Is Ben-Hur (1959) the greatest movie ever made?

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  1. DinnerSocks

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    Gunky related because he's married to a horse.

    I bought a projector last year and installed a 106'' screen in my living room. I've been trying to watch movies that I own on Blu Ray that relate to a date or time of the year. I thought Easter Sunday would be the perfect day to watch "Ben-Hur".

    What a fantastic film! It's got it all; action, love, hate, revenge, redempiotion, and faith. Every aspect is almost perfect from the acting, writing, directing, cinematography, costumes, make up all the way to the breath taking Chariot race! Not a fucking stitch of CGI too, all practical stunts, which adds to the visceral feeling. It was so refreshing to see such a magnificent film especially since there is so much crap out there today.

    People who aren't Christian or religious may be a little turned off by the ending. I thought it was great and I'm an Atheist. Infact, I usually spend the last half hour of the film in tears. When it's all said and done you feel like you've been through a great emotional ride. 4 stars, A+, thumbs WAY up! Boschetti, your thoughts...
     
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    Classic. 4+ hours, though, yes?
     
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    No.

    By the way they are doing a remake with Jack Huston (Boardwalk empire)

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    It is an incredible production, hard to get your head around the sheer number of man-hours it must have demanded in the late '50s. Interesting the reverence they had for the material, refusing to show the face of Jesus for example.
     
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    Let's hope they don't fuck up the remake. Wishful thinking.


    Also, the running time of the movie is 224 minutes. Add in TV commercials and it's coming in at 4+ hours.


     
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    Its really good, but i don't know if I'd call it the best ever. Kinda hard to beat godfathers 1 & 2
     
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    I love the Godfather as well, but it is difficult to dispute that Ben Hur is the greatest film ever made, especially since it was made in 1959 when computer technology did not really exist to make an epic such as this.
     
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    You may have an argument "content" - wise, but Ben-Hur just features more elements of Film Production on a much higher scale. The massive sets, tons of extras in costume, wild animals, stunt sequences, and miniatures are some of the best in the history of film, all in the same movie. They redefined the word and genre "epic".
     
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    Yes, you are definitely correct in that.
     
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    It was OK, but no Private Parts.
     
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    :backlol:
     
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    lol I liked that movie haha
    I watched it recently and I loved my ass off in some parts- especially how he says how much he loved Alison. waka waka waka
     
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    No way, have you guys not seen Wild Wild West with will smith?
     
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    One of ma faaaavorites, for sure!

    I liked the scene where Ben-Hur agreed to drive the Arab-Judean (pre-Palestinian?) guy's team in the chariot race, and there seemed to be this shared affinity between Muslim and Jew both suffering under Roman rule. Probably wishful thinking, historically, but I always liked that touch.

    I read somewhere that the actor who played Masala was told by the director to "gay it up" as much as possible in scenes with Heston, but the director did not tell the homophobic Heston about it. I don't know how true it is, but it made me watch those scenes a little closer the last time I saw the film and it does appear plausible. :dontknow:
     
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    Stephen Boyd who played Messala was a homosexual IRL, so I doubt it was much of a stretch for him to "gay it up" or as KC used to put it "Gay Off". The dude is said to have turned down an early 20's Raquel Welch...
     
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    You'd have to be SUPER gay to turn down an early 20s Raquel Welch! Hell, I wouldn't turn down an early 50s Raquel Welch! :sex:
     
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    You KNOW they are gonna fuck it up royally! Exhibit "A," the new Mad Max CGI monstrosity.
     
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    DUMB question. This is the greatest movie ever made:
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    Why would get Howard lie about such a thing? :rolleyes:
     
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