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  Ben-Hur (1959 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ben-Hur is a 1959 film directed by William Wyler and is, today, the best-known version of the film based on the 1880 book by Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
The movie was filmed in a process known as "MGM Camera 65", a 70 mm anamorphic print with an aspect ratio of 2.76:1, considered to be one of the widest prints ever made, having a width of almost three times its height.
Filmed long before the advent of computer-generated effects, it took over three months alone to film, including 8000 extras on the largest film set ever built, some 18 acres (73,000 m²).
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 Ben-Hur (1959 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The movie was filmed in a process known as "MGM Camera 65", a 70mm anamorphic print with an aspect ratio of 2.76:1, considered to be one of the widest prints ever made, having a width of almost three times its height.
Filmed long before the advent of computer-generated effects, it took over three months alone to film, including 8000 extras on the largest film set ever built, some 18 acres.
To this day, Heston publically rejects the idea that there was ever any homosexual subtext to the film, even going so far as to rewrite part of his published book, revising his account of Vidal's role in the film.
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 The Film Tribune - Ben-Hur (1959)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
And while the 1959 film is technically more advanced than its predecessor, it is imbued with an undeserved solemnity which is more apparent than in the silent version.
The silent film's version of this episode, which spent more time on the battle itself, is undoubtedly the most cinematic of the two, with better direction, editing, and attention to detail.
Together, these two scenes last approximately twenty minutes; the rest of the film is unnaturally stretched out, and between these two events, tedium quickly takes over as we are left waiting for the climactic chariot race, which in any case is nowhere near the end of the picture, to begin.
www.filmtribune.com /benhur.html   (1009 words)

  
 Film History of the 1950s
Another of the most popular films in the late 50s was Leo McCarey's romantic drama An Affair to Remember (1957), the story of an ill-fated romance between Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant due to an automobile accident, delaying a rendezvous at the top of the Empire State Building.
This was the film with Dean's most-remembered role as mixed-up, sensitive, and defiant teenager Jim Stark involved in various delinquent behaviors (drunkenness, a switchblade fight, and a deadly drag race called a Chicken Run), and his archetypal scream to his parents: "You're tearing me apart!"
By the 70s, his film roles had deteriorated, and although he returned to stage performances and revived his singing career, he was physically on the decline until his death in August, 1977 of heart disease and drug abuse.
www.filmsite.org /50sintro.html   (2314 words)

  
 Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
At the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, the film was shown out of contention for the prestigious Palm D'Or Award for fear that it's anti-war sentiments would offend the American government.
Soon after the film's erotic opening, Resnais effectively splices grisly newsreel footage of the Nuclear Holocaust wrought on by the aftermath of the atomic bomb.
The film is especially notable for its technical brilliance and revolutionary editing techniques that is still considered to be a significant influence on modern films.
www.asiaarts.ucla.edu /101003/20031010_notforget.html   (703 words)

  
 A Case Study of the Bernard Herrmann Style
In their film collaborations, Herrmann and Hitchcock established a particular sound quality in the music that is immediately identifiable.
As used in the film, the scene is only 1:25, indicating that a startling 1:33 had to be cut from the music between the recording session and the final mix.
The film was screened for a preview audience in Santa Barbara on June 6, 1959.
hitchcock.tv /essays/herrmann/herrcase1.html   (3397 words)

  
 Hiroshima mon amour / Alain Resnais / 1959 / film review
This is an exceptional film, marking Alain Resnais’ debut as a film director, after a decade of producing eye-opening short documentaries.
A central theme of the film is the necessity to come to terms with the horrors of the past.
Both characters in the film (the actress and the architect) have painful memories of the war, and their liaison seems to represent some kind of rapprochement between East and West.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Hiroshima_mon_amour_rev.html   (408 words)

  
 Bermuda Sun: Review: Film’s power resides in its personal testimonies (2002-04-17)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The film will win awards because it leaves the audience with a warm feeling and does not recall the dark days and pain felt by fl Bermudians or the shame felt by those who enforced such racist policies out of fear and ignorance.
Williams’ film is timely because we are fortunate to have so many of the movers and shakers of the day alive and able to speak without fear.
While the effervescent and ebullient Tweed was frequently used, Director Williams failed to highlight Lynch in a significant manner and indeed does not clearly state that The ABA was not a part of The Progressive Group.
www.bermudasun.org /archives/2002-04-17/01News08   (934 words)

