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Ben-Hur (1925)

Director, Fred Niblo. Cast: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson, Claire McDowell, Kathleen Key, Carmel Myers, Nigel de Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Leo White, Frank Currier, Charles Belcher, Dale Fuller, Winter Hall. Silent version of the sweeping saga that tells the story of a young Jewish nobleman who leads his nation against the wrath of the conquering Romans. His self-imposed destiny brings tragedy to himself and his people, as he learns to fight, love, hate and, finally, forgive. 148 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Buchanan, Judith. "Gospel Narratives on Silent Film." In: The Cambridge companion to literature on screen / edited by Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.85 .C36 2007; Media Resources Center PN1997.85 .C36 2007)
Thomas, Gordon. "Getting It Right the Second Time: Adapting Ben-Hur for the Screen." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 52, 2006 May Full-text of this article / review is available:
Williams, Michael. "The Idol Body: Stars, Statuary and the Classical Epic." Film & History, Fall2009, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p39-48, 10p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Winchell, Mark Royden. "Racing for glory : Fred Niblo's Ben-Hur (1926) and William Wyler's Ben-Hur (1959)" In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ". Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.W53 2008)