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The Resource Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a William Wyler's presentation ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay, Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler

Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a William Wyler's presentation ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay, Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler

Label
Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ
Title
Ben-Hur
Title remainder
a tale of the Christ
Statement of responsibility
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a William Wyler's presentation ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay, Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler
Title variation
  • Tale of the Christ
  • William Wyler's presentation of Ben-Hur
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • fre
  • spa
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Judah Ben-Hur is a young Jewish nobleman from a prominent who is reunited with his childhood friend Messala. Messala returns to Judea as a Roman tribune. There is a genuine friendship between the two men, yet the clash of their cultures drives a wedge between them. That wedge finally drives Messala to banish Judah to the slave galleys and sends his mother and his sister to prison. From that point forward, Judah's life becomes a quest: a quest to survive and a quest for vengeance. Judah survives the galleys to become the adopted son of a Roman general, and his triumphant return to Judea permits him to challenge and subsequently confront Messala in a chariot race
Awards note
Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Charlton Heston; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Hugh Griffith; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, William A. Horning, Edward C. Carfagno, Hugh Hunt; Best Cinematography, Color, Robert Surtees; Best Costume Design, Color, Elizabeth Haffenden; Best Director, William Wyler; Best Effects, Special Effects, A. Arnold Gillespie (visual), Robert MacDonald (visual), Milo B. Lory (audible); Best Film Editing, Ralph E. Winters, John D. Dunning; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Miklos Rozsa; Best Picture, Sam Zimbalist; Best Sound, Franklin Milton (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director of photography, Robert L. Surtees ; art director, Edward Carfagno, William A. Horning ; editors, John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters ; music, Miklós Rózsa ; costume designer, Elizabeth Haffenden
Language note
English or dubbed French dialogue with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles (1959 feature film only)
PerformerNote
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, André Morell
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1902-1981
  • 1910-1973
  • 1931-2021
  • 1931-1977
  • 1912-1980
  • 1914-2003
  • 1925-1970
  • 1891-1984
  • 1878-1968
  • 1926-1994
  • 1922-2011
  • 1888-1960
  • 1909-1978
  • 1907-1995
  • 1827-1905
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Wyler, William
  • Zimbalist, Sam
  • Tunberg, Karl
  • Heston, Charlton
  • Hawkins, Jack
  • Harareet, Haya
  • Boyd, Stephen
  • Griffith, Hugh
  • Scott, Martha
  • O'Donnell, Cathy
  • Jaffe, Sam
  • Currie, Finlay
  • Thring, Frank
  • Longdon, Terence
  • Relph, George
  • Morell, André
  • Rózsa, Miklós
  • Wallace, Lew
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Turner Entertainment Co
  • Warner Home Video (Firm)
Runtime
222
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jewish men
  • Chariot racing
  • Social conflict
  • Rome
  • Holy Roman Empire
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a William Wyler's presentation ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay, Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Closed-captioned
  • Based on the novel by Lew Wallace
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1925 and 1959
  • Special features: Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher with scene-specific comments from Charlton Heston; new digital transfer from restored 65MM elements; music-only track; Disc 3: the 1925 feature-length silent version of 'Ben-Hur with a stereophonic orchestral score by composer Carl Davis. Disc 4: 2005 documentary: 'Ben-Hur: The epic that changed cinema'; current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of the film; 1994 documentary: 'Ben-Hur: The making of an epic' hosted by Christopher Plummer; 'Directed by William Wyler' the 1986 Emmy Award-nominated documentary featuring the last interview with Wyler before his death; 'Ben-Hur: A journey through pictures' a new audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue; screen tests: Leslie Nielsen and Cesare Danova, Leslie Nielsen and Yale Wexler, George Baker and William Russel; highlights from the 4/4/1960 Academy Awards ceremony; vintage newsreels gallery; theatrical trailer gallery
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
disc 1-2. Ben-Hur (1959) -- disc 3. Ben-Hur (1925 version) / directed by Fred Niblo ; adaptation by June Mathis -- disc 4. Bonus materials
Control code
61281771
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Edition
Four-disc collector's edition
Extent
4 videodiscs (222 min.)
Isbn
9781419810794
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Note
  • Bowdoin stacks copy: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use ONLY
  • Colby: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use only.
Other control number
012569675353
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
67535
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD, dual layer, Region 1, widescreen (2.76:1) and full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
Terms governing use
Colby: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use only
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a William Wyler's presentation ; produced by Sam Zimbalist ; screenplay, Karl Tunberg ; directed by William Wyler
Publication
Note
  • Closed-captioned
  • Based on the novel by Lew Wallace
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1925 and 1959
  • Special features: Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher with scene-specific comments from Charlton Heston; new digital transfer from restored 65MM elements; music-only track; Disc 3: the 1925 feature-length silent version of 'Ben-Hur with a stereophonic orchestral score by composer Carl Davis. Disc 4: 2005 documentary: 'Ben-Hur: The epic that changed cinema'; current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of the film; 1994 documentary: 'Ben-Hur: The making of an epic' hosted by Christopher Plummer; 'Directed by William Wyler' the 1986 Emmy Award-nominated documentary featuring the last interview with Wyler before his death; 'Ben-Hur: A journey through pictures' a new audiovisual recreation of the film via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue; screen tests: Leslie Nielsen and Cesare Danova, Leslie Nielsen and Yale Wexler, George Baker and William Russel; highlights from the 4/4/1960 Academy Awards ceremony; vintage newsreels gallery; theatrical trailer gallery
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
disc 1-2. Ben-Hur (1959) -- disc 3. Ben-Hur (1925 version) / directed by Fred Niblo ; adaptation by June Mathis -- disc 4. Bonus materials
Control code
61281771
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Edition
Four-disc collector's edition
Extent
4 videodiscs (222 min.)
Isbn
9781419810794
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Note
  • Bowdoin stacks copy: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use ONLY
  • Colby: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use only.
Other control number
012569675353
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
67535
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD, dual layer, Region 1, widescreen (2.76:1) and full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
Terms governing use
Colby: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use only
Video recording format
DVD

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