  
 DVD Talk > Reviews > Eyes Without a Face > Printer Friendly
Directed by Georges Franju in 1959 the film is about a mad doctor (Pierre Brasseur) who is determined to find a face that he can graft on to his daughter Christiane's face which has been destroyed in an accident.
The film became a cult hit back in 1959 and of note has one scene that was considered too shocking by audiences back then but by today's standards - while still unpleasant - is almost tame.
The film is in many ways a prototypical New Wave film in the way it juxtaposes images of innocence and beauty with shots of brutality and death.
www.dvdtalk.com /reviews/print.php?ID=12831   (626 words)

  
 Ben-Hur (1959)
Director William Wyler's film was a remake of the spectacular silent film of the same name (director Fred Niblo's and MGM's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)).
There are contradictory reports about the fatality of a stuntman during the dangerous scene in the film, yet no published discussions of the film mention the accident, and Charlton Heston's 1995 autobiography In the Arena specifically stated that no one was seriously injured during the filming of the scene.
As originally shown, the film opened with a series of tableaux of the birth of Christ Nativity sequence and the coming of the Magi.
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 The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Specialization in Film Studies provides an opportunity for a limited number of the most qualified students to follow an intensive programme of concentration in Film Studies.
At the point in their programme when they are completing both the "History of Film to 1959" and "Film Aesthetics" courses, students may apply to transfer to the Specialization.
Acceptance to the Specialization in Film Studies is based on the student's performance in the University, especially on the critical and scholarly potential shown in the film studies courses.
cinema.concordia.ca /studies_major_req.html   (385 words)

  
 Films… Films… Films… » Film
Released in 1959, the film took Truffaut to the epitome of fame.
I saw this film just yesterday, took it only because it was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, one of the most celebrated film makers of all time.
I saw this film yesterday, me and my good friend Juby were walking on MG Road and we suddenly wanted to go for a film.
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 Film to video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
All these film clips were shot in the spring of 1959 just before graduation.
Fortunately Mike and I had spliced most of the film into 200 foot reels and were stored in metal film cans which preserved the film over the years.
Film still on plastic 50 foot reels is almost totally gone.
www.belmont59.com /AboutMovies.html   (566 words)

  
 Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Obviously, the film is too long to really crank through the action, but the movie moves much more quickly and engagingly than you'd expect from a picture that approaches three hours; few dull moments set in once thing get underway.
I feared that a film as long and potentially tedious as Anatomy of a Murder would be a bore, but my concerns were completely unfounded; it's a thoroughly engaging and entertaining movie that holds up extremely well even after 40 years.
While an open matte film like this seems to be the best of both worlds - fullscreen fanatics get their fill, and those of us who hate pan and scan lose no visual information - I don't find it terribly satisfying.
www.dvdmg.com /anatomyofamurder.shtml   (1789 words)

  
 1922 in film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
November 26 - debuts as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so but it was not widely distributed).
March 5 - Pier Paolo Pasolini, film director (d.
February 22 - William Desmond Taylor, film director, victim of an unsolved and widely publicised murder which provoked a great scandal.
www.marylandheights.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/1922_in_film   (202 words)

  
 Angry Young Men FAQ
The key actors associated with the new wave films are: Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Alan Bates, Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts and Rita Tushingham.
Woodfall’s next film was the successful historical romp Tom Jones (1963) paving the way for other such historical epics such as The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) whose failure led to a lack of American investment in the UK film industry.
Generally the new wave films encouraged 60s British filmmakers to be more ambitious and this is reflected in the work of Richard Lester, Joseph Losey, John Boorman and others.
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 Black Orpheus biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) is a 1959 Brazilian film by French director Marcel Camus.
The film is particularly renowned for its soundtrack by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim.
In 1999, the film was essentially remade as Orfeu by Carlos Diegues, this time with a soundtrack featuring contemporary Bossa Nova star Caetano Veloso.
black-orpheus.biography.ms   (108 words)

  
 Special Issues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Presented at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, the 1959 Melbourne Film Festival and the 1959 San Francisco Film Festival
Two characteristic points of the director's style are very noticeable - the brilliant use of natural sound (and, often, remarkably long moments of dead silence), and the quick, very sudden cut, which may be incidental (from noise and action to quiet and repose) or structural (the effective omission of unnecessary narrative links).
Every Cacoyannis film is primarily about human beings and the way things happen to them.
www.gfc.gr /6/64/642/64212.html   (380 words)

  
 Signé Arsène Lupin / Signe Arsene Lupin / 1959 / film review
The Lupin of Robert’s film is a slightly more sinister and elusive figure, closer to the character in Maurice Leblanc’s original short stories.
Previous film adaptations of Lupin’s adventures have by and large failed to capture this element of the character, and have consequently been disappointing.
In Robert’s film, the identity of Lupin is actually stolen from the gentleman thief and he is forced to play detective to regain it.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Signe_Arsene_Lupin_rev.html   (436 words)

