This made-for-video documentary treats film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Ben-Hur, a classic which has seen many incarnations on the silver screen, but perhaps most notably as William Wyler's 1959 epic. Includes footage from all three film versions of the tale, as well as discussion of the impact they had on later filmmakers. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
This documentary is included on the DVD of BEN-HUR and is well worth your time. It gives not only insight into the 1959 film, but also a lot of information about the original book, the famous stage production and about the 1907 and 1925 versions of the film. All the little-known information was great for fans of the golden years of Hollywood and I found out that some of what I KNEW about the 1959 version was actually untrue--I had always believed that some of the stun people were killed in the filming of the great chariot race (a common urban legend). The film is also well-constructed and interesting, with the lovely voice talent of narrator Christopher Plummer and a lot of clips from interviews done for the documentary as well as archival film of actors and the director who were deceased by the time the documentary was made.
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