Between Love Story and Resurrection
Base role in the film remained unchanged. Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a mighty Jew, to be more precise - the prince, whose old friend, Roman Messale (Stephen Boyd), is trying to persuade to aid in cooling an increasingly burning patriotism Judah. These are, of course, wishful thinking asking that the arrogance and pride do not see that Ben Hur in no way agrees to such proposals. The young Jew is gaining in this way a fierce antagonist - the first is already using this opportunity to play on a former comrade. During the passage of the new prefect of Judea by the Jerusalem stone knocked off inadvertently by Sister Ben Hur hits - the fate! - the new manager is in the province.
Of course, for the Romans this is tantamount to an attempt to murder the Roman notables, for nothing can seem to requests Judah Messale remains adamant, what's more, he gives the order inclusions sister (Cathy O'Donnell) and mother of Ben Hur (Martha Scott) to prison, and himself - to the galleys.
Jewish prince Messali promises that have come back, which naturally resides in the announcement of revenge, and we can be sure that the word keep. Theme of revenge is very important in the novel Wallace; he is responsible for the adventure film song. The prototype, however, is balanced by religious threads, and these are not so much about the scene of Jesus - these also appear in the film - how many of the considerations Balthazar, Simonides, and to a lesser extent, Sheikh ilderim. The axis of discussion and expression is the desire to explain the reasons for the coming of a mysterious man from Nazareth. For some he is the future king of the Jews, the greatest of the greatest, yet the earth, others consider him as redeemer of souls.
Wallace helped these considerations naturally talk about the most basic truths of the faith, ie. The importance of salvation, and at the same time gave connect to the motif of the internal transformation of Judah Ben Hur.
In the film, these considerations have been virtually removed, except for brief and occasional interpolations Baltazar (Finlay Currie), besides the host rarely on the screen, we find there is not reflection on the subject. This procedure otherwise should not be surprising - longer parties spoken could too slow action, a film with these characteristics only would it hurt enough to say that it is a fun Sheikh Ilderim (The Oscar role of Hugh Griffith), the strongest kick on the second plan, and not more reflexive : Simonides (Sam Jaffe), and Baltazar.
Clearly it can be seen that the director tried to offset these shortcomings the last scenes. And it was not a stupid idea, pronunciation and emotional present in the images of the Cross helped at least somewhat more strongly emphasize the Christian spirit present in the original, and even more, was exposed because what is most important for this religion and faith: the salvific nature of the death of Jesus on cross. But there is no lack of religious reflection clearly demonstrates the aesthetics of the film depending dominant in the time of its creation. Pageantry and epic, at whose expense was paid layer of original intellectual, it's just a feature film and entertainment media: yesterday and today. More anachronistically presents a love story, let's - very expansive plot in this film. Esther (Haya Harareet), in love with Ben Hur, with reciprocal moreover, goes far beyond the patriarchal model of the correct ancient times. Book retains the original oriental color, while the film Wyler Haya Harareet conventions means not to worry. Both of Heston played together in a couple of scenes created alive transferred from the more or less sentimental love stories 50s only thing that reminds us that their form from the early and in. Century AD, the costumes. If we add to this the appropriate musical setting, the premise perfectly correlated with a large dose of passion bound full range of poses and sighs, we get the story in history, or more precisely: the love story of two lovers aesthetically incompatible with the rest of this epic work. Today, this artificiality may have hurt, because although feelings at the source are the same, it's the language of love is sometimes different. Besides, there will be grossly inaccurate to say that the language of feelings depicted in the film, and at that time, ie. In the 50s XX century., Was the creation of more than a reflection of reality, so that it was easier to approve. Watching "Ben Hur", winner of eleven Oscars, of course, can be recommended to anyone kinomanowi as homework with knowledge of the history of the Tenth Muse, but a man without advanced cognitive aspirations in this sphere can spend time on the film Wyler.
Although the length of the work is stripped longueur larger, which of course does not mean that it swallow one night; set design and costumes defend themselves fully well today; epic, sometimes monumental case is not kitsch - is firmly rooted in the cinema