  
 The Mummy (1959)
Hammer Film Productions’ 1959 The Mummy (not so much a remake of the 1932 film as a composite of all five Universal mummy movies) is everything all those über-famous Universal Studios flicks from the 30’s and 40’s should have been, but mostly weren’t.
Sure, several obvious explanations present themselves, but something in the structure of the scene makes it seem like we were supposed to see her faint or be knocked out or whatever.
His Kharis is the only living mummy ever filmed that doesn’t make you say, “why the fuck doesn’t anybody just go around him and toss a match at him from behind?”-- in a way that Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler, and Lon Chaney Jr.
www.1000misspenthours.com /reviews/reviewsh-m/mummy1959.htm   (1732 words)

  
 Sturgis, Preston on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
After the successful Unfaithfully Yours (1948), his career faltered, and his subsequent films were few and undistinguished.
After falling into relative obscurity, his romantic comedies were rediscovered in the 1970s, and he is now hailed as one of Hollywood's finest and most influential comic talents.
DV delight: movie madness for the living room: from Clark Gable and James Stewart to Robert De Niro and Tom Cruise, from merry old England to modern America, here are over 20 films worth...
www.encyclopedia.com /html/S/SturgisP1.asp   (395 words)

  
 BRAZIL: Black Orpheus, the film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The film (in Portuguese, Orfeu Negro) put a face on a new style of samba that was fresh, romantic and very accessible to jazz hipsters.
This 1959 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner (and Oscar's Best Foreign Film, and a Golden Globe winner) was based on the Orpheus-Eurydice legend but updated and played against the colorful background of Carnival in Brazil, featuring an all-Black cast.
Death finally catches her but unlike the snake in the Greek myth, in the film she's bitten by the electrical sting of a hot cable-car wire.
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 GreenCine | product main - Gidget - The Complete Collection (Disc 1 of 2) (1959)
Turns out that Mom's right on the money, as surfers Moondoggie (James Darren) and Kahoona (Cliff Robertson) vie for Gidge's attention during the summer of her 16th birthday.
Based on the novel by Frederick Kohner (who based the title character on his own daughter), Gidget was one of the surprise hits of 1959.
The film spawned a host of theatrical and TV-movie sequels, not to mention the 1966 TV series starring Sally Field -- and the 1987 sitcom starring Caryn Richman.
www.greencine.com /webCatalog?id=103806   (211 words)

  
 Rotten Tomatoes Forums - What do you consider the most important film since 1959?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The film is important for being the first to "crack the Code", in this case with regard to restrictions on nudity.
Other films may have tried these elements, but the box office success of M*A*S*H made it stylish to use the elements in more mainstream films.
It forever changed not only how films were released, but also which films got made.
www.rottentomatoes.com /vine/showthread.php?t=253788   (1754 words)

  
 Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Later Disney live-action films were almost invariably comedies, but the 1950s was an era where their live-action output was geared towards various adventure films and some remarkable evocations of the fantastic.
The film also features a 29 year-old Sean Connery in one of his very first film roles, playing the romantic lead.
This is one Disney film that is not scared to venture beyond maudlin coziness and comedy and go into spooky areas.
www.moria.co.nz /fantasy/darbyogill.htm   (544 words)

  
 S.I. No. 6/1959: IMPOSITION OF DUTIES (No. 55) (POLYETHYLENE FILM) ORDER, 1959.
This Order may be cited as the Imposition of Duties (No. 55) (Polyethylene Film) Order, 1959.
(a) polyethylene film which does not exceed five-thousandths of an inch in thickness and is in tubular form, whether or not subjected to any form of sealing, or in sheets or rolls, and
GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Government, this 13th day of January, 1959.
www.irishstatutebook.ie /ZZSI6Y1959.html   (368 words)

  
 The Criterion Collection: Black Orpheus
1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States.
Criterion is proud to present the extended international version of Black Orpheus in a gorgeous new transfer.
www.criterionco.com /asp/release.asp?id=48   (107 words)

  
 1958 in film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
February 16- "" is released on this date.
January 13 - Jesse L. Lasky, film producer
This page was last modified 20:51, 11 May 2005.
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 The Bowers Museum - Press Releases
This 1959 film, starring Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida, features lavish costumes, spectacular sets, and fiery swordplay.
The film begins shortly before the death of King David in ancient Israel.
The film is $5 or free with a museum admission and to members.
www.bowers.org /about_us/about_press.asp?PRID=152   (268 words)

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