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 Silent Film @ Filmbug
A silent film is a film which consists of only the picture, that is, it has no sound.
Since the films could not take advantage of synchronized sound for dialogue, titles were edited in to clarify the on-screen situation to the cinema audience or add critical dialog.
Literally thousands of silent films were made in the years leading through the inroduction of sound, but a considerable number of those films (historians estimate between 80 and 90 percent) have been lost forever.
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 1907 in film
See also: 1906 in film, other events of 1907, 1908 in film, list of 'years in film'.
Carl Laemmle[?] of Paramount experiments with combining audio from phonographs with film.
Laemmle's experiements lead to the German development of "Syncroscope." "Syncroscope" had several successful demonstrations, but was eventually abandoned.
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 General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
Furthermore they argued that the film cut into the profits of the stage production, not because it was strong competition against the stage play but because the film was done so shoddily it cheapened the artistic integrity of Ben-Hur.
Fred Niblo directed the film and William Wyler, who would re-make the story in 1959, was an assistant director.
The film ended up costing M-G-M approximately four million dollars and was one of the most costly films of the silent era.
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 Ben Hur (1907 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ben Hur is a 15 minute long 1907 silent film, the first film version of Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur, one of the best-selling books at that time.
The film was directed by Canadian director Sidney Olcott.
The focus of the piece was the chariot race, which was filmed on a beach in New Jersey with local firemen playing the charioteers and the horses that normally pulled the fire wagons pulling the chariots.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Ben Hur [1959]: Video: Herman Rottger,William S. Hart,Sidney Olcott   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
However, the religious aspect is the core of the film and the theme on which it ends, with the Blood of Christ running into and mingling with the waters of the Earth.
The second part of the film contains the famous chariot race which apparantly took three months to film and is one of the finest ever filmed.
For a film that is 43 years old, the video transfer in widescreen of course, is quite simply superb with good sound.
www.amazon.co.uk /Ben-Hur-Herman-Rottger/dp/B00004CI8G   (1749 words)

 BFI | Features | The Ultimate Film Chart | 30: BEN-HUR
When Ben Hur refuses to inform against other Jewish patriots, Messala condemns him to certain death as a galley slave and imprisons his mother, Miriam, and sister, Tirzah, in a dungeon.
Having astonished the Sheik by his horsemanship, Ben Hur arrives at his derelict home and immediately confronts Messala, who tells him that his mother and sister are dead.
And so, for all the film's respect for General Wallace, it is as an exercise in Hollywood's newest tradition of spectacle ballyhoo, and not as a deliberately fustian moral drama, that one of the most enduring myth subjects of the cinema has succeeded in recasting its old, absurdly potent spell.
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 Silent Film Sources Review
The trouble-plagued filming became a disaster, as costs spiraled out of control and the filming of the sea battle led to the death of several extras who could not swim.
The film opens with a beautifully presented 15 minute prologue of the Nativity, which introduces the ever-present domination of Rome and its legions, and sets the time and place for the rest of the story.
The film was an enormous popular success following its premiere in New York on December 30, 1925, and played in roadshow engagements until its general release in the fall of 1927.
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 Ben-Hur St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
A 1907 film version, produced two years after Wallace's death and without the copyright holders' authorization, set a different kind of precedent.
The Wallace estate sued the film's producers for breach of copyright, receiving a $25,000 settlement.
While not a financial success, however, the film still proved so popular that MGM was able to release it again in 1931, adding music and sound effects for the sound era.
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 Miklos Rozsa: The Film Noir 'net
The Korda films assured the success of Rózsa as a film composer and he made the move to Hollywood in 1940.
Rózsa's work in film noir and "psychological melodrama" at the time was innovative for his use of the theremin, first heard on a motion-picture soundtrack in his score for Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945).
It was a natural transition from such films to the gangster melodramas which dominated Rózsa's career in the late forties, several of them classics of the film noir genre.
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The 15 minute long 1907 version still survives.
The film was directed by Charles Brabin[?], J.J. Cohn[?], and Fred Niblo[?]
The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
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 Why "Ben-Hur" is My Favorite Movie
The film, among the 100 greatest selected by the American Film Institute, won an unprecedented eleven Academy Awards (tied in 1998 by "Titanic" [and in 2004 by "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"]), and has been celebrated by directors from Martin Scorsese to James Cameron for its immense artistic impact.
The film is indeed bracketed by two divine events: the first scenes concern the Adoration of the Magi and the final scenes take place in the shadow of Christ's Cross, as we witness shepherds tending to their flock.
The film focuses on how the central character moves from his own unjust imprisonment, to his self-imprisonment via the very vices he seeks to destroy, to his personal redemption.
www.nyu.edu /projects/sciabarra/essays/benhur.htm   (2668 words)

 The Silent Film Bookshelf
The film was acclaimed for its authenticity and location photography, though critics largely ignored the predictable story and weak performances.
The filming and projection standard for sound films is 24 frames per second (fps), but silent films would be filmed and shown at speeds ranging from 12-26 fps.
Some films were made on distant locations when it was cheaper, or the results could not be achieved at the studio.
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 The DVD Journal: Ben-Hur
A stunt man was killed shooting the chariot race sequences, and director William Wyler left the footage in the film.
Ben Hur is a big movie in more ways than one: it was filmed using a 65 mm anamorphic process and presented in Panavision.
One shot of Heston toward the end, set in a cave at a leper colony, was obviously exposed to the film's limits because of uneven lighting.
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 New York State Writers Institute - Ben Hur Film Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In 1907, the Kalem Company made a 20 minute version of General Lew Wallace's sprawling Biblical epic by stealing some shots of a mock chariot race at a fireworks show at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and adding some interiors.
