Yorkshire Silent Film Festival's opening weekend reaches a spectacular climax!
Betrayed by his boyhood friend, Massala, Ben Hur is imprisoned as a galley slave on a Roman ship and left to die. Saved by a sympathetic general, he sets out to find his lost family. And one day, many years later, Ben Hur and Massala meet once more for a final, violent reckoning as competing Roman charioteers in the Circus Maximus...
The most epic silent film of them all, Ben Hur is a gripping tale of love and revenge. At its premiere in 1925 nothing like it had ever been seen before. The dazzling special effects, thrilling action, glorious technicolour sequences and a cast of thousands helped Ben Hur make MGM’s reputation as the blockbuster studio. The famous chariot race is jaw-dropping even today - captured by forty two cameras, with hundreds of horses and thousands of extras, the sequence was recreated almost shot-by-shot for the 1959 remake with Charlton Heston.
Tickets £9 (please note that Ben Hur is not included in the £25 Saturday Pass offer)
Performing live: Jonathan Best (piano) & Trevor Bartlett (percussion). Ben Hur will be introduced by Vanessa Toulmin.
Directed by Fred Niblo, USA, 1925, 2 hours 23 min, screening in 35mm. This presentation of Ben Hur by arrangement with Photoplay Productions and Warner Brothers.
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