- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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Ben-Hur (1925) on Criterion Collection DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
Although I'm more familiar with the 1959 Oscar-winning version, this silent version obviously has a great deal of merit and then some. Therefore, it wouldn't hurt to have it on Criterion Collection DVD.
This really was a pleasant surprise for me. I had already seen the 59 version and didn't like it much- the story and Heston's acting were over the top melodramatic. Even the chariot scene was kind of a disappointment. But this film was much more watchable, one of the great silent films. I thought that the story actually suited a silent film better: instead of a character overemoting in lots of dialog about his current troubles, here it's taken care of in a few dialog cards. I liked the acting, especially Francis Bushman and Ramon Navarro.
- David H.
Illeana Douglas seems to have forgotten about original writer-supervisor June Mathis who was one of the most powerful women in early films. Mathis urged MGM to film Ben-Hur in Italy that proved to be a disaster and was taken off the production although she still retained screen credit for her adaptation of Lew Wallace's book. At least, co-host Leslie Dixon provided some insight into this and other films presented last night while Ms. Douglas only gave us her unbridled feminism.
Ramon Navarro is magnificent in this film. this silent version of Ben Hur is far better than the 1959 remake. I did not even think I would enjoy a silent epic but I did. The naval battle scenes are absolutely incredible and it is a marvel how intricate the sets were. And for those looking for some gruesome battle scenes, this film does not disappoint. There are some pretty dramatic moments. The acting is magnificent and the emotion conveyed by this film is powerful. I am greatly impressed and would love to have a dvd of this magnificent film.
I was so impressed with this version of Ben-Hur. I marveled at the acting which showed REAL acting. I loved the chariot scenes. It was a monumental movie for the time.
One of the great cinematic epics ever made! This is an artistic and historic treat. Even though it's a silent feature, the performances "speak" for themselves. The special effects utilized back then weren't state of the art, but shouldn't deter new viewers from seeing this. This is an example of the power of storytelling.
An exquisite film...
The chariot race scenes are far more exciting than the remake...the entire movie is more emotional and sensitive, not only in the acting, but the words albeit it a silent film.
I Hope They Show it Again.
I hope they show it again because I missed it the last time they showed it, and I've never seen the silent version. I didn't even know there WAS a silent version.
This is the best movie ever made!!
- Mark Sutch
What? No comments for this amazing film?
This is a great movie. I find it much better than the remake, even though it's successor is almost scene for scene like it. There's so much history behind this one, as well. It's beautifully made and quite moving. If you like silent movies or have yet to find yourself attempting to watch a classic, then this is the movie to watch. It is more than just a silent movie. I give it a 10/10.