Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler.
Jesus is born. He, Joseph and Mary are visited by the Three Wise Men Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar bringing gifts.
In AD 26, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), a Jewish prince lives in Jerusalem with his mother Miriam (Martha Scott), sister Tirzah (Cathy O' Donnell) and servant Amrah. Judah meets Esther, a childhood friend and they fall in love secretly as Esther is to be married. An old friend, Messala (Stephen Boyd), becomes the tribune of Rome. He and Judah reunite but Messala believes in power and imperial glory. Judah in faith and the freedom of his people. Their friendship ends. An accident injures the new governor of Judea. Messala imprisons Miriam and Tirzah. Judah's condemned to slavery on a galley. He faces hardships on his way to justice, former honor, love and to find his mother and sister.
Jesus of Nazareth's life is a background, yet central story. Jesus offers an enslaved and suffering Judah water which gives him strength for a lifetime. Judah later meets Balthazar who speaks of Jesus, who also preaches about forgiveness giving faith to Judah's hardened heart. At the crucifixion, Judah recalls Jesus and returns his merciful favor by offering water.
This is another epic masterpiece. I saw it in my early teen years, perhaps before. Yesterday, I rewatched it. I remember the grand impression it had on me, ever so intriguing and supremely made. The acting's timeless. It touched my heart profoundly which I still feel today.
The scenes are outstanding and long ahead of its time. Buildings and costumes used are unbelievable. The crowd film scenes and the work behind made the hall of fame of history. I can only imagine what a giant production it was upon its release. Colossal movies like these aren't made anymore. New ones lack the touch of cinematic magic that Ben-Hur will always have.
The message is that kindness and compassion goes farther and deeper than resentment
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