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.
Novelist Lew Wallace's 'Tale of Christ' got the silent Hollywood treatment, and how, in M-G-M's elephantine costume epic.
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.
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