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.
Well made movie, especially by 1926 standards. Memorable chariot race (although I can't help wonder how many horses and people must have been killed to shoot that scene!)
Amazing at times what they could do on such a large scale in the '20s. I almost like this better than the '59 version. The color scenes are quite astounding, too, for being hand-drawn over the photography. The chariot race isn't as good as the '59 version, but it's still quite good. Plus, the galley fight is awesome. A sea of people, literally, fighting on two life-size ships!
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