This Oscar-winning song from the film " The Joker is Wild ," is performed by a relaxed Sinatra to another terrific Nelson Riddle arrangement. Listen to the audio clip at amazon.
Concerned that a roaring Leo the Lion the MGM mascot would create the wrong mood for the sensitive and sacred nativity sceneWyler received permission to replace the traditional logo with one in which Leo the Lion is quiet.
A Tale of the Christran to about pages. Zimbalist hired a number of screenwriters to cut the story down and turn the novel into a script. According to Gore Vidalmore than 12 versions of the script had been written by various writers by the spring of Other sources place Tunberg's initial involvement much earlier.
Tunberg cut out everything in the book after the crucifixion of Jesus, omitted the sub-plot in which Ben-Hur fakes his death and raises a Jewish army to overthrow the Romans, and altered the manner in which the leperous women are healed.
Zimbalist offered the project to William Wyler, who had been one of 30 assistant directors on the film,  in early DeMille and make a "thinking man's" Biblical epic.
Behrman who also wrote the script for Quo Vadis and then playwright Maxwell Anderson to write drafts. Once Vidal and Zimbalist had come to agreement, the scene would be passed to Wyler. Vidal made one structural change which was not revised, however.
The Tunberg script had Ben-Hur and Messala reuniting and falling out in a single scene. Vidal broke the scene in two, so that the men first reunite at the Castle Antonia and then later argue and end their friendship at Ben-Hur's home.
Vidal also added small character touches to the script, such as Messala's purchase of a brooch for Tirzah and Ben-Hur's purchase of a horse for Messala.
Vidal first made the claim in an interview in the documentary film The Celluloid Closetand asserted that he persuaded Wyler to direct Stephen Boyd to play the role as if he were a spurned homosexual lover.
You should have seen those boys embrace! Feeneyin a comparison of script drafts, concludes that Vidal made significant and extensive contributions to the script.
Charlton Heston has claimed that Fry was Wyler's first choice as screenwriter, but that Zimbalist forced him to use Vidal. Some changes made the film's storyline more dramatic. Others inserted an admiration for Jewish people who had founded the state of Israel by this time and the more pluralistic society of s America rather than the "Christian superiority" view of Wallace's novel.
Burt Lancaster stated he turned down the role because he found the script boring  and belittling to Christianity. Surteeswho had already filmed several of the most successful epics of the s, was hired as cinematographer for the film.
Wyler strongly disliked the widescreen format, commenting that "Nothing is out of the picture, and you can't fill it.
You either have a lot of empty space, or you have two people talking and a flock of others surrounding them who have nothing to do with the scene.
Your eye just wanders out of curiosity. He also had a strong preference for long takes, during which his actors could move within this highly detailed space. 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.
Everyone already has his own concept of him. I wanted to be reverent, and yet realistic. Crucifixion is a bloody, awful, horrible thing, and a man does not go through it with a benign expression on his face.
I had to deal with that. It is a very challenging thing to do that and get no complaints from anybody.Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, is one of the classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the series and reviews of earlier films covered go here).
-- For many, watching the movie "Ben-Hur" has become an Easter tradition. The blockbuster, starring Charlton Heston, made history with a record 11 Academy Awards. Now, the silent version is making a comeback.
Jan 29, · Watch video · Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions/10(K). Ben-Hur is a American epic religious drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character.
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Ben-Hur is a American epic religious drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the silent film with the same title, Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the regardbouddhiste.com screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg, but includes contributions from.
Filmmaking is such a chaotic, haphazard process that it's nearly impossible for the people involved to tell if the movie is going to be good or not. Scenes are filmed out of order, much of what you shoot is going to get cut, and you have to trust that whatever effects fill in the big green wall.