Upon its publication in 1880, the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ became for a time the best-selling American book ever. Its popularity and influence had not much
Upon its publication in 1880, the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ became for a time the best-selling American book ever. Its popularity and influence had not much waned by 1959, when it was made the basis of the huge MGM epic film starring Charlton Heston. But in between, another feature-length movie was made from the story of Ben-Hur, the prince turned slave. Starring Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, and May McAvoy, this version of Ben-Hur was the most expensive movie of the silent era and cost more than $3.9 million to make — and its cinematographic techniques and sense of huge scale would remain as influential in the world of film as the book was in the world of literature.
This silent film will be presented with live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ by Dr. Steven Ball, Organist Emeritus of the world’s largest pipe organ, located at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Patrons are invited to prepare for their silent film experience by joining Dr. Ball for an educational session, “Music In Film,” from 9:00am-Noon that morning.
(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
711 North Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602