Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur
   William Young's dramatic adaptation of General Lew Wallace's historical novel, Ben-Hur: A Life of the Christ, arrived at the Broadway Theatre at the height of a vogue for religious drama. It opened on 29 November 1899 for 194 performances before becoming one of the most popular touring productions of the first decade of the 20th century. Staged with extraordinary spectacle (widely advertised as utilizing 120,000 square feet of scenery), including a climactic chariot race on treadmills, Ben-Hur recounts the conflict between the title character, a Jew, and his boyhood friend, Messala, a Roman officer. The episodic play follows their various encounters and near brushes with the life of Jesus Christ, who cures Ben-Hur's mother and sister of leprosy. After defeating Messala in a chariot race, Ben-Hur is united with his love, Esther, and converts to Christianity. Numerous tours (often with considerably less spectacle) remained popular into the 1920s when a lavish 1925 motion picture version won vast audiences, as did the 1959 Academy Award-winning remake.

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  • Ben Hur — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Ben Hur est le nom de famille d un prince juif fictif, Judah Ben Hur, dont l histoire est conté dans Ben Hur, roman de Lew Wallace (1880). Plusieurs films …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ben Hur — ist der Titel eines Romans von Lew Wallace, siehe Ben Hur (Roman) Nach dieser Vorlage entstanden Theaterinszenierungen und Filme: Ben Hur (1907) – Regie: Sidney Olcott Ben Hur (1925) – Regie: Fred Niblo Ben Hur (1959) – Regie: William Wyler Ben… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ben-Hur — ist der Titel eines Romans von Lew Wallace, siehe Ben Hur (Roman) Nach dieser Vorlage entstanden Theaterinszenierungen und Filme: Ben Hur (1907) – Regie: Sidney Olcott Ben Hur (1925) – Regie: Fred Niblo Ben Hur (1959) – Regie: William Wyler Ben… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ben-Hur — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Ben Hur es la historia ficticia de Judah Ben Hur, un aristócrata de Judea que de su amigo romano Messala. Originalmente una novela de Lewis Wallace de 1880, la historia se ha adaptado para el cine numerosas veces.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ben-Hur — es la historia ficticia de Judah Ben Hur, un aristócrata de Judea que durante el reinado del emperador romano Augusto es esclavizado a través de la traición de su amigo romano Messala. Originalmente una novela de Lew Wallace de 1880, la historia… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Ben-Hur — [Ben Hur] a novel (1880) by Lew Wallace about the early days of Christianity. It has twice been made into a film. The second of these, made in 1959 with Charlton Heston, won 11 ↑Oscars. The story is about Ben Hur, a young Jew who meets Jesus and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • BEN-HUR — praefectus annonae Soloanonis in monte Ephraim. 1. Reg. c. 4. v. 8. i. e. filius libertatis, foramims, aut albedinus …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Ben Hur — a ↑novel by Lewis Wallace, whose story takes place during the time of Jesus Christ. The story was made into a famous film in 1959 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Ben-Hur — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Ben Hur est le nom de famille d un prince juif fictif, Judah Ben Hur, dont l histoire est conté dans Ben Hur, roman de Lew Wallace (1880). Plusieurs films …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ben-Hur — Lew Wallace novel= is an 1880 novel by American general and author Lew Wallace (1827 1905). NOTOC Adaptations of the novel: * Ben Hur (1907 film), a one reel silent version * Ben Hur (1925 film), an MGM silent film starring Ramon Novarro * Ben… …   Wikipedia

  • Ben Hur —    1) Film historique à grand spectacle de William Wyler, avec Charlton Heston (Ben Hur), Stephen Boyd (Messala), Jack Hawkins (Quintus Arrius), Cathy O Donnelle (Tirzah), Martha Scott (Miriam), Haya Harareet (Esther), Hugh Griffith (Ilderius).… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films


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