Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926)
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Critic Reviews for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Best enjoyed as a sample of the state of the art circa 1925, not as a timeless masterpiece.
At nearly 2½ hours long, the 1925 version is still an hour shorter than the 1959 version, yet the story is essentially the same, and the scale similarly impressive.
Yes, you'll also find the chariot race in here, and you may even find it as exciting or more exciting than the one Heston enacted.
Hokey by today's standards, but one of the greatest silent film spectacles.
Audience Reviews for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
I think I ought to re-watch this movie. I did just watch it last week, but it was so long I got bored and wasn't paying attention. I do remember a few good scenes, and the epic landscapes and enormous cast are really cool looking, but it's just so long. It really looks like an expensive picture, and the main cast does a good job, so I think it deserves a re-watch.
There's something about the 1925 silent version that moves me far more than the 1959 award-winning remake (with Charlton Heston, no less). Granted, a few of the acting performances are a bit wilted, but, overall, I care more about this group of characters; whereas I'm never really caring about the '59 characters. If you choose to own a silent classic, this would be one of the ones to have. The chariot race is quite spectacular, too!
they jus dont make them like this anymore.. besides the mistakes with the cut scenes, if you think about the lack of technology in the 20s the chariot race was the greatest achievement known to any movies. oh and 2 and a half hours of non stop music was great, i want more newer movies like that, no talking, just music explaining the moods. so gorgeous!
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