Ben hur 1959. Production of Ben

BEN HUR (1959)

ben hur 1959

Moments later, they see a ship in the distance and realize that it is Roman. He also learned sword fighting, how to throw a , camel riding, and rowing. The most difficult editing decisions, he also said, came during scenes which involved Jesus Christ, as these contained almost no dialogue and most of the footage was purely reaction shots by actors. The guard then tries to stop the carpenter but strangely acquiesces when he looks into the man's face. In casting, Wyler placed heavy emphasis on characterization rather than looks or acting history. On Sundays, Wyler would meet with Fry and Zimbalist for story conferences.

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He then goes on deck, where he throws a spear at an enemy soldier who has attacked Arrius and forced him into the water. For example, he cast a British actor for the role of the centurion who denies Judah Ben-Hur water at Nazareth. Judah begs for mercy, but Messala rebuffs him, saying that the people now will fear him, and warning if Judah kills him, Tirzah and Miriam will be crucified before his eyes. Wyler did not see the final cut of the chariot race until the press screening of Ben-Hur. A skeleton crew of studio technicians arrived in the summer of 1956 to begin preparing the Cinecittà soundstages and back lot, and to oversee the construction of additional buildings which would be needed to house the production team.

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Marton conceived the idea of showing that Ben-Hur was able to land on and cling to the front of his chariot, then scramble back into the quadriga while the horses kept going. Judah is attracted to Esther, whom he has not seen since childhood, and grants permission, saying her freedom will be his wedding gift, even though he knows that she is marrying only because her father wishes it. Judah then takes Esther's slave ring and promises to wear it until he meets the woman he will marry. They then walk to the center of the city and observe Pilate washing his hands of the man, who is sentenced to death. After he is thrown from his horse and knocked unconscious, Roman soldiers storm the house.

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The production crew researched ancient Roman racetracks, but were unable to determine what a historic track surface was like. Heston, an experienced horseman, took daily three-hour lessons in chariot driving after he arrived in Rome and picked up the skill quickly. The Israeli actress , a relative newcomer to film, was cast as Esther on May 16, 1958, after providing a 30-second silent screen test. Location shooting in Africa was actively under consideration. More than 85 percent of the extras had no telephone and no permanent address, so contacting them required using word-of-mouth. The largest Cinecittà soundstage was not used for filming, but was used as a vast costume warehouse. Once Vidal and Zimbalist had come to agreement, the scene would be passed to Wyler.

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Vidal first made the claim in an interview in the 1995 documentary film , and asserted that he persuaded Wyler to direct Stephen Boyd to play the role as if he were a spurned homosexual lover. This allowed more theaters to show the film. Behrman spent about a month working on the script, but how much he contributed to the final version is unclear. Wyler himself says that he does not remember any conversation about this part of the script or Boyd's acting with Gore Vidal, and that he discarded Vidal's draft in favor of Fry's. It was a frightening thing when all the great painters of twenty centuries have painted events you have to deal with, events in the life of the best-known man who ever lived. John Dunning and edited the footage of the chariot sequence.

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Vidal further claimed that Wyler took his advice. However, according to a report in , Wyler refused to take the job until he was sure he had a good leading man. Simonides, who was crippled and blinded under torture, proudly tells Judah that his fortune is safely hidden. Rather, as time went on, Wyler stopped seeking improvements to the script in order to finish the picture. Later that night, when Judah and Esther are alone, they exchange a passionate kiss. Imperial Roman racecourses featured a raised 10 feet 3. Esta película lanzada el 1959-12-26 y esta película escrita por y ,.

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A dummy was used to obtain the trampling shot in this sequence. Vidal claimed that Wyler had not read the script, and that when he did so at Vidal's urging on his flight from the U. Later, when Charlton Heston accepted his Oscar for Best Leading Actor, he thanked Christopher Fry in his acceptance speech. Days later, as Judah and other chained prisoners, weakened by thirst and exhaustion, enter the town of Nazareth, townspeople offer them water, but the Roman guard stops a woman who tries to give some to Judah. The script was still unfinished when cinematography began, so that Wyler had only read the first 10 to 12 pages of it.

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Production of Ben

ben hur 1959

The final script ran 230 pages. The sea battle was one of the first sequences created for the film, filmed using miniatures in a huge tank on the back lot at the in in November and December 1957. I wanted to be reverent, and yet realistic. Judah refuses, severing their friendship. When they are brought onboard, Arrius shocks the captain by giving Judah water before he himself drinks.

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