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Spiritual Sunday: 'Ben-Hur' (1925)

Ben-Hur (1925) film poster.
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"Ben-Hur" is this week's pick for Spiritual Sunday. Now many of us who like epic movies and Charlton Heston movies have probably seen the 1959 "Ben-Hur" movie, which is one of the best epics of it's time, but were looking at the 1920s silent version. This one is also an epic film.

Instead of Heston in the role, it was silent star Ramon Novarro. Fred Niblo directed the movie, Louis B. Mayer produced it, adapted by June Mathias, and starred with Novarro was Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, and Betty Bronson.

The movie was quite extravagantly done and in 1997 was selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry. The movie on Rotten Tomatoes has a 100% and on IMDb has a 8.1. It's known as being one of the most expensive silent movies.

The epic film that looks at the journey of Ben-Hur from being a slave in the Roman Galleys to the most famous chariot race. To note this movie was based on a novel written by Lew Wallace.

So today if you like silent cinema and big epic movies watch "Ben-Hur" then! It's only $1.99 on Amazon.