arena of Circus Maximus, however, are the real highlights of this opus magnum.

Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave, his property confiscated and his mother and sister imprisoned. Years later, as a result of his determination to stay alive and his willingness to aid his Roman master, Judah returns to his homeland an exalted and wealthy Roman athlete. Unable to find his mother and sister, and believing them dead, he can think of nothing else than revenge against Messala.


Carl Davis

  large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)    
1+1/alto flute+1/picc.2+ca.2+bcl.2 - – 4perc(include.timp) – strings (min.
sync fps