The film's sea battle, which was intended to rival the trademark chariot race, proved nearly impossible to mount.
The worst agonies were reserved for the film's climax, the chariot race.
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 DVD.net : Ben-Hur - DVD Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The defiantly wide frame is filled with incredible imagery on occasion, and thanks to the resolution of the film format the matte paintings and other effects are integrated into the action more transparently than most other films of this vintage could manage.
To this end, footage from previous film versions is used, along with interviews with key players in the 1959 film, including a fascinating contribution from Gore Vidal and some rare archival interview footage of the late William Wyler.
Particularly enlightening: the excepts from the film in pan ’n’ scan that give you an idea of why this movie MUST be seen in its full widescreen glory, as well as an idea of how substandard earlier video transfers have been.
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 DVD Times - Ben-Hur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
There is a strong backlash against Ben-Hur, and some critics hold the film in an undeserving light of being dull, plodding cinema as opposed to the creative explosion of filmmaking in the sixties and seventies.
Despite the film's age, Ben-Hur has often received multi-channel sound treatment in its cinema presentations, and the 5.1 remix given to the film here is excellent on the whole.
Even so, the film is slit into two sides of the disc, with the intermission (two hour and fifteen minute mark) suitably being the interlude point.
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 Sidney Olcott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab5.csail.mit.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
After making a number of very successful films for the Kalem studio, including "Ben Hur" (1907) with its dramatic chariot race scene, Olcott became the company's president and was rewarded with one share of its stock.
The film concept was at first the subject of much skepticism but when it appeared on screen, it was lauded by the public and the critics.
In 1998 the film was selected for the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress.
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 Ben-Hur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ben-Hur (1907 film) is a 1907 silent film
Ben-Hur (1959 film) is a 1959 film starring Charlton Heston, and the best-known version
Ben-Hur (2003 film) is a 2003 animated film in which Charlton Heston reprises the voice of Ben-Hur
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 WookieeHut Movie Reviews: Ben-Hur
Ben Hur has the feel of an old epic tale that is not as old as most people would think.
Although filming was done in 1958 and '59, two full years before cameras started to roll crews were in Italy starting work on the vast sets that were needed.
Knowledge of the bible and its historical contexts are not at all required to enjoy this film.
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 Ben Hur (1959) - Movie Info - Moviefone
Rating: NA Synopsis: This 1959 version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, which had already seen screen versions in 1907 and 1926, went on to win 11 Academy Awards.
The movie was filmed in a process known as "MGM Camera 65",...
Ben Hur (1959) - Cast & Crew, movie showtimes, plot, synopsis, exclusive features, trailers, clips, theater listings, reviews, message boards, dvd, videos, rentals and more on Moviefone.
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 Ben Hur (1959) - Synopsis - Moviefone
This 1959 version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, which had already seen screen versions in 1907 and 1926, went on to win 11 Academy Awards.
Adapted by Karl Tunberg and a raft of uncredited writers including Gore Vidal and Maxwell Anderson, the film once more recounts the tale of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), who lives in Judea with his family during the time that Jesus Christ was becoming known for his "radical" teachings.
The highlight of the film's 212 minutes is its now-legendary chariot race, staged largely by stunt expert Yakima Canutt.
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 Theater and Film Timeline, 1904-1914
Motion pictures are another story - the first real public movie presentation was only in 1895, and the films of this decade seem primitive and weak to modern audiences.
Still, this is one of the most interesting times in the history of cinema… filmmakers were discovering the basic tricks of the trade and, in America, the business end of the industry was beginning to pull itself together.
Apr.03 > Comedian Ben Turpin is mentioned in a trade journal, and becomes the first American film actor to have his name published
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  (She is his love interest in the film.)  Her father is also there, but he is unable to walk because of the torture he went through at the orders of Juda’s old boyhood friend.
  In 1907 they filmed a 15 minute version of the play.
This movie should have stopped at 90 minutes like most films.
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 Silent Era : PSFL : Ben-Hur (1907)
A growing source of silent era film information.
This listing is from The Progressive Silent Film List by Carl Bennett.
Silent Era Home Page > PSFL > Ben-Hur (1907)
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 Three Choral Suites: Ben-Hur(1959), Quo-Vadis(1951), King of Kings(1961): Miklós Rózsa(1907-1995): Film Music on the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Three Choral Suites: Ben-Hur(1959), Quo-Vadis(1951), King of Kings(1961): Miklós Rózsa(1907-1995): Film Music on the Web CD Reviews Summer 2005
And the ‘Ave Caesar March’ from Quo Vadis and ‘Roman Legions’ from King of Kings both brilliantly evoking the formidable unrelenting might of the Roman legions.
Rózsa’s colourful ethnic writing is evidenced in ‘Assyrian dance’ (Quo Vadis) and Herod’s Feast (King of Kings) both sinuous and sensuous underlining the films’ pagan elements.
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 Movies - Naming Schemes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Ben-Hur: Ben Hur (1907 film)1907, Ben-Hur (1925 film)1925, Ben-Hur (1959 film)1959, and Ben Hur (2003 film)2003
Bordello of Blood - A Tales from the Crypt film
The Patriot (there are at least six films with this name)
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 Ben-Hur [1959] @ EOFFTV
This is film making on teh grandest scale imaginable, from the staggering sets to the legendary chariot race, from the towering performances to the sheer scale of the crowd scenes.
Best Film from any Source [William Wyler] - winner
the bible; miracles; politics; revenge; rome; book into film; chariot races; christianity; jesus christ; leprosy; religion; caves
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