Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Happy Anniversary! Premiered in New York City, December 30th, 1925

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As we can see from the posters, lobby cards, programs and ads for Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, every means and all tools were used to promote this film, yet, because of its budget (most expensive of the silent era at 3.9 million) it lost money on its initial run, finally making a little profit in the re-release in 1931 when a score and sound-effects were added. (See our post about another Easter favorite, from 1935: Golgotha)

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Stills from Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ:

ben hur 062-ben-hur-theredlist Forty-eight cameras were used to film the sea battle, a record for a single scene.

ben hur 066-ben-hur-theredlist The Guinness Book of World Records (2002 edition), relates that Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, contains the most edited scene in cinema history. Editor Lloyd Nosler compressed 200,000 feet (60,960 meters) of film into a mere 750 feet (228.6 meters) for the chariot race